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  1. #13

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    Re: Need help please

    Quote Originally Posted by ericks View Post
    Thanks for your input....i honestly do not know what the problem with the steel control box is. This only houses the equipment and can be tucked away from sight. The hmi side of things i do agree with you....however i see the computer and the motion control software as the "hmi". Installing a computer inside the cabinet is a good idea, i am just not sure people would like to pay for this....most guys i know are just using their laptops.
    I was more making reference to "innovative ideas" with cosmetic advancements (see DMG's screengrab) more than just copying what others have done already. In fact you are wrong about everyone using laptops; most if not all of the folks I know went with the latest touch-key control solutions now offered for ridiculous prices on several platforms (alibaba, taobao, banggood) (see other kits screengrab). Those works flawlessly well in most cases. Certainly far superior than parallel/usb based controls (Mach3 comes to mind).

    If you really want a piece of this market and have your efforts pay off, i.e. if this is really what you want to do/market, then I'd give it my best shot and aim in the middle (between the sexy DMG/Mori and near free control boxes). For one I'd l'd prefer buying a sexy unit over another metal box
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    Re: Need help please

    Quote Originally Posted by Mecanix View Post
    I was more making reference to "innovative ideas" with cosmetic advancements (see DMG's screengrab) more than just copying what others have done already. In fact you are wrong about everyone using laptops; most if not all of the folks I know went with the latest touch-key control solutions now offered for ridiculous prices on several platforms (alibaba, taobao, banggood) (see other kits screengrab). Those works flawlessly well in most cases. Certainly far superior than parallel/usb based controls (Mach3 comes to mind).

    If you really want a piece of this market and have your efforts pay off, i.e. if this is really what you want to do/market, then I'd give it my best shot and aim in the middle (between the sexy DMG/Mori and near free control boxes). For one I'd l'd prefer buying a sexy unit over another metal box
    Honestly i am not copying anyone's work, i am in the electrical industry and the way i am doing it is just standard practice. This is the way i have been building control boxes for a long time
    The fact that cncrouterparts use a similar box is just cause they doing it to the same standard.

    I am listening to what you are saying though.

    Mach3 is not something i would consider, been there done that, also no usb. My own machine runs perfect on Ethernet, that's why i am doing it the same. Regarding a touch screen, i will look into it in the future
    Again regarding the metal box, the box is what i have to use to house the mains equipment, re Electrical safety. It can be tucked away inside the machine stand. I guess cause i work in industrial field i make stuff with that in mind. I am aiming for people who want a good quality, practical and simple control box designed with safety in mind.

    ps....regarding the enclosure, i have designed my own aluminium box, nice looking compact unit. Will consider using it

    Thanks for your input, it's much appreciated!!

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    Re: Need help please

    Let us know if you need any help for either organic curves modeling, up to the dedicated fpga's verilog logic blocks programming, or even vnck custom automation kits (like DMG's). Lots of amazing resources and talents on this forum. Happy to see you self-employ yourself, I may support by buying a kit from you when you are ready. Push it man, grab that market coz CNC 'anything' are soon to explode in everyone's garage & homes.
    G'luck

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    Re: Need help please

    Mechanix, you comparing apples to oranges. He is building a control box with the motor drivers, breakout board, power supplies etc. And you comparing it to a CNC controller which is basically a signal generator with a human machine interface.

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    Re: Need help please

    Quote Originally Posted by Mecanix View Post
    Let us know if you need any help for either organic curves modeling, up to the dedicated fpga's verilog logic blocks programming, or even vnck custom automation kits (like DMG's). Lots of amazing resources and talents on this forum. Happy to see you self-employ yourself, I may support by buying a kit from you when you are ready. Push it man, grab that market coz CNC 'anything' are soon to explode in everyone's garage & homes.
    G'luck
    Thanks will do

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    Re: Need help please

    This is what it looks like atm, there will be a few changes but regarding operation everything is working fine. Testing should be completed in a couple of weeks and the first boxes should be ready to go before the end of the year.

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    Re: Need help please

    Update, basically done with the design, decided to use the AXBB-E motion controller and UCCNC license for the first box. Going to have a delay cause the steel enclosure supplier i use is out of stock for another five weeks. I ordered a couple from another supplier, received them today but sending them back cause i am not happy with the quality.

    I am very fortunate with my enclosure supplier, great quality box at a very reasonable price

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    Re: Need help please

    Another update. After much research and consideration i decided to produce similar panels to the one on my own machine. So the panel will house everything including the VFD.
    My own setup works perfectly and there is "room" for upgrades. Obviously it will be for someone who wants something "Industrial".

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    Re: Need help please

    Guys i really need more advise please. I am about to purchase stepper drives for this panel but not sure what size to get.
    Deciding between DM556, DM856 and DM860.

    At this stage it's hard for me to stock all three sizes. Would a DM856 be okay for most Nema34 motors?
    Reason i am trying to stay clear of DM860 is the physical size....want to have the option for up to five motor drives in the panel

    Advice greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Need help please

    If I was using Nema 34 motors, I'd want 7 amp drives.
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    Re: Need help please

    Quote Originally Posted by ger21 View Post
    If I was using Nema 34 motors, I'd want 7 amp drives.
    Thanks Gerry....

    Would you want four or five drives as standard in the box, and what voltage would you prefer for the psu?

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    Re: Need help please

    I'd never buy a box, but I guess you'd want space for up to 5 drives?
    Voltage depends on the motors, but 60V minimum.
    Gerry

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