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Forum: CNC motion control software Sat 28 October 2017, 15:47
Replies: 62
Views: 9,721
Posted By sphericos
I use LinuxCNC and I never installed my limit...

I use LinuxCNC and I never installed my limit switches. I have never needed them. I home the table every time I reboot the computer and providing the tables limits are set there is no reason it...
Forum: Introduce yourself and start planning Tue 16 May 2017, 05:17
Replies: 7
Views: 1,076
Posted By sphericos
I am not very local but happy to answer anything...

I am not very local but happy to answer anything i can.
Forum: MechMates already cutting Tue 07 March 2017, 17:05
Replies: 26
Views: 4,222
Posted By sphericos
I did the same thing when I first set my machine...

I did the same thing when I first set my machine up. I wired up the vfd the wrong way round and some how missed the direction of spin. Unfortunately I had nobody here to point out my stupidity so...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 06 March 2017, 11:03
Replies: 26
Views: 4,222
Posted By sphericos
This might seem like a stupid question but you...

This might seem like a stupid question but you are running the spindle in the right direction? I have used a 12.7mm two fluted straight cutter on ply , mdf and oak with no great issue. My cut depth...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Wed 01 March 2017, 04:26
Replies: 73
Views: 9,334
Posted By sphericos
For $50 you can't go wrong. You could probably...

For $50 you can't go wrong. You could probably eBay them for more than that if you decided to change them later.
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Tue 28 February 2017, 05:21
Replies: 73
Views: 9,334
Posted By sphericos
Stepper Motor

Your build is looking good so far. I noticed you have a round stepper motor, I am no expert on steppers but it is my understanding that this design makes use of ferrite magnets that degrade over time...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Tue 07 February 2017, 15:29
Replies: 26
Views: 4,222
Posted By sphericos
Nice to see another one over here. What are you...

Nice to see another one over here. What are you planning to use it for?

David
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 06 February 2017, 15:30
Replies: 410
Views: 37,597
Posted By sphericos
I cannot vouch for how much better the expensive...

I cannot vouch for how much better the expensive drivers are but I have been running my machine most days for the past year using the M542 drivers in this kit http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/391655745639 I...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 16 January 2017, 07:52
Replies: 8
Views: 1,672
Posted By sphericos
Nothing special done just burnished with a wire...

Nothing special done just burnished with a wire brush on a cordless drill. Despite not being a totally dry environment it seems to have survived quite well. My shed does have a few damp issues due to...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 16 January 2017, 07:31
Replies: 4
Views: 1,437
Posted By sphericos
I never seem to get round to it. There always...

I never seem to get round to it. There always seems to be something else to do. I will try and get something sorted soon.
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Thu 12 January 2017, 14:14
Replies: 16
Views: 3,430
Posted By sphericos
Just ordinary unequal angle. All I did was...

Just ordinary unequal angle. All I did was burnish them with a wire brush attached to a cordless drill. They seem to have maintained the shine even a year later and I had fully expected them to...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 07 January 2017, 18:38
Replies: 4
Views: 1,437
Posted By sphericos
I am doing a few things, I have a couple of...

I am doing a few things, I have a couple of galleries on my website here

http://www.thewoodentop.co.uk/signgallery/

http://www.thewoodentop.co.uk/storage-pet-beds-gallery/...
Forum: Miscellaneous / General / Whatever / Catchall Sat 07 January 2017, 05:27
Replies: 6
Views: 2,820
Posted By sphericos
You have a point but I think that the average...

You have a point but I think that the average jigsaw user is going to struggle to grasp the CAD to CAM to Machine, particularly if they are going to have to plan where the cut ends.

I think if...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Fri 06 January 2017, 09:09
Replies: 4
Views: 1,437
Posted By sphericos
First Cut - Surfacing table

This was nearly a year ago now but I took a video of my first proper cut surfacing the table. It's not very exciting but it was extremely satisfying at the time.
...
Forum: Miscellaneous / General / Whatever / Catchall Fri 06 January 2017, 03:08
Replies: 6
Views: 2,820
Posted By sphericos
It is difficult to see how a vertical CNC machine...

It is difficult to see how a vertical CNC machine would be reliable without a way of holding down the material being cut. Even if you used a very small cutter the final cut is going to cut into the...
Forum: Graphics & CAD Fri 28 October 2016, 16:45
Replies: 17
Views: 8,161
Posted By sphericos
I have used draftsight for a few years and never...

I have used draftsight for a few years and never had an activation issue but there are a couple of things that come to mind and may be worth trying if you have not already.
1) Turn of the windows...
Forum: Graphics & CAD Tue 25 October 2016, 16:27
Replies: 17
Views: 8,161
Posted By sphericos
I will add another vote for draftsight. I did CAD...

I will add another vote for draftsight. I did CAD design on ACAD starting at version 8 and stopped using it altogether sometime around version 14. The think I really like about draftsight is it's...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Fri 02 September 2016, 16:56
Replies: 16
Views: 3,430
Posted By sphericos
It is finished, and the workshop has never been...

It is finished, and the workshop has never been that tidy again. Probably not completely true as I am not sure it will ever be finished. I keep thinking about putting a 3:1 reduction on the steppers...
Forum: Human Interface Devices (HID's) Sun 07 August 2016, 04:08
Replies: 4
Views: 3,446
Posted By sphericos
No, I don't have any extra protection. I tend to...

No, I don't have any extra protection. I tend to leave it in a draw if I am not using it and I give it a dust when I put it away but for the price if it lasts me a year it will be worth it.
Forum: Human Interface Devices (HID's) Sat 30 July 2016, 09:59
Replies: 4
Views: 3,446
Posted By sphericos
Wireless Keyboard

Just thought I would pass on my feedback for a small wireless keyboard. I bought one of these,

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/162150208240

I have been trying to decide what to use as I have been...
Forum: Cutting various materials - bit selection, feeds, speeds Thu 14 January 2016, 10:37
Replies: 3
Views: 2,091
Posted By sphericos
Answered my own question

After looking fruitlessly for ages I stumbled on a hoard whole just after I posted this.

http://www.hafele.co.uk/shop/c/cabinet-fittings/rafix/8232?page=2

As a follow up has anyone used these...
Forum: Cutting various materials - bit selection, feeds, speeds Thu 14 January 2016, 09:59
Replies: 3
Views: 2,091
Posted By sphericos
Cam Lock Fittings

Does anyone know who manufactures the cam lock fittings in the picture in this link.

http://blog.jali.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/YH_radcab4.jpg

They look really useful as there is no need...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Tue 22 December 2015, 05:12
Replies: 6
Views: 1,505
Posted By sphericos
I will probably get around to the logo after...

I will probably get around to the logo after Christmas. I still have a few minor things to finish, I still need to glue down the spoilboard and surface it. My 12v estop circuit is working but I still...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 21 December 2015, 04:18
Replies: 6
Views: 1,505
Posted By sphericos
Not quite the first cut, Suffolk UK

My machine has been fully functional for a couple of days but due to stupidity on my part I was hunting for a fault that was just human error. I was running the spindle backwards. It did cut just not...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Fri 30 October 2015, 07:25
Replies: 16
Views: 3,430
Posted By sphericos
Quick update

Still waiting for my laser parts but getting on with other stuff. table needs another coat of paint. I seem to have skipped the kitchen table project for the control box and I just started building...
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