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  1. Bridgeport Series II Interact 4 - Retrofit Project

    I no longer have the time to play with this anymore, and it is with much sadness that I'm going to have to let it go to a new home. Work has now taken priority over hobbys!

    Massive thankyou to...
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    Thanks Phil and Geof, I think i understand where...

    Thanks Phil and Geof, I think i understand where you are coming from and see how that would work.

    The only bit i'm unsure about is how to set the work zero reference. Lets take your example of...
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    Workholding Suggestions Please

    Hi All,

    We'll i've slowly been progressing from little toy routers and mills machining plastic upto a big industrial steel munching bridgeport. I've taken time to learn cad, and cam to a level...
  4. Thanks for the link. Tried again today, used...

    Thanks for the link.

    Tried again today, used a slightly larger slot drill, pushed it further into the collet, jacked up the table so the quil didnt have to come down so far, increased the spindle...
  5. Machine is a 2.5ton bridgeport series II interact...

    Machine is a 2.5ton bridgeport series II interact 4 . Tool was a 0.16" 2 flute slot drill
  6. I'll try again tomorrow with higer spindle speed,...

    I'll try again tomorrow with higer spindle speed, lower feed rate and the part centred in the vice. Should be able to get away with a slightly larger diameter cutter too.
  7. First Time Milling Steel - Snapped a cutter - HELP!

    Today I tried milling a simple part from some 1/4" steel on my recently finished bridgeport interact retrofit. This was the first time I've tried milling anything harder than wood or plastic. I ran...
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    Where are these misc parameters and tool...

    Where are these misc parameters and tool parameters you speak of ? I'm not overly familiar with the mastercam interface.
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    Incremental vs Absoloute

    How does one go about setting mastercam x4 to output absoloute rather than incremental gcodes ?

    I'm using mach3 for a cnc controller and I'm having to go into the config settings and run it in...
  10. Thread: Wrong Plane

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    Cheers. Do you know how I can set this as the...

    Cheers.

    Do you know how I can set this as the default coordinate system?
  11. Thread: Wrong Plane

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    Wrong Plane

    If I draw a part on the top plane in solidworks and then import into a cam package, the cam software interprets the side plane as the top plane.

    Does anyone know how I can stop this from happening...
  12. So Al, just to double check before I set fire to...

    So Al, just to double check before I set fire to anything .. You are reccomending I could connect the 0v from every single power supply in my system to a single point and that single point should...
  13. Al, You are right, I did post a similar...

    Al,

    You are right, I did post a similar thread and in hindsight I should have posted this there. The difference is before I was unsure as to the cause of the interference, now I'm near certain...
  14. Thanks for all the different suggestions. I think...

    Thanks for all the different suggestions. I think ger21 hit the nail on the head with the pressing enter comment.

    I tried editing m3/m4/m5 again and made sure I pressed enter after each line and...
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    Why is that?

    Why is that?
  16. VFD Interference Troubles (The last piece in the puzzle)

    Hi all,

    I am now nearing the completion of my bridgeport retrofit project however there are just a few irritating glitches remaining which prevent me from using the machine properly.

    I think I...
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    Solidworks Alternatives

    Just wondering if anyone can reccomend a good *cheap* alternative to solidworks.

    I have used solidworks before. I like the simplicity of the interface and how it all works, but i dont need the...
  18. Yes I was. I actually got an error message...

    Yes I was.

    I actually got an error message saying something about an invalid command or something. So it was running my code just not liking it.

    I had each instruction on a separate line but...
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    I think that figure I gave you was for the X. I...

    I think that figure I gave you was for the X. I just picked the top of the list as an example.

    I know the actual ammounts we are talking isnt much, but its little things like that which irritate...
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    804.8289738
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    I was running at 100khz and moved down to 75khz...

    I was running at 100khz and moved down to 75khz to solve a problem with the servo drives being 'jerky' however I cant go any lower than 75khz else I wont be able to run my servos at their rated max...
  22. I added ActivateSignal(OUTPUT2) to my M3 macro...

    I added ActivateSignal(OUTPUT2) to my M3 macro file which didnt work.

    I'll try your Code"M7" approach instead.
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    I wonder if I can change my steps per unit very...

    I wonder if I can change my steps per unit very slightly to make the dro read right without harming accuracy. The calibration feature does end up with very long numbers after the decimal...
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    It is a very clean machine with 3ghz processor...

    It is a very clean machine with 3ghz processor and half a gig of ram. Interestingly these errors seem to become more frequent when I'm running the spindle. Do you reacon its possible that noise from...
  25. VBA Scripting Basics 102 (How to modify M3/m4 Macros?)

    I want my oil pump to come on when my spindle does (but for now wish to retain independant control so i can run the oilpump without the spindle should I chose)

    I thought I could to this quite...
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