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Denford Micromill 2000, Denford Microlathe
« on: December 25, 2008, 11:10:50 PM »
I have a Denford Micromill 2000 and a Denford Microlathe, will Mach3 run these machine or do I have to change the boards ? Thanks

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Re: Denford Micromill 2000, Denford Microlathe
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2008, 06:32:42 AM »
It depends on the type of controller that is/was fitted as to what needs to be done, it is possible to control the machines, if you can give us more details about what is in the control boxes, post some photos too as that helps.

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Re: Denford Micromill 2000, Denford Microlathe
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2008, 12:00:04 PM »
Heres what the label on the side of the machine says.....

Model-    Micromill 2000
Ser #-    60214
Des Date-    Sept 2002
Voltage- 110v
F.L.C-    7A 50HZ 1PH
Control Voltage-    12V
Spindle Motor-    0.5HP .37kw DCPH
Electrics Ser#-    U0209020045   
Max Rpm-    2800   
Net Weight-    50kg

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Re: Denford Micromill 2000, Denford Microlathe
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2008, 02:01:49 PM »
Hi,

Denford still upgrade these so no public domain data is available, you can get it updated or because it has a DenStep controller, you will have to remove the controller and fit new drives a breakout board and spindle controller.

Its not a big problem, many here can help you.

Graham
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Re: Denford Micromill 2000, Denford Microlathe
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2008, 02:27:28 PM »
Denford will sell me the software for right around $650.00 i think, so do you think it will cost less than that to convert this machine to work with Mach 3? thanks

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Re: Denford Micromill 2000, Denford Microlathe
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2008, 02:43:40 PM »
I would have thought so,

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and your time and this forum.

Graham
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Re: Denford Micromill 2000, Denford Microlathe
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2008, 03:10:27 AM »
Thanks for the info, but if i convert my machine to run with these boards, can i use Mastercam version 7 or Mastercam version 9 to run the machine, I have this software already.
Thanks

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Re: Denford Micromill 2000, Denford Microlathe
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2008, 03:54:30 AM »
Yes, that should not be a problem. Mach3 runs pretty much ISO g-code so will run code from most CAM systems.

If you look in the downloads section at the top of the site you will find a Mach3 Mastercam post processor for version 9.

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Re: Denford Micromill 2000, Denford Microlathe
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2008, 12:56:43 PM »
I have pretty much the exact same mill however, I decided it was in my best interest to use industry standard components as it will not tie you to that OEM's proprietary equipment. I used PMDX boards, had a friend help me with voltage requirements but, other than that, I was able to keep all their other safeguards and wired them accordingly and it turned out to be a very clean and neat retrofit(especially for a first timer). It is up and running and so far I am pleased with it's performance. And you can probably do it for the same money or less. I can give you a list everything I used if you want it. Hope this helps! CT
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Re: Denford Micromill 2000, Denford Microlathe
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2008, 01:15:41 PM »
CT,

I'd be interested in seeing the list of items you used as I'm shopping around for a better setup for my Taig Lathe conversion - :)

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