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Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 25 February 2017, 19:30
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Posted By timberlinemd
Big thanks to Gary Campbell for the vac and...

Big thanks to Gary Campbell for the vac and plenum ideas!
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 25 February 2017, 19:28
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Posted By timberlinemd
Manual only. Gary Campbell, who is the original...

Manual only. Gary Campbell, who is the original designer of the 'Blackbox Vac' started out with a automatic system, but soon found that trying to keep the motors running correctly, especially after...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Fri 24 February 2017, 11:36
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Views: 33,034
Posted By timberlinemd
Four motors (Amtek 117123) are paired. I plan...

Four motors (Amtek 117123) are paired. I plan using one pair (primary) to hold material until I get to the onion skin cut. I will then use the other pair (secondary) if needed as I will no doubt...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 23 February 2017, 20:22
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Posted By timberlinemd
Loaded my spoil board (Trupan) and turned the...

Loaded my spoil board (Trupan) and turned the thing on. 5" hg with the loose spoil board. Held real well for a skim cut (.020).

Removed the spoil board and applied melamine glue to the plenem....
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 23 February 2017, 20:10
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Views: 33,034
Posted By timberlinemd
I used slide valves for the four zones and added...

I used slide valves for the four zones and added pneumatic cylinders to control 'open/close'..
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 23 February 2017, 20:07
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Posted By timberlinemd
Piping..

Piping..
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 23 February 2017, 19:54
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Posted By timberlinemd
Then on to the plenum..

Then on to the plenum..
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 23 February 2017, 19:52
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Views: 33,034
Posted By timberlinemd
The control box and another pic of the 'black...

The control box and another pic of the 'black box'.
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 23 February 2017, 19:50
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Posted By timberlinemd
Then asssembly...

Then asssembly...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 23 February 2017, 19:45
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Posted By timberlinemd
Vacuum table

After having my share of botched parts from moving while being cut I finally decided to add vacuum holddown.

A big thanks to Gary Campbell over at the Shopbot forum for his wisdom on vacuum...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sun 07 November 2010, 09:19
Replies: 100
Views: 33,034
Posted By timberlinemd
The cover of the panel is aluminum. It acts as a...

The cover of the panel is aluminum. It acts as a heat sink, not too magnetic.:rolleyes:
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 06 November 2010, 22:10
Replies: 100
Views: 33,034
Posted By timberlinemd
VisualCam

I just wanted to update the progress that was made last week with the problems I was having with the CAM software I was using. I contacted the provider of the software and they were very eager to...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 06 November 2010, 21:48
Replies: 100
Views: 33,034
Posted By timberlinemd
Gareth... sorry, thank you also for your kind...

Gareth... sorry, thank you also for your kind words!
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 06 November 2010, 21:42
Replies: 100
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Posted By timberlinemd
Gerald, Greg... Thanks for the kind words and...

Gerald, Greg... Thanks for the kind words and advice. I will move on the final squaring of the X and Y.
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 06 November 2010, 18:25
Replies: 100
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Posted By timberlinemd
Z-Slide final ajustments

Hey Gang,
I need some advice. I have adjusted my Z-slide according to the post Gerald made using a sheet of glass, framing square and trammel. In my case I swung a dial indicator around with a 6"...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 04 November 2010, 20:17
Replies: 100
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Posted By timberlinemd
Thumbs up Dust Foot

Among other things I needed to make a dust shoe for my machine. My router is the Makita model 3612. First generation. Have had it for 28 years. As ‘Scotty’ said in an episode of Star Trek NG, “No B,...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 28 October 2010, 00:39
Replies: 100
Views: 33,034
Posted By timberlinemd
Gerald, Also, by your response I assume that...

Gerald,
Also, by your response I assume that this is not the method you would recommend using? :confused:
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 28 October 2010, 00:36
Replies: 100
Views: 33,034
Posted By timberlinemd
Gerald, The software is VCamm and intergrates...

Gerald,
The software is VCamm and intergrates with VCadd, the CAD software I have used for my drawings for years. This is the first time I have used VCamm.
Forum: MechMates already cutting Wed 27 October 2010, 20:15
Replies: 100
Views: 33,034
Posted By timberlinemd
Cam

I'm trying to get my head around the way some people decide to set up a large wood cutting CNC. When looking at the Mach and CNCzone sites I find that there are many that operate metal mills, not so...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Wed 27 October 2010, 19:40
Replies: 100
Views: 33,034
Posted By timberlinemd
Russell, Thanks for the reply. Yes I was...

Russell,
Thanks for the reply. Yes I was pushing by hand. I spent some time ajusting and then learning enough G-code so I could run some cut tests. I ran a 45 degree diagonal line and a circle. The...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 23 October 2010, 21:33
Replies: 100
Views: 33,034
Posted By timberlinemd
I read about the .005" backlash that my motors...

I read about the .005" backlash that my motors have built-in. So, measuring with the dial indicator placed on the gantry and touching the Y-car, it indeed would move the .005" only, therefore...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 23 October 2010, 20:41
Replies: 100
Views: 33,034
Posted By timberlinemd
Slop

Well I have retooled the pinons with 1/4-20 grubs. Used a 3/8" ratchet to tighten them. The motors have a slight movement/slop by themselves. The pinons appear to be solidly attached to the motors...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 23 October 2010, 17:52
Replies: 100
Views: 33,034
Posted By timberlinemd
Z-proxy

I decided to add a Z-proxy and here is my solution to its placement. I used a metal 'nail protector' used in housing to prevent the trades from nailing into water pipes/electrical and the like....
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 23 October 2010, 17:34
Replies: 100
Views: 33,034
Posted By timberlinemd
Alan, Indeed, the grub screw was loose. Also,...

Alan,
Indeed, the grub screw was loose. Also, I'm finding that the 10-32 thread in the pinon from the manufacture is just too small to lock to the shaft of the motor. I have tightened the screw to...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 23 October 2010, 12:06
Replies: 100
Views: 33,034
Posted By timberlinemd
Adjustments

I want to thank all the well wishers for their support!
I've been learning the fundimentals of Mach3 and tuning the beast. The first question I have is about slop. I find that the motors...
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