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  1. #37
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    Re: How is it so far?

    Suggest you try CAMBAM for an all-round CAM program for 2D, 2.5D and 3D. Bit of a steep learning curve, but the forum is top notch. One contributor took the CAMBAM help files and translated them into a PDF. Suggest you print the PDF in color as much of the info to be gleaned comes easily from the colored diagrams.

    As for MACH3. Though is a lot of pages [350..I think], print out the whole MACH3 manual. [Do it on a laser jet printer, not on an ink-jet printer; laser is faster and better quality, plus less expensive!] I found it is easier to really learn MACH3 when I could write notes in the margins as I read; plus using the usual amount of sticky notes.

    Oh, buy a package of paper [ream...500 sheets] that is already punched for a 3-ring binder [they have it at Staples]. Save you lots of grief in both having these two documents always organized...and not having to punch holes with a 3-hole punch!

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    Re: How is it so far?

    Zool
    Thanks for all the good advice. Being that you mentioned staples I'll have them print the mach3 pdf file, it'll be cheaper for me being that don't have a laser. I'll definitely look into cambam. I have plenty of time to learn. I love this site lots of good information.

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    Re: How is it so far?

    @zool; Your advice is awesome, and I am working kinks out of my machine right now too, so it's useful in the very near future. Thanks much!! @Jerseydog; Your machine looks fantastic! I am glad things have finally worked out for you. I am really keen to see what you make on it. Also, hope your injury gets better really quickly and you can get lots of learning on the machine in while you convalesce.

    Rusty

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    Hey rusty13jr how's everything? How is your build going? I have been going over to your site but haven't seen any updates, unless you have updated lately. Thanks for the kind words. Hopefully I'll recover fast because I hate to be home for so long. The advice zool gave was great and I'll be getting the cambam+mach3 bundle once I'm ready. Take care and have a great day. God bless America.

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    Re: How is it so far?

    Having problems with scale and losing steps on my gantry axis. What stepper driver are you using again? I have done everything short of getting new drivers or putting encoders on, but I don't know of anybody that uses encoders, and their machines run. Mine can't even cut a circle. Nothing is repeatable. It's so frustrating.

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    Re: How is it so far?

    I went with the cncrouterparts nema23 plug and play package. Everything comes in a small package. I really don't know anything about electronics. The learning curve, just connecting everything together and making sure it works was more trouble than I wanted. This way I could just concentrate on the software portion which in it self will take awhile.

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    I understand. Problem is, more and more computers don't have parallel ports, and I wound up with a USB Smooth Stepper for my break out board. I have gone through four BOBs and the only thing I haven't changed yet are the cheap stepper controllers themselves. Gecko drives seemed expensive, but the added cost of encoders, now makes a Gecko drive look much more appealing. I am still looking, and plan on buying a new drive in the next day or two to test on the gantry and then evaluate for the other two axes. I just need to get this machine up and running. Any luck making chips with yours yet?

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    Well I really haven't cut anything because I still need a spindle. Once I'm able to save enough, I'll be getting the water cooled spindle. I will be getting my spindle from an American company which will cost a little more then the Chinese knock off.

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    Re: How is it so far?

    Quote Originally Posted by rusty13jr View Post
    I understand. Problem is, more and more computers don't have parallel ports, and I wound up with a USB Smooth Stepper for my break out board. I have gone through four BOBs and the only thing I haven't changed yet are the cheap stepper controllers themselves. Gecko drives seemed expensive, but the added cost of encoders, now makes a Gecko drive look much more appealing. I am still looking, and plan on buying a new drive in the next day or two to test on the gantry and then evaluate for the other two axes. I just need to get this machine up and running. Any luck making chips with yours yet?
    I built my first controller/breakout board. More of a learning experience than I bargained for. Learned lots, one of which is to buy them. Bought "cheap" [not inexpensive] first time; second one I bought Gecko 540. In the end was way less expensive. Did own wiring; tinned all ends of the wiring..days of time..but happy with it. Bought factory made male and female connectors, again to save time. Yes seemly more expensive, but it got done and did not bog me down and cause frustration.

    As for a computer. Buy an older computer with parallel port. I run both my CNC 3-axis router on an older computer, both of which run Windows 2000, which I have stripped down to bare essential as not connected to internet. They run fine and don't know the difference.

    As Jerseydog indicated, software side is a lot of learning. I strongly suggest this as the focus of most of time as that is where any user is going to spend most of their time.

    If you give it some thought, ultimately making stuff is what a CNC is about, and a user spends their time interaction with CAD and CAM. And feeds and speeds of course.

    Once controller software [Mach3 for instance], hardware controller, steppers, wiring, limit switches, auto zero, and calibration are done, the machine and those parts just runs.

    FWIW.

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    Well I'm done with the over all build of my machine and will like to move into the decision of what spindle to get. I know I want to get a water cooled spindle but the prices fluctuate from one extreme to another. I found this spindle on amazon. Being that I don't know to much of the different manufactures of spindle I will like to get peoples opinion on this one. All I know is I want to buy my spindle from an American company for warranty and overall support. This spindle is my actual first choice but will like to weigh my options. I really don't care to pay double the price for a better spindle. The reason for water cooled is for it's lowered noise. All advice will be really appreciated.

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    It's been a long time since my last update. Well I was able to finally get a water cooled spindle for my machine. I thought that the spindle will be plug and play but I was mistaken. It has to be hard wired so being that I rent that option is not available to me. I will start to work on a water cooling enclosure for the spindle, which I will like to place on the rack under the cutting table. I will be using some 20 series 80/20 that I had bought by mistake and now I will finally be able to use it for some thing. Most other people usually place radiator and pump on or next to the spindle. I don't want the added weight on the gantry plus I don't really like the way it looks on there. I have a rough idea on the way I want the box for the cooling enclosure to look. Now that I have everything needed to run the machine, I will like to start working on it more often and posting progress on here. I'm so excited that I have got this far already:banana:. Once I finally finish my machine all I will need will be to get an electrician, to figure out how to get power to the machine without having to hard wire to electrical panel. Until then I will be working on other parts in the mean time. If anyone have any questions or comments I will like to hear from you.

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    Re: How is it so far?

    I've never dealt with vfd's or spindles, but I would bet you could put a plug on the end and just plug it into an appropriate receptacle. I mean how would the vfd know that it was just plugged in vs hard wired? I'm guessing that the vtd needs 230v single phase and probably a 20 amp circuit. It would be a pretty easy job to wire, assuming the span between where you want the plug and the electrical service doesn't have any barriers.
    Good luck.

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