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Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Fri 21 December 2018, 17:01
Replies: 41
Views: 6,363
Posted By DocTanner
Hi bachaabdelkabir, It;s good to see someone...

Hi bachaabdelkabir,
It;s good to see someone building. The height will be fine. The springs that keep the stepper engaged will make up the difference. Best of luck to you.

Donald AKA
DocTanner
Forum: Miscellaneous / General / Whatever / Catchall Thu 22 March 2018, 02:40
Replies: 12
Views: 6,183
Posted By DocTanner
Congratulations!!!! Great to hear. And Thanks for...

Congratulations!!!! Great to hear. And Thanks for being the best mentor on the planet.
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 11 September 2017, 04:21
Replies: 5
Views: 2,973
Posted By DocTanner
Thumbs up Congratulations on your machine. The calendar...

Congratulations on your machine. The calendar looks great!



DonRoss aka DocTanner
Forum: Miscellaneous / General / Whatever / Catchall Thu 03 August 2017, 20:06
Replies: 0
Views: 1,490
Posted By DocTanner
Surge Protection

Friendly reminder of the cost effectiveness of surge protection.
I moved my MechMate to a new shop last year.
Never bothered to install a whole house surge protector.
Lightening strike took out 4...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Fri 30 December 2016, 03:59
Replies: 6
Views: 3,886
Posted By DocTanner
MechMate Number (not required)

Wow!!!! Over 10 years have passed since I saw a genius from Africa at CNCZone was giving away plans for a CNC machine.
I read about all of his improvements at the shopbot forum. I believe I read...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sat 28 March 2015, 07:52
Replies: 126
Views: 49,776
Posted By DocTanner
I would use an automotive body filler to create a...

I would use an automotive body filler to create a flat smooth surface.
Forum: 60. Wiring & Cable Management Thu 20 November 2014, 14:56
Replies: 8
Views: 10,653
Posted By DocTanner
I used Non-Metallic Liquid Tight conduit and...

I used Non-Metallic Liquid Tight conduit and connectors. Electrical supply houses sell various sizes. It lays on the floor. After several years it remains undamaged.

DonRoss
Forum: MechMates already cutting Fri 16 May 2014, 16:12
Replies: 518
Views: 117,848
Posted By DocTanner
I had a similar problem a few years ago. After...

I had a similar problem a few years ago. After checking everything, it must be the driver.
Replaced driver. No luck.
Problem went away after changing computer. <- apparently parallel port was...
Forum: CNC motion control software Sat 10 May 2014, 19:17
Replies: 26
Views: 11,899
Posted By DocTanner
Well that didn't work out so well for me. Demo...

Well that didn't work out so well for me.
Demo wouldn't run on Linux. :confused:
The only windows machine on the place runs the router. <--- not for playing
Grabbed another hard drive and loaded...
Forum: CNC motion control software Wed 30 April 2014, 18:31
Replies: 26
Views: 11,899
Posted By DocTanner
Demo - to see what it looks like. ...

Demo - to see what it looks like.
http://www.machsupport.com/software/mach4/

DonRoss
Forum: 80. Computer Hardware & Software Tue 22 April 2014, 16:28
Replies: 18
Views: 6,011
Posted By DocTanner
A 25 foot IEEE 1284 shielded cable is what I...

A 25 foot IEEE 1284 shielded cable is what I ended up with.
No Problems so far.

Thanks,
DonRoss
Forum: 80. Computer Hardware & Software Mon 07 April 2014, 15:54
Replies: 18
Views: 6,011
Posted By DocTanner
Thanks guys. I will try the longer cable first....

Thanks guys. I will try the longer cable first. If not I will go with the smoothstepper.
Thanks,
DonRoss
AKA DocTanner
Forum: 80. Computer Hardware & Software Thu 27 March 2014, 19:16
Replies: 18
Views: 6,011
Posted By DocTanner
Cable Length PDMX

I will be relocating my MechMate this year to a new shop.
I have the PDMX 122 breakout board. I prefer to leave the machine in it's current configuration. This will require a 20 foot (7 meter)...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Wed 26 February 2014, 13:18
Replies: 82
Views: 32,190
Posted By DocTanner
Art lives about an hour from me. I called his...

Art lives about an hour from me.
I called his number today to see how he was.
His caretaker told me that he was in the VA - Veteran's Administration.
It didn't sound good.
I always wanted to...
Forum: 702. Power Supplies Thu 11 July 2013, 20:24
Replies: 17
Views: 7,886
Posted By DocTanner
Wow, Same discussion for 6-7 years. Gerald is...

Wow, Same discussion for 6-7 years. Gerald is correct. No need to leave the power on the drawing board. <--- Literally
Not much around the steppers to burn. Most shop fires are started by dust...
Forum: 80. Computer Hardware & Software Thu 27 June 2013, 15:28
Replies: 40
Views: 12,540
Posted By DocTanner
Price is fair enough. The fact it runs on Linux...

Price is fair enough. The fact it runs on Linux is a nice bonus.
Forum: General - MM Build Wed 05 December 2012, 17:56
Replies: 12
Views: 6,190
Posted By DocTanner
Art Ransom did a nice job of one very early on...

Art Ransom did a nice job of one very early on with a 4th axis. MM #2
http://www.turningaround.org/MechMate/Mechmate.htm

DonRoss aka DocTanner
Forum: General - MM Build Tue 07 February 2012, 01:50
Replies: 15
Views: 3,529
Posted By DocTanner
The original motor plates work well with the old...

The original motor plates work well with the old rail height. I use the OM 7.2 and 30 tooth pinion.
Forum: 10. Base Table Wed 04 August 2010, 15:21
Replies: 53
Views: 18,230
Posted By DocTanner
The router-plasma table is a great...

The router-plasma table is a great concept............. I gave it a great deal of thought at one time. But there are many other things to consider. Placing a sheet of stain grade plywood on a machine...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Mon 17 May 2010, 15:34
Replies: 85
Views: 32,016
Posted By DocTanner
I had mine lasercut from a company in Oklahoma. I...

I had mine lasercut from a company in Oklahoma. I was impressed with the quality. Later I began having other stuff cut by a waterjet company in New Zealand. I have found no noticeable difference in...
Forum: Introduce yourself and start planning Sun 11 April 2010, 23:56
Replies: 29
Views: 9,437
Posted By DocTanner
Ahmed, Sometimes video can clear up a lot of...

Ahmed,

Sometimes video can clear up a lot of questions.
Search MechMate at www.youtube.com
Lots of talented builders have posted their machine videos there.

Mach3 at www.machsupport.com is...
Forum: Miscellaneous / General / Whatever / Catchall Mon 15 December 2008, 18:40
Replies: 8
Views: 4,499
Posted By DocTanner
The reason for the short table was to keep nasty...

The reason for the short table was to keep nasty plasma dust out of the woodworking area. Making it small would allow for easy storage.

Paul, I was figuring on using everything above the X-rails...
Forum: Miscellaneous / General / Whatever / Catchall Mon 15 December 2008, 08:11
Replies: 8
Views: 4,499
Posted By DocTanner
Shared Gantry?

My MechMate is 2 years old this January!
Great machine, never any problems other than operator error.
It's time to add a cnc plasma cutter to the toy collection.
The idea is to build a table...
Forum: General - MM Build Mon 01 December 2008, 14:55
Replies: 87
Views: 40,008
Posted By DocTanner
You could do away with the fancy break out board....

You could do away with the fancy break out board.

DonRoss

Much better to build like the prints show ;)
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 20 November 2008, 16:32
Replies: 68
Views: 20,953
Posted By DocTanner
Just finished reading your build. Not many...

Just finished reading your build.
Not many things more exciting than seeing a MechMate run for the first time.
Congratulations on a nice job and extra points for using Linux.

Donald Ross
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