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  1. #37
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    Re: Acorn and Rays feedback

    I have gone from Mach3 to UCCNC. Might have a look at acorn some day

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericks View Post
    I have gone from Mach3 to UCCNC. Might have a look at acorn some day
    You should definitely check it out, it works great doesn't have issues that the others in it's price range have. It will out of the box control a rotary axis (not in development) and it already has smoothing settings that are adjustable and can be saved for different types of machining 3d vs 2.5d (no issues with g2/g3 moves no pausing on direction changes). You get very smooth reliable motion no jerky motion no issues with complex 3d files. It has a spindle encoder for rigid tapping, 2000 line look ahead, touch screen compatible just to name a few features that you might like.

    If you really need more than 4axis you can get one of the higher end boards. Centroid even has true closed loop controllers. Check out the Oak or the Allin1dc the Acorn is just their entry level hardware.

    The thing that made up my mind to with Centroid is the software as well as the support you get. It is professional grade that has worked out the growing pains already. They are also aggressively making the software and hardware better. There's been 3 updates this year and they are very close to releasing the expansion card as well as the Router version of CNC12.

    I honestly haven't seen any bad reviews from actual user's and a large number of the user's have switched to Centroid from the others that have been listed.

    Dan

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    Re: Acorn and Rays feedback

    Quote Originally Posted by Ntl View Post
    You should definitely check it out, it works great doesn't have issues that the others in it's price range have. It will out of the box control a rotary axis (not in development) and it already has smoothing settings that are adjustable and can be saved for different types of machining 3d vs 2.5d (no issues with g2/g3 moves no pausing on direction changes). You get very smooth reliable motion no jerky motion no issues with complex 3d files. It has a spindle encoder for rigid tapping, 2000 line look ahead, touch screen compatible just to name a few features that you might like.

    If you really need more than 4axis you can get one of the higher end boards. Centroid even has true closed loop controllers. Check out the Oak or the Allin1dc the Acorn is just their entry level hardware.

    The thing that made up my mind to with Centroid is the software as well as the support you get. It is professional grade that has worked out the growing pains already. They are also aggressively making the software and hardware better. There's been 3 updates this year and they are very close to releasing the expansion card as well as the Router version of CNC12.

    I honestly haven't seen any bad reviews from actual user's and a large number of the user's have switched to Centroid from the others that have been listed.

    Dan
    Thanks for the information Dan....i plan to build more machines so this would be an option i will look into for sure

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    Re: Acorn and Rays feedback

    Quote Originally Posted by ericks View Post
    Thanks for the information Dan....i plan to build more machines so this would be an option i will look into for sure
    No problem Eric, if you ever have any questions or want to see anything in particular on my router just let me know.

    Dan

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    Re: Acorn and Rays feedback

    Quote Originally Posted by Ntl View Post
    You should definitely check it out, it works great doesn't have issues that the others in it's price range have. It will out of the box control a rotary axis (not in development) and it already has smoothing settings that are adjustable and can be saved for different types of machining 3d vs 2.5d (no issues with g2/g3 moves no pausing on direction changes). You get very smooth reliable motion no jerky motion no issues with complex 3d files. It has a spindle encoder for rigid tapping, 2000 line look ahead, touch screen compatible just to name a few features that you might like.

    If you really need more than 4axis you can get one of the higher end boards. Centroid even has true closed loop controllers. Check out the Oak or the Allin1dc the Acorn is just their entry level hardware.

    The thing that made up my mind to with Centroid is the software as well as the support you get. It is professional grade that has worked out the growing pains already. They are also aggressively making the software and hardware better. There's been 3 updates this year and they are very close to releasing the expansion card as well as the Router version of CNC12.

    Dan
    NTL funny guy, no pausing on direction changes?! What the ... ? I thought it requires slowdown and accelerating up for any axis to change direction otherwise your stepper motor would loose step. The acorn does not do any deccelerations and accelerations on direction changes? That's bad.

    Rotary axis is also not in development with mach3, mach4, uccnc, linuxcnc, all support rotary axes and they all support at least 6 axis not 4 only like the acorn and no need for expansion cards, they do it out of the box.

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    Re: Acorn and Rays feedback

    This thread is about using an Acorn for a lathe. Keep it on topic please.
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    Mach3 2010 Screenset
    http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/2010.html

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    http://www.g-forcecnc.com/jointcam.html

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    Re: Acorn and Rays feedback

    Hi
    I think I started this thread.

    I was not expecting the feedback I got.

    In my workshop I have a virtual box titled "stuff I do not know". It is large and overflowing. Thanks to the information in the thread, which I have followed closely, the virtual box is still full but no longer overflowing.

    Oh, and I have now developed a plan. I will purchase a Mach 3 licence and see where that leads. If/when I get my head around it, l will follow Gerry's suggestion and using google, download Windows 10 onto my asus and then look at Acorn. My objective is to live long enough to complete my current project list.

    That list cuts out at 99! That is 17 years from now!

    Thanks so much to you all for your information, help and encouragement.

    Woodie

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    Re: Acorn and Rays feedback

    Is it possible to add driver for 1 more axis on acorn ?

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    Re: Acorn and Rays feedback

    Last warning.
    Gerry

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    Re: Acorn and Rays feedback

    just read over this thread...and what's missing in the discussion is that Acorn has real Lathe Spindle Encoder feedback! .... that means that the position of the tool is electronically locked to the spindle (when in that mode) so, professional Threading and Tapping can be achieved.
    for instance...during a threading cycle if the spindle starts to slow down due to the force generated by the cut the Acorn closes the loop and knows the spindle position at all times! Acorn slows down (or speeds up) the tool to keep the tool perfectly on target. in my opinion..a critical feature for any lathe. . enjoy!

    https://youtu.be/NjYaWOW1O8w

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    Re: Acorn and Rays feedback

    I would like to know exactly why my post was deleted?? I only posted information regarding the capabilities of LinuxCNC.

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    Re: Acorn and Rays feedback

    See post #41.
    Gerry

    UCCNC 2017 Screenset
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    Mach3 2010 Screenset
    http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/2010.html

    JointCAM - CNC Dovetails & Box Joints
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