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  1. Thread: Losing steps

    by upnorth
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    Re: Losing steps

    I already ditched Mach on the milling machine. I installed an Acorn. Its currently undergoing testing. I may try Mach 3 on a lathe I have. I have quite a bit of money invested in hardware that...
  2. Thread: Losing steps

    by upnorth
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    Re: Losing steps

    Any update on this? I think you were luckier than me. I had random issues with Mach 3 the entire time. At first because I was doing one offs I thought the problem was with me. When I started doing...
  3. Thread: Losing steps

    by upnorth
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    Re: Losing steps

    Which VFD do you have? When I first got my mill I had the C300 vfd. I had issues with the smooth stepper. I don't remember the exact message but something like out of data. I also had trouble with...
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    Re: Acorn CNC PC requirement

    I had windows 7 on my computer. I had to upgrade it to windows 10 to use the acorn. I can't remember exactly where but there was a link built into windows 7. Maybe try searching for "upgrade" in the...
  5. Re: Anyone considering the centroid Acorn instead of path pilot?

    I'm not going to stop using a power drawbar. I'm trying to decide if I'm going to continue using the one from Novakon. There are some other options available that are air powered.
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    Re: Acorn and Rays feedback

    I started out with a Mach 3 based control. It worked but would some times do bizarre things. It would forget to apply a tool off set. Another time on about the 10th part on a multi part run it moved...
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    Re: Acorn and Rays feedback

    I recently bought an acorn and have installed it on my milling machine. I also read Ray's thread on the acorn and I almost did not buy one. Rays point about things being difficult to find because of...
  8. Re: Anyone considering the centroid Acorn instead of path pilot?

    I'm not sure if the machines use the same BOB or not. One of the things I was not happy with is the wizard on the acorn board. It is quite limited if you want to change things. Some research turned...
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    Re: Lathe turret control with an acorn

    This is what I was looking for. It probably would not be too difficult to add a line to look for the lock.
  10. Re: Anyone considering the centroid Acorn instead of path pilot?

    I have a Torus pro stepper version. The BOB will not be going back in so I guess its for sale. Its a revision 5.2.
  11. Re: Anyone considering the centroid Acorn instead of path pilot?

    Coolant is hooked up. Calibration is done on all 3 axis. I think I will tweak it a little in the future though.
  12. Re: tormach limitation, or am I doing something wrong?

    Next time you zero out the run out of the Haimer do this. Before you remove the Haimer put a dot of paint on the spindle and one on the tool holder make sure they line up. Whenever you put the Haimer...
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    Re: Mach3 controllers

    Does it have to be Mach 3? I'm currently getting away from Mach 3. I found it to be unreliable.
  14. Re: Anyone considering the centroid Acorn instead of path pilot?

    Homing is set up and worked on the first try. Tomorrow I'll set up the coolant and maybe wire in the probe. Is anyone actually interested in these progress reports? If not I'll stop posting them.
  15. Re: Anyone considering the centroid Acorn instead of path pilot?

    X,Y and Z are calibrated. Spindle works as it should. RPM is slightly high but it always was. I'll set up the homing tomorrow. I did not hook up the coolant yet but there will be no issue with that.
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    Re: Unirobotics SA is a SCAM

    This is getting answered after 4 years? Seems like a long wait.
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    Re: DrewTronics s5000LED TTS touch probe?

    I recently bought one of the probes from Drewtronics. Not the TTS model but I'm sure its similar except for the holder. I'm converting my mill now and hoping to try out the probe later this week....
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    Re: Some days are worse than others

    Wow I'll quit complaining that it was a little chilly in my unheated shop last week. That video is an excellent example of what can go wrong and the consequences. Thankfully no one was standing in...
  19. Re: Anyone considering the centroid Acorn instead of path pilot?

    I just looked it up and it does mention being limited in the intercon mode to 20 lines. I think that it does do thread milling through CAM. Its not really an issue for me as I will be upgrading to at...
  20. Re: Anyone considering the centroid Acorn instead of path pilot?

    Breakout board has arrived. I ordered one from Amazon. I'm sort of new to ordering things from Amazon. Its quite a treat to order something obscure in 2 minutes and then have it hand delivered for...
  21. Re: Anyone considering the centroid Acorn instead of path pilot?

    I can't believe it has been two years since I brought up this question. I recently bought an acorn and will be starting the install next week. I need to order a db25 breakout board then I can get...
  22. Thread: Making Parts

    by upnorth
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    Re: Making Parts

    Its nice to see how people set things up. I keep thinking I should set up some sort of a small fixture plate maybe about 8" by 8" as most of the stuff I want to make would fit on it. I'm still a...
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    Re: NM-145 - Mach 3 Random Freeze - Help

    I have been having troubles with Mach 3 also. Different problems than you are having but still problems. I'm currently working away from home but going back in a month. I'm going to be trying a...
  24. Re: NM-135: How to get to Y-axis: Locking pre-load nuts?

    Since no one seems to be getting back to you this is what I would do. Send an email to Novakons tech support if you have not already done so. They were pretty good about solving a couple of issues I...
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    Re: Lathe turret control with an acorn

    I'm going by memory because I'm currently away from home. My turret has 3 outputs. Home, position count and turret lock. It also has 2 inputs. Turret forward and reverse. The way it works is it...
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