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Forum: MechMates already cutting Sun 08 December 2013, 20:11
Replies: 28
Views: 3,379
Posted By rkd
Ive made some more progress over the last few...

Ive made some more progress over the last few weeks. To the point that I was making sawdust today. I cut out a couple of squares and circles out of plywood to test the accuracy of the machine. The...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 09 November 2013, 00:12
Replies: 28
Views: 3,379
Posted By rkd
Some progress today. Got the z all squared up. ...

Some progress today. Got the z all squared up. And a little bit of wiring done. Also learned a huge lesson.
If you have small children who like to "help" in the shop, always hit an estop or...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Tue 05 November 2013, 20:49
Replies: 28
Views: 3,379
Posted By rkd
No number yet. Will still be quite a while before...

No number yet. Will still be quite a while before I am ready for that. I am down to the slower moving stuff like wiring and control box stuff.

I managed to build a cheap mount for my router,...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sun 27 October 2013, 22:36
Replies: 28
Views: 3,379
Posted By rkd
I already had them from another machine that I...

I already had them from another machine that I built, as well as the motors and
g540. We will see how they perform when I have a cutting load on the machine but for now I am happy with them. I am...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sun 27 October 2013, 22:06
Replies: 28
Views: 3,379
Posted By rkd
Some more progress over the last couple weeks. ...

Some more progress over the last couple weeks. Got my gear racks all mounted. Got the machine moved to its permanent corner in the shop, and all leveled again. Got my idler hold down finished. ...
Forum: Rails & Rollers Sun 20 October 2013, 12:50
Replies: 37
Views: 4,815
Posted By rkd
What brand of grinder did you use? I just...

What brand of grinder did you use? I just recently completed this task myself. I used the cheapest Ryobi that Home Depot sells. I think it was 19.99 so I bought 2 expecting to replace it partway...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 07 October 2013, 18:53
Replies: 28
Views: 3,379
Posted By rkd
I might have to copy those temporary stops for...

I might have to copy those temporary stops for now, to save some heartache while I'm working on and around and under the table. With the rails on it, that gantry is pretty heavy.
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 07 October 2013, 18:49
Replies: 28
Views: 3,379
Posted By rkd
I ended up ordering #405. It is the same as 404...

I ended up ordering #405. It is the same as 404 except 404 is custom made due to having M6 ends. 405 has M8 ends and is a stocked item. The item numbers are for the physical size of the spring, then...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 07 October 2013, 14:19
Replies: 28
Views: 3,379
Posted By rkd
Google is your friend. I searched for gas...

Google is your friend. I searched for gas springs and this company was one of the top results. Turns out they are only a few hours from me and have exactly what I wanted in stock. Should be here in...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sun 06 October 2013, 23:32
Replies: 28
Views: 3,379
Posted By rkd
Speaking of not planning ahead, do any Canadian...

Speaking of not planning ahead, do any Canadian builders have a line on somewhere to purchase a gas spring? McMaster wont do business with Canadians, and I don't know what the equivalent company is...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sun 06 October 2013, 22:29
Replies: 28
Views: 3,379
Posted By rkd
Some more progress. Got all my rails ground. A...

Some more progress. Got all my rails ground. A lot easier than I was expecting, but still really not much fun. Z plate ground as well. I have a rolling gantry now with a rolling y car. I had the...
Forum: 30. Y-Car Mon 30 September 2013, 17:52
Replies: 9
Views: 6,032
Posted By rkd
Ok I got it sorted. I was tired and not looking...

Ok I got it sorted. I was tired and not looking at everything properly. I was fixated on lowering the last wheel and trying to figure out how to get it past it's max adjustment, I didn't even notice...
Forum: 30. Y-Car Sun 29 September 2013, 23:44
Replies: 9
Views: 6,032
Posted By rkd
Thanks. The gap is quite small. A couple of...

Thanks. The gap is quite small. A couple of millimetres maybe. I honestly didn't spend a lot of time on it this afternoon. I had a long day in the shop and was pretty tired by the time I got to this...
Forum: 30. Y-Car Sun 29 September 2013, 21:34
Replies: 9
Views: 6,032
Posted By rkd
Setting all four wheels tight

Hi there. I am setting up my y car right now and I have a problem with only 3 wheels makin solid contact. The 4th is just above the rail. I can push it tight with 1 finger. I have maxed out the...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 21 September 2013, 20:50
Replies: 28
Views: 3,379
Posted By rkd
Table Coming Together! 48"x48" - BC, Canada

Hi there. I have been a member here since 2007 I think. I have wanted to build a Mechmate since then. Kids being born, career changes, and moves have all prevented it until this year.
In March...
Forum: The Market Place Thu 11 April 2013, 23:51
Replies: 1
Views: 713
Posted By rkd
A few pictures

A few pictures
Forum: The Market Place Thu 11 April 2013, 10:41
Replies: 1
Views: 713
Posted By rkd
V-Wheels and power supply in Canada

For sale I have a complete set of rollers and bushings (14 wheels and 6 bushings), brand new from Superior bearings.
$250 shipped in Canada.

Also have an Antek AN 3225 transformer built into a...
Forum: The Market Place Tue 24 February 2009, 23:49
Replies: 35
Views: 5,957
Posted By rkd
McMaster told me not that long ago that they were...

McMaster told me not that long ago that they were only shipping to non-US customers if they already had an account at the time that they made the decision to not ship outside the states. I'm in...
Forum: 70. Control Systems Thu 28 February 2008, 20:04
Replies: 100
Views: 31,140
Posted By rkd
I am interested in looking at it. I dont have an...

I am interested in looking at it. I dont have an actual machine going right now but I do have a simulator setup on my kitchen table that would work just as well.
I too appreciate your efforts. ...
Forum: 70. Control Systems Thu 28 February 2008, 10:37
Replies: 100
Views: 31,140
Posted By rkd
This sounds very good! Can't wait to try it.

This sounds very good! Can't wait to try it.
Forum: 70. Control Systems Wed 20 February 2008, 13:50
Replies: 100
Views: 31,140
Posted By rkd
I can get the script to work fine with the on...

I can get the script to work fine with the on screen button. I can also get the pause and resume functions to work well using the OEM codes as Gerald has decribed somewhere on this forum.
What I...
Forum: 70. Control Systems Wed 20 February 2008, 10:02
Replies: 100
Views: 31,140
Posted By rkd
Greg, I have a question for you if you don't...

Greg, I have a question for you if you don't mind, I'll wait my turn though. I am using the z-zero script you posted on cnczone. My question is, how would I utilize a remote pushbutton to activate...
Forum: 702. Power Supplies Mon 31 December 2007, 22:26
Replies: 6
Views: 4,707
Posted By rkd
Thanks for the reply. I did a few searchs on the...

Thanks for the reply. I did a few searchs on the forum and yesterday I tried wiring it like you said, blue-blue and green-green. Voila! 36v and no flames!
Control box is close to done, Gecko's in...
Forum: 702. Power Supplies Sat 29 December 2007, 13:44
Replies: 6
Views: 4,707
Posted By rkd
I have the exact same setup and I have a question...

I have the exact same setup and I have a question that I have seen talked about somewhere on the forum, but i can't find it now. As wired I get 71vdc from this setup (actually 73v at my house). If...
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