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    Re: Tool Changer for a Torus Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by burbingus View Post
    I actually bought one of Rich's kits. I received the parts earlier this week. It will be awhile before I have time to get it fully up and going, but I'm going to do some rough assembly and fitment and take pics to show you guys how it goes.

    At first inspection, the parts look very nice!

    Micah
    What mill will you be installing it on? What control are you using?

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    Re: Tool Changer for a Torus Pro

    It's going on a Pulsar. I'm running Mach 3 at the moment but will be switching to LinuxCNC.

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    Re: Tool Changer for a Torus Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by burbingus View Post
    It's going on a Pulsar. I'm running Mach 3 at the moment but will be switching to LinuxCNC.
    I'm looking forward to seeing your ATC progress. I too have a Pulsar and have been looking for an ATC option.

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    Re: Tool Changer for a Torus Pro

    I also have one of Rich's ATC's. It's going on a G0704. I have the electronics basically setup. The ATC is together and I've actuated the pneumatics and the stepper for the carousel. The mill however is totally torn apart. I am adding an oiler, drawbar, and a new Z carriage as mine was damaged, as well as moved into a new enclosure. So lot's of tinkering to go.

    I am using Mach3 and UCCNC currently but the plan is to make the jump to UCCNC full time. We will see.

    The ATC went together smoothly. It was an investment to move from R8 set screw holders over to TTS ATC holders, plus the drawbar, plus all the additional sensors, BOB, etc.. It should be worth it though.

    I also have a Novakon NM-145, I hope that once I get through the G0704 build I can start working on the Novakon and get it running. And I may add another of Rich's ATCs to that machine once I get it going.

    Rich has been extremely helpful and despite several late night text's he's never told me to bugger off. The machine work looks great, shipping was bang on, and I got it in a timely manner (despite a hurricane). The ATC is more compact than I had imagined, it's pretty well scaled to even the G0704. I think Rich's setup will prove to be an awesome setup.

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    Re: Tool Changer for a Torus Pro

    What I think makes the kit unique is:

    1. We integrated proximity sensors into the design for extend, retract, and carousel home. The sensors will prevent the vast majority of tool changer crashes. I would not run a tool changer or macro that does not have these built in.
    2. My kit is adjustable one size fits all. Due to this you don't need to modify anything to adapt it for your specific machine. Our design makes tool fork/spindle alignment easy and consistent.
    3. I support the kit after the purchase. If you run into a hang up during the install or set up you can call me and I will help you troubleshoot.

    If someone is interested in a Kit let me know. And I can call and discuss your set up.

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    Re: Tool Changer for a Torus Pro

    Here is a link to another Youtube ATC build. Chad is building a clone Tormach ATC. It looks like he has figured out how to get it working with Pathpilot's ATC interface.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex5_YjpHyeU

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