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Old Thu 08 October 2009, 06:13
reidcd
Just call me: Chad
 
durban
South Africa
The surfer has a moving & cutting machine - Durban, South Africa

Hi guys ,

Started to build in Durban two weeks ago . Was a bit apprehensive about making the frame and all the metal work but a friend has opted to help with that . I was also supposed to wait until I had finished my bike (old Ural 650) and a FJ60 Landcruiser that was given to me . My wife doesnít want me on anymore half finished projects ! So donít tell her Ė Iím building it up at work .

Iíve got the power supply , BOB PMDX-122 , geckos #305ís , steppers , rack and Pinions and V-wheels . Connected half the electronics and all the motors are turning . Now Iíve got to get working with Clyde on the metal work . Not very good with metal , more of a wood and foam guy .

Hopefully Iíll get some photos on a the next couple days . Iím sure Iíll be posting a couple of stupid questions in the weeks to come .

Thanks in advance

Chad
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Old Thu 08 October 2009, 06:47
jhiggins7
Just call me: John #26
 
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Chad,

You seem to be well on your way. Happy building! Getting the motors turning is a pretty big milestone. Looking forward to your pictures.
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Old Thu 08 October 2009, 07:02
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Welcome Chad!
What is a gecko 305? I could not find reference to it on their site. Just wondering.
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Old Thu 08 October 2009, 07:22
reidcd
Just call me: Chad
 
durban
South Africa
sorry Heath they are G 203's . Was typing quicker than I think
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Old Thu 08 October 2009, 08:09
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Hey no problem, just thought you had a new prototype or something.
I have the same typing/thinking problem. Only thing is I don't type all that fast.
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Old Thu 08 October 2009, 09:30
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
A wood & foam guy from Durban . . . surfer?
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Old Thu 08 October 2009, 23:01
reidcd
Just call me: Chad
 
durban
South Africa
Hi Gerald . Dont know how you get the time to read all the posts I'm a surfer who sometimes shapes the odd board for himself or a friend . I actually supply alot of the shapers country wide with foam blanks to shape .
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Old Fri 09 October 2009, 09:48
Kobus_Joubert
Just call me: Kobus #6
 
Riversdale Western Cape
South Africa
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Welcome Chad,...when I saw Durban..new build I nearly thought that a friend of mine called Kobus has started. Good luck and maybe in the near future there will be a second Durban MM running
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Old Thu 10 December 2009, 23:38
reidcd
Just call me: Chad
 
durban
South Africa
been a while

Cant believe its two months since I've last done anything !! Got a fright today when I saw my frame rusting away - curse of living in Durban .

I have one question - Probably a stupid one ! How do I switch the router on and off using the PMDX-122 . Do I set up an outout in Mach3 to switch on relay ?
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Old Fri 11 December 2009, 00:00
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Yes, you set up an output in Mach3 that switches the relay sitting on the PMDX-122. In theory, you can use that relay to switch the router, but it isn't going to be easy to replace that relay on the PMDX if it burns. So, we typically use that small relay to switch a bigger relay/contactor somewhere else.
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Old Thu 04 February 2010, 07:23
reidcd
Just call me: Chad
 
durban
South Africa
starting to happen

After Ignoring this project for long enough .This week we put all the rusting parts together . The motors are moving all 3 axis perfectly . Forgot I needed a router to cut the wood with so sourced a nice bosch from my workshop . Just waiting for the mounting plate and then we will be cutting !! here are some pics .
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Old Thu 04 February 2010, 09:24
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Well done Chad - not bad for a surfer bloke from Durban!
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Old Thu 04 February 2010, 10:08
Alan_c
Just call me: Alan (#11)
 
Cape Town (Western Cape)
South Africa
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Good progress Chad.

time to move this thread to "Construction Started, but not cutting yet"
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Old Thu 04 February 2010, 10:28
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Quote:
Originally Posted by reidcd View Post
Shouldn’t you finish the Ural bike first . I have one and my wife won’t let start the Mechmate until its up and running
So, is the bike running?
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Old Thu 04 February 2010, 22:27
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
Looking good. Well done!
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Old Thu 04 February 2010, 23:06
reidcd
Just call me: Chad
 
durban
South Africa
Hi Gerald , Bike was running but not as smooth as Iíd like (considering they run rough normally ) . I decided to stop tinkering and do it properly , so I stripped it down completely . Got the frame sandblasted and powder coated . Rebuilt the engine , carbs and replaced the points with an electronic pickup . Started to reassemble it but time is a big issue !! I got the bike in Vietnam when I was working there 7years ago . Donít think its had a proper service since the 80ís . A lot of the problems are small things , like the wrong nut put on an engine stud !! Iíll send a couple picks this weekend . Attached is what it will look like once complete .
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Old Thu 11 February 2010, 22:49
reidcd
Just call me: Chad
 
durban
South Africa
cut our first test

Wednesday we cut the scorpian as a test . See attached pic .
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Old Thu 11 February 2010, 23:42
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Well done Chad! (I think that puts you in the lead as far as the rest of KZN is concerned )
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Old Thu 11 February 2010, 23:50
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
Ok...Ok!
Well done Chad!
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Old Thu 11 February 2010, 23:54
Claudiu
Just call me: Claus #43
 
Arad
Romania
Great achievement Chad, congrats for your first cuts !
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Old Fri 12 February 2010, 01:06
KenC
Just call me: Ken
 
Klang
Malaysia
Clap! Clap! Clap!
WELL DONE!
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Old Fri 12 February 2010, 03:21
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Chad,

Well done.... you just need the name on the machine.....
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Old Fri 12 February 2010, 05:32
Kobus_Joubert
Just call me: Kobus #6
 
Riversdale Western Cape
South Africa
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Well done Chad, just take a drive up NORTH and go wake up Lex...
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Old Fri 12 February 2010, 05:37
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
Now you have ruined the friendship...
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Old Fri 12 February 2010, 05:57
hennie
Just call me: Hennie #23
 
Roodepoort JHB
South Africa
Good going Chad .Lex will probably blame the heat.His rails are going to rust from not using them
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Old Mon 15 February 2010, 11:46
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Looks good Chad! Lets see some logos!
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Old Tue 16 February 2010, 05:50
reidcd
Just call me: Chad
 
durban
South Africa
Still tiding the wiring and installing some switches , then a coat of paint then the logos . I assume they are vinyl cut ?? what font ??
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Old Tue 16 February 2010, 05:56
reidcd
Just call me: Chad
 
durban
South Africa
what is a simple CAD package to draw 'constrained curves' . dont know if thats the correct term - A curve that goes through set X and Y points . I have 11 points that I want to draw a curve through .
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Old Tue 16 February 2010, 06:10
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
Chad,
You should be able to do that with Autocad using a 'spline' line.
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Old Tue 16 February 2010, 06:22
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
Sorry, should have added....if you need help with that line you are welcome to send me the x and y, or even ad the z co-ordinates of each piont and I will draw it for you.
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