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Forum: 60. Wiring & Cable Management Mon 17 August 2009, 09:15
Replies: 1
Views: 2,891
Posted By SteveE
Would this e-Bay Shielded cable be okay?

Hey guys, I am starting on the electric portion of the build and came across this on ebay.
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Forum: 10. Base Table Thu 23 April 2009, 10:02
Replies: 118
Views: 59,817
Posted By SteveE
Double drat!!!

Just a note for those that are in the planning stages and have not yet purchased steel. When you find a supplier of the large C channel, be sure to check for the squareness of the channel before...
Forum: 10. Base Table Wed 15 April 2009, 13:45
Replies: 118
Views: 59,817
Posted By SteveE
Bow

Gerald, last couple of questions before I fire up the welder.

1) Is it better to start in the middle of the beam and work my way out to the ends, or does it not make a difference?

2) After all...
Forum: 10. Base Table Wed 15 April 2009, 08:59
Replies: 118
Views: 59,817
Posted By SteveE
Double drat!!

I have a tendency to jump in before I check the water a lot of times!!!!

One of these days, I'm going to learn to write down all the steps needed in project in the order they need to be performed...
Forum: 10. Base Table Wed 15 April 2009, 08:44
Replies: 118
Views: 59,817
Posted By SteveE
Here's a snapshot of the bow. Sorry that the...

Here's a snapshot of the bow. Sorry that the focus isn't better

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I should mention that the string is on the opened side of the C channel.

The bow looks to be about 1/2 to 5/8 at the...
Forum: 10. Base Table Tue 14 April 2009, 11:38
Replies: 118
Views: 59,817
Posted By SteveE
Bow

I'll rig up a sight line and snap a picture of it later this afternoon. Let's hope my eyesight is bad....
Forum: 10. Base Table Tue 14 April 2009, 11:06
Replies: 118
Views: 59,817
Posted By SteveE
Main Beams are bowed out.

Next problem to overcome. As I sight down the main X beams(14 feet) they are bowed outwards. haven't strung out a sight string yet, so I'm not sure exactly how much of a bow I've got, but by my...
Forum: 10. Base Table Thu 09 April 2009, 09:45
Replies: 14
Views: 7,164
Posted By SteveE
Choice of support board materials

Just looking for opinions on the better option to go with. My MM is 5'x12'. I'm at the point of needing to purchase material for the support board. So far, I'm limited to 2 options,

1)...
Forum: 40. Z-Slide Mon 06 April 2009, 09:28
Replies: 12
Views: 7,147
Posted By SteveE
Spider Plate Oh-Oh!! (which # mark to drill on?)

Just thought I'd pass on a note to those that are not to the point of welding on the nuts to the spider plate yet. According to the DXF drawings, and the spider plate from Alabama Joe, there are...
Forum: 20. Gantry Sun 29 March 2009, 11:33
Replies: 1
Views: 3,455
Posted By SteveE
Y-Rail Distance

I went the aluminum rail and V Track route with my MechMate. I've finished welding up the gantry and the car. I'm in the process of mounting the aluminum/V track rails on the gantry. With the...
Forum: 40. Z-Slide Mon 09 March 2009, 08:11
Replies: 6
Views: 4,607
Posted By SteveE
Support Bushings M120220T

Hey all. This question is in regards to the support bushings for the spider plate. I received my V-rollers and eccentric bushings from Superior Bearing and now I'm looking for a source for the...
Forum: 70. Control Systems Thu 05 March 2009, 13:50
Replies: 34
Views: 10,201
Posted By SteveE
Can this be done?

I've been trying to find this in the forum, but no luck. As I've stated, my electronic knowledge is next to nothing. Is there a reason the 2 x axis motors cannot be driven from one gecko drive. ...
Forum: 10. Base Table Wed 04 March 2009, 09:31
Replies: 118
Views: 59,817
Posted By SteveE
Any Issues

Gerald, I've just about completed the table assembly and am getting ready to mount the X rails and rack. I'm going the optional route by using aluminum angle with purchased V track. My question is...
Forum: General - MM Build Tue 03 March 2009, 07:12
Replies: 19
Views: 10,099
Posted By SteveE
VS PlasmaCam

With no previous experience with CNC machines (other than metal shop classes) I have started my MM build with expectations that it will fullfil my needs in a small cabinet/countertop business. I...
Forum: 30. Y-Car Wed 18 February 2009, 08:15
Replies: 26
Views: 19,694
Posted By SteveE
Slightly Confused.

Just getting ready to weld up the Y car. I'm just making sure I get this right, In post #2, with the car upside down and squared, it implies that Weld O should be made. Then in post #3, it...
Forum: General - MM Build Thu 05 February 2009, 13:14
Replies: 50
Views: 18,089
Posted By SteveE
$$$

Don't know for sure, but since he's out of Texas and I'm in Kentucky, I would think it's US currency.... Again, not interested in purchasing, but just curious. From everything I've read...
Forum: General - MM Build Thu 05 February 2009, 12:26
Replies: 50
Views: 18,089
Posted By SteveE
Cost Comparison

Hello all, I am in the beginning(learning!!!) stages of building a MM. Given all the chatter about TrueCNC's less than honorable beginnings (and a little curious) I requested a quote for the size of...
Forum: General - MM Build Thu 05 February 2009, 07:45
Replies: 50
Views: 18,089
Posted By SteveE
spreadsheets

Hello all, as I start my journey on building a MM, I was overwhelmed by all the info available. True to everyone's advise "Read, learn, understand" I have cleared most of the hurdles that have stood...
Forum: General - MM Build Tue 03 February 2009, 07:55
Replies: 154
Views: 82,934
Posted By SteveE
Table Size

Hello all, I am at the planning stage of building a MM for plywood and solid surface cutting. I'm a bit confused about what lengths to apply to the X and Y dimensions in the plans. Here in the US,...
Forum: 70. Control Systems Wed 21 January 2009, 10:03
Replies: 9
Views: 3,295
Posted By SteveE
Way over my head...

I'm just at the starting point of building a mechmate. I am fully capable of the mechanical build. BUT the electrical part of it has me sweating big time. I don't own nor know how to use a...
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