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Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 05 February 2018, 10:57
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Posted By WilliamT
dbinock Thank you for your comments. ...

dbinock

Thank you for your comments.

Work holding is the key to cutting any material. Thinner material, as with sheet metal, is much more difficult to cut. I don't have vacuum, so I once...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sun 14 January 2018, 15:13
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Posted By WilliamT
What MechMate-111 has been up to..

From the four following photos below you can see what the MM and I have been up to. Sorry for the photo size, they are as large as allowed.
Photos:

1)High performance fuselage under construction,...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 13 January 2018, 14:25
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Posted By WilliamT
Archie, WOW! It HAS been two years.. ...

Archie,

WOW! It HAS been two years..

Archie, Thank You for the query!!!

The MM started out as something I was interested to build, and I had a specific purpose for it. That purpose still...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Tue 29 December 2015, 07:25
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Posted By WilliamT
Regardless, the code problems with VCarve, I'm...

Regardless, the code problems with VCarve, I'm sure that will be easy to sort out.

The last time (Sunday afternoon) the Z-Axis 'ran-away' there was no tool path posted to Mach3. Likewise, there...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Tue 29 December 2015, 03:13
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Posted By WilliamT
You are correct. It is simply a line of code for...

You are correct. It is simply a line of code for the spindle and should not control any axis.

But in my system it does. I found this out by using the 'Run Single Line' feature in Mach. I ran a...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 28 December 2015, 17:17
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Posted By WilliamT
Update: Z-Axis moves unexpectedly.

Last post I made the case that perhaps, the Z-Axis was moving because of a line of unneeded code from the VCarve tool path. Shown here: N150S12000M03.

Sure enough, that line of code causes...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 21 December 2015, 14:36
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Posted By WilliamT
Brandt, thank you for your query. I am very...

Brandt, thank you for your query.

I am very happy with the ClearPath servos and the Hicon controller. They exceed my expectations in every way. There have been failures but none under performance...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 13 August 2015, 17:53
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Posted By WilliamT
Photo 1: The Pattern This photo is that of a...

Photo 1: The Pattern

This photo is that of a motor plate for the Bridgeport CNC. Well, it's a failed motor plate. I made an error in CAD and scrapped this part. Anyway, I decided to have some fun...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 13 August 2015, 16:59
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Posted By WilliamT
This MM is a much better machine overall than it...

This MM is a much better machine overall than it was before. And I have more confidence it will faithfully run the tool path routine I provide without fail.

An example:
Last weekend I was...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Fri 03 July 2015, 12:19
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Posted By WilliamT
tuning stuff

I know little of tuning motors. I'll share what I do know.

Other tuning documentation first:

MachMotion has information regarding motor tuning and I have not heard this method before. Please...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 02 July 2015, 05:55
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Posted By WilliamT
Wow! These NEMA23 Servos are Impressive

Yesterday I loaded a program into Mach3, to simulate a peck-drilling routine of 45 equally spaced holes over the entire cutting surface of the machine. As Mach3 began it was clear the 'A-axis was not...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Wed 01 July 2015, 12:26
Replies: 95
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Posted By WilliamT
Before attempting to tune motors: Check...

Before attempting to tune motors:

Check track alignment. Are the tracks parallel to each other?

Check axis alignment. Is the gantry perpendicular to the track? Check the 'Y-car' and 'Z-axis'...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 29 June 2015, 17:18
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Posted By WilliamT
Cabling Stuff I forgot to mention this above...

Cabling Stuff

I forgot to mention this above in thread #53.

For this build I used exclusively 18AWG shielded. Because the controller is built into the motor, there is no power loss between the...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 29 June 2015, 16:43
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Posted By WilliamT
Running Mach3 with the HiCON photos 1 and 2 ...

Running Mach3 with the HiCON

photos 1 and 2

When Setting up Mach3, put the HiCON XML file in the Mach3 folder, just like you've done for SmoothStepper or anything else. Start Mach3 and select...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 29 June 2015, 15:50
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Posted By WilliamT
HiCON Controller This controller is...

HiCON Controller

This controller is considered commercial grade. It has all the bells and whistles you can expect for a commercial device.

In this inexpensive $33 (12x12x6) junction box from...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 29 June 2015, 15:03
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Posted By WilliamT
Motor power supply The motors need good...

Motor power supply

The motors need good clean unregulated 75VDC to perform at their maximum capacity. This power supply can easily handle three to five servos at much greater capacity than the...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 29 June 2015, 11:51
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Posted By WilliamT
More servo motor photos photo 1 Y axis...

More servo motor photos

photo 1
Y axis motor sitting on Y-car next to Z axis motor

photo 2
Y axis motor installed
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 29 June 2015, 11:04
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Posted By WilliamT
The Mighty NEMA 23, Teknic Clearpath servo motor,...

The Mighty NEMA 23, Teknic Clearpath servo motor, 198 oz/in

Last year when I began looking for suitable servos I came across the Teknic ClearPath demonstration as I've said above. I was really...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 29 June 2015, 09:44
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Posted By WilliamT
IRfan, Thanks for the comments. I...

IRfan,

Thanks for the comments.

I really like these servos so far. However, I have not put them through true performance testing, as in cutting actual parts. I will do so today or tomorrow.
...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sun 28 June 2015, 17:27
Replies: 95
Views: 40,507
Posted By WilliamT
motor information and videos

I have taken photos of my build and I am preparing them for the forum page. The build page will be updated soon.

As you wait for me to update my page, please check out the links regarding the...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sun 28 June 2015, 17:07
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Views: 40,507
Posted By WilliamT
Now has SERVOs #111 - Georgetown, TX

While updating another thread that actually began life here, I said that my MechMate is being refitted with new servo drives and controls. Mike and a couple of others asked for more details, so I...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Fri 12 April 2013, 08:07
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Posted By WilliamT
Build Notes and Technical Information

Technical information, this build.

Cutting Surface: 6’ x 12’ /w 8” Z (7-1/2’ x 14’ footprint)

Lower Frame: C3x4.1 weight ~ 325 lbs, welded tight

Upper Frame w/ cross...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Fri 05 April 2013, 16:13
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Posted By WilliamT
Serial Number

If possible, I'd like to wait for 111.
Thanks guys,

BillT
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 25 March 2013, 14:26
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Posted By WilliamT
Leveling the MechMate

This MechMate, is 7-1/2 ft wide and 14 ft long. After it was built it was leveled for final adjustments.

I built a simple ‘Red Oil Liquid Level’ apparatus with four legs constructed of, Garden...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 04 March 2013, 15:43
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Posted By WilliamT
Build Update

It’s time to update this thread.

Mike:

Logos are applied in four places and it looks great with them on.
Number Please, Is #111 taken?

I’ve installed a SmoothStepper to the controller, and...
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