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« Reply #2190 on: October 31, 2015, 04:30:51 AM »
Hi Gary,

Welcome to the forum.

The answer to your question is yes and hopefully you will quickly get an explanation (in the other thread) of how to do it by people who are better at explaining things than I.

Tweakie.

Thank you Tweakie much appreciated


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« Reply #2191 on: October 31, 2015, 07:22:01 PM »
My name is Rick Sparber and am new to this forum. Started with manual machining around 1990 and only came over to the "dark side" (CNC) this year. I own a RF-30 mill/drill which now has 4 axes. I run lead screws that let me generate test coupons that are within +/- a thou of my goal in the XY plane.

I use Alibre PE for drawing my parts, CamBam for g-code conversion, and lately Notepad to modify the g-code to make complex shapes.

Part of my hobby is inventing new ways to do things. Since I'm a newbie to CNC, most if not all of my new ways are really just new to me. I also enjoy documenting what I find. Comments from my readers almost always improvement these documents and stimulate interesting conversations. An overview of my work can be found at http://rick.sparber.org/ma.htm. The last entry in the table of contents is CNC but you will also find articles related to CNC in my mill attachments section. You will also find articles of mine in Home Shop Machinist, Machinist Workshop, and soon in Digital Machinist.
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« Reply #2192 on: November 01, 2015, 01:49:25 AM »
Hi Rick

Welcome to the forum

I have just been having a look at your website, lots of fascinating stuff on there, I really like your parallelogram T Nuts, very handy I think I will make a few of those.

Regards Mark
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« Reply #2193 on: November 01, 2015, 07:26:07 AM »
Thanks Mark
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« Reply #2194 on: November 04, 2015, 10:37:34 PM »
I joined a few weeks ago. I am new to cnc. I have a small mill and lathe that I use. I bought a small cnc to try. I hooked it up to my dell dimensions 3100, but could not get any movement from the motors. I was getting a signal because the motors become locked when the controller is turned on. I tread all sorts of solutions but to no avail. I did have a lot of extra softeware on the 3100 so I decided to buy a reconditioned dell OptiPlex 755 with windows 7 pro, 32 bit and nothing else as a dedicated pc. I hooked it up and still no action. I am out of ideas. I Hoping someone has a solution. I have been talking with another guy on the forum and he has been very helpful, but I think I might be the weak link. Stuck in Ohio!!

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Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
« Reply #2195 on: November 05, 2015, 01:56:52 AM »
Hi Garand,

Welcome to the forum.

May I suggest you go back to the thread you started and post you .xml file (as requested by Rob). The guys there will get to the bottom of the problem and I am certain they will get your machine running.  ( http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,31042.msg215298.html#msg215298 )


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Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.  Winston Churchill.
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« Reply #2196 on: November 05, 2015, 05:36:51 PM »
I am retired tool n die machinest but been using mach3 on a mini mill. I like the program so far don't quite understand tool offsets seems a lot differant then comercial machines. Tom
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« Reply #2197 on: November 10, 2015, 04:00:19 AM »
hello and warm greetings from liverpool, england. my name is mark, i am a TOTAL newb, to the world of cnc, and am and have been extremely excited ;) to
to aquire my new, humble cnc set up. i am a self taught hobby jeweller, and until present have made everything by hand. i learned everything i know from watching you tube videos, and then practical trial and error. i am very proud to have acquired, fully licensed Mach3, a (small) wegstr cnc, with a 140x200 working area, and a max height under spindle of 38mm. spindle speed 6000. a new pc, OS win8.1 with more spec than needed, that was very expensive, and actually a lot more than needed, except parallel ports :) so duly bought a UC100  motion controller that, after much disappointment and tears before purchase, made everything whirr up, light up and i had communication to machine, and movement. this may sound simple to all reading, but for me to get to this stage was nearly a phd in effort. and appx 20 hrs watching tutorials on you tube, and took a few weeks..

i am milling wax billets, no bigger than 8cm x 8cm so im thinking i need to set up machine to these settings?!

 so after that introduction, im sure you understand, this new member is probably, going to need your kind help , pretty pretty please ! have read some great info in the forum, which has been really helpful, and will continue to search through for my answers, as im sure they are all in here. i am awaiting my design software and am using trial versions of artsoft artcam, at the moment. as well as practising with mach3 installed g-code files, (roadrunner) :)  any help or advice, would really be appreciated, and once again, many thanks and regards.

my first question would be, could somebody show me an easy to understand video tutorial or link here, of how to set up my work table area, soft limits, tool setting, home and zeroing!?! as i have been watching videos and following tutorials, but have yet to fully understand the navigation, as my machine is not set correctly, the little i have done on there has obviously not been able to fully function.  but it has been very satisfying just to see some action, i now actually want to get started producing lol  many thanks

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« Reply #2198 on: November 10, 2015, 04:25:10 AM »
Hi Mark,

Welcome to the forum.

The tutorial video's are here   http://www.machsupport.com/videos/

If you haven't done so already then have a read through Chris.Botha‚Äôs  threads - I think we have all learnt so much from him over the years.  http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,11446.0.html

Tweakie.

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.  Winston Churchill.
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« Reply #2199 on: November 10, 2015, 10:13:23 AM »
Hi Mark from another Mark

Welcome to the forum and well done on getting your machine running. I am much in the same boat having just bought my own first machine. Plug and play they are not, it's a steep learning curve to start. I've had a few difficulties getting everything up and running and I'm a Mech/Elect Engineering technician by trade. But persevere, your first stepper motor squeak is a milestone as is your first actual cutting of material. Its a bit scary when you hit cycle start for the first time with the cutter actually rotating and real material on the table.

Mine has just done it's first actual job and It did it superbly. I was jumping up and down when it came out even better than expected.

You say you are cutting wax what's that for lost wax casting ?

Regards Mark