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Re: Bridgeport sx-15 to mach 3
« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2012, 04:21:05 PM »
Yes been a busy week shifting machines but sadly not got any paying jobs done ;D
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Re: Bridgeport sx-15 to mach 3
« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2012, 04:27:38 PM »
That sure sounds familliar!
What kind is your new machine?

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Re: Bridgeport sx-15 to mach 3
« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2012, 04:29:35 PM »
Well its just new to me, its 1987/89 vintage I think. Its a Chiron FZ12S
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Re: Bridgeport sx-15 to mach 3
« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2012, 04:33:51 PM »
Not sure what that is, Ill have to look it up.
Have you up graded it?
Pictures?

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Re: Bridgeport sx-15 to mach 3
« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2012, 04:38:03 PM »
I put a few pictures up, it looks a lot tidier than the pics make it look. Its had the old control and motors stripped off so I will be putting Mach on it with AC servos that I already have.
Had to get rid of the Bridgeport CNC and one of my manual lathes to make room. Still have a Triumph manual lathe, the big Computurn CNC lathe, the wee Conect CNC I am presently doing and a Beaver NC5 mill.

Pics are in this thread http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,22495.0.html
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Re: Bridgeport sx-15 to mach 3
« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2012, 11:13:47 PM »
That looks like quite a project.
That will be nice when you get it finished.

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Re: Bridgeport sx-15 to mach 3
« Reply #26 on: October 13, 2012, 03:07:20 AM »
Well just away down to check the machine over to make sure no damage happened in transport, column seemingly broke loose from its straps :( Then I have to get it inside somehow, thats going to be a struggle I think :D
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Re: Bridgeport sx-15 to mach 3
« Reply #27 on: October 13, 2012, 08:20:15 AM »
Well at first look it seemed bad but after further investigation it wasnt as bad as I had feared. The Y axis ballscrew has come off the end and some of the balls have come out, so thats the bad. The Y axis trucks were half off the rails but seems the balls stayed in and also looks like there is no damage other than sheared screws on the wipers and a few bent guards.
I also feared the Z had come off the end of the rails and ballscrew but seems the guard had stopped it just before the end so it seems to be ok. Guard is a wee bit buckled but nothing I cant sort.
So all in all a lot better than I had first thought and maybe will even be able to just reload the balls into the ball nut, just have to work out how I gain access to the ballscrew/nut to get it out. I am hoping I dont have to lift it off the rails as that would be a major PITA.
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Re: Bridgeport sx-15 to mach 3
« Reply #28 on: October 13, 2012, 10:45:00 PM »
Sounds like a project, but one that will be worth the work. How far does it travel in XYZ?
Do you have any experience with a Galil DMC 1000 4 axis controller?  Will that work with Mach 3

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Re: Bridgeport sx-15 to mach 3
« Reply #29 on: October 14, 2012, 01:54:58 AM »
Travels are X= 550mm Y=300mm  Z= 280mm
I managed to get the ballscrew out and the balls reloaded but seem to be 4 missing so I will have to get some.
Dont have any experience with the Galils, did have one I picked up second hand but never used it so sold it on. You would have to check on the Galil section if that particular model would work but I think it does.
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