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    Re: Emco vmc100 + ATC + mach

    I'm in the process of a similar conversion on a PCMill 100 - which appears similar to the VMC.

    At the moment I'm planning on driving the original VFD - which either operates as a spindle with...
  2. Re: Any User Input?? - Hind Technologies / Masso HTG5A1S Controller

    I bought a 5 Axis Masso - and am starting to wonder if I made a good choice!

    I've built a multi-purpose Plasma / Router / Milling Table. I bought the 5 Axis version so I could run a slave axis...
  3. Re: PCMill 100 with intermittent "2520 ORD 1 RS485" Error

    After a few goes, wiggling cables - the error cleared itself.
    I've spent a few weeks trying to figure out the (horrible) software - but now the same error has reappeared!

    Decision made - change...
  4. PCMill 100 with intermittent "2520 ORD 1 RS485" Error

    I have a new to me PC Mill 100 - which looks like it's never been used, very clean & new looking!

    The PC has clearly been replaced at some point - but it appears to work.

    If I switch on,...
  5. Re: Has anyone had success with DIY HF-pilot start?

    I've been CNC cutting with a Hypertherm as well as a nasty Chinese cutter and most recently an R-Tech 50A Plasma, all of which have been HF start.

    If you believe what you read on most threads /...
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    In a previous life, I was involved with a company...

    In a previous life, I was involved with a company who made gearboxes with what they described as controlled backlash which were used in robotics.
    They realised that when you are moving rapidly, you...
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    My little contribution to the Hypocycloid theme....

    My little contribution to the Hypocycloid theme.

    I have modified the Rhino Script Zoidberg Posted to work with Rhino4. On my copy at least, it did not have the ATan2 function - so I coded this...
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    It's surprisingly good. The main problem is the...

    It's surprisingly good. The main problem is the copper is exposed and tends to oxidise and break contact - so it needs cleaning if it's been left a long time.

    The repeatability of it is within a...
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    "Hole Saw" 3D Touchprobe

    YouTube - CNC 3D Touch Probe

    I've been building an Automatic Tool Changer for my Lathe - which has stalled while I wait for a Gecko driver to arrive - so my lathe is out of action. I...
  10. $2k sounds a bit steep for a machine which will...

    $2k sounds a bit steep for a machine which will probably require the controls replacing in the not too distant future even if they work at the moment.

    If you have already bought it - it shouldn't...
  11. Spindle drive / motor on Series 2 Mk 1

    I recently converted my Bridgeport to Mach3 - and it has been fantastic! Unfortunately, this evening the Mentor II spindle drive died (lots of smoke!).

    A used replacement looks like it will cost...
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    That's an idea too! I have all the wiring for...

    That's an idea too!
    I have all the wiring for 4th & 5th Axis - but no servo drivers. I also have a nice indexing head that could easily grow a stepper motor. Then just run it without closed loop...
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    Fantastic! That's exactly what I was hoping...

    Fantastic!

    That's exactly what I was hoping for!

    It will potentially be useful for others as well since one of these + a Step Dir servo controller are about $250 compared with $500 for the...
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    Thanks Al, Unfortunately, in Europe there is...

    Thanks Al,
    Unfortunately, in Europe there is almost nothing listed on eBay. There are several companies selling apparently re-conditioned drives but as I've found, they are very expensive and...
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    Converting to +/-10v Possible?

    I have a Bridgeport Interact with a dead servo drive. A replacement is going to cost me best part of $1000 and the one that has blown was replaced with a 'reconditioned' drive 12 months ago - so I'm...
  16. After a bit of digging, I found the following...

    After a bit of digging, I found the following document:
    http://www.apator-control.katowice.pl/opis/maestro/midimaximaestro.pdf

    Which lists the functions & connections on the Mini Maestro drive.
    ...
  17. Maybe not!

    Sorry to drag this thread up again.
    Over the past year I have replaced all three servo drives at £360+Tax each. Last night, half way through a job, there was a pop from inside the control cab - and...
  18. Thanks for all your help - I am going to order a...

    Thanks for all your help - I am going to order a repaired drive for £360 with a warranty - hopefully it will be OK!

    Si
  19. I'm in Horsham - near Gatwick Airport. I have...

    I'm in Horsham - near Gatwick Airport.

    I have spoken to CT - and they were very helpful.

    Regards,

    Si
  20. Sorry - it is Control Techniques. Control...

    Sorry - it is Control Techniques. Control Solutions was a project I worked on years ago!

    Thanks for the info, I'll give them a try. You are right about the number of rip-offs out there! £1200...
  21. Control Techniques Midi Maestro 140X14/28 Wanted Urgently

    Mine has died after a bit of a tool crash on the X axis of my Bridgeport Interact. I need to find another one reasonably urgently as without it, the mill is just a big paper-weight!

    I can arrange...
  22. Control Solutions Midi Maestro - dead after tool crash!

    I have a Bridgeport Interact Mk1 which uses Control Solutions 'Midi Maestro' 140X14/28 servo drives.

    Sadly, a tool crash seems to have killed the X axis drive and I'm struggling to find anyone to...
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    Sticky: Time to stop lurking! Afternoon! My...

    Time to stop lurking!

    Afternoon! My name...well you 've probably guessed that already!

    I run a little engineering design company in the UK. I've had manual machines for years - but decided to...
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