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  #61  
Old Sun 10 April 2011, 16:10
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
I Challenge You!

We all know the cost of good software. http://kck.st/dKDRA3 Please take the time to watch it. As a forum all Mechmate users will profit from this program. Why don't we all band together dontae $20 and we get an advanced copy. OR I Challenge this forum to match or beat my pledge of $200! Were all going to use it, so quite being cheap bastards and spend a $20!
If you don't want to help out please send the $20 the the Red Cross Japan fund!

Thanks,
Tim
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  #62  
Old Sun 10 April 2011, 16:18
HomeMadeCnc
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Calgary, Alberta
Canada
At this time we have 215 backers, raised 15296 out of 18k, only 32 days left!
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  #63  
Old Mon 18 April 2011, 16:37
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
Upgraded my mach3 screen set

http://home.comcast.net/~cncwoodworker/2010.html

I watched the videos, payed the guy, and It works awesome! As close to an automatic tool changer as you can get with a router I'm still climbing the learning curve with it but no issues at so far.

Tim
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  #64  
Old Tue 19 April 2011, 15:50
revved_up
Just call me: Craig
 
Hartland, MI
United States of America
They are allready fully funded but still taking donations to further their goals. Thats a pretty cool site Tim going to explore all the other projects on there too.
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  #65  
Old Tue 19 April 2011, 16:02
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
http://www.rrtn.org/en/2010/09/22/de...uristic-level/

This guy changed the way I think about this Mechmate project
I'm taking his course online
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  #66  
Old Tue 19 April 2011, 17:14
rayditutto
Just call me: Robin
 
Victoria
Canada
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is this the course: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/architect...ion-fall-2008/ ?
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  #67  
Old Tue 19 April 2011, 17:53
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
Thats the one, just download it, its free. Lots of info
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  #68  
Old Sun 01 May 2011, 18:06
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
First building system

Well it took awhile but I designed and built my first building system. I stole all sorts of ideas and designed this in Vectric. This is the basic set also have 90s and rafter parts. I still have clearance issues, loose, in the joints. Have to read up on that. I'll post more if theres interest.


Tim
I'm still climbing the learning curve!
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  #69  
Old Mon 02 May 2011, 00:42
hennie
Just call me: Hennie #23
 
Roodepoort JHB
South Africa
Tim do your puzzle joints halfway through ( male /female) you won`t have a issue with the joint sliding lose.
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  #70  
Old Mon 02 May 2011, 17:14
MetalHead
Just call me: Mike
 
Columbiana AL
United States of America
Very Interested. Keep it coming.
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  #71  
Old Mon 16 May 2011, 15:28
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
Playing with foam

Had some extra foam laying about. Lions head and the Ram are painted in a stone texture paint then sealed. We'll see how long it lasts outside on the garden box. The garden cover was made with the last building system. The new system is more a diamond overlap affair, pictures will be posted of that as well.
I really behind on my emails guys, sorry about that, I'll catch up in the next few days.

Tim
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  #72  
Old Mon 16 May 2011, 17:16
zumergido
Just call me: Fernando
 
BS AS
Argentina
i like the blue light effect.. what material is?
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  #73  
Old Wed 18 May 2011, 14:22
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
Hi Fernando, its blue 2" 3m building insulation. It was blowing down the back lane. . .
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  #74  
Old Wed 25 May 2011, 09:59
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeEaVdI2A9Q
Will post more in a bit. Still doing the school thing for this machine, second building system is almost done . So much to learn. . . . . .building this Mechmate was the easy part!
I removed the dust collector in the movie, still cleaning up blue foam!

Cheers all,
Tim
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  #75  
Old Fri 27 May 2011, 11:55
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
A really cool thread

http://www.vectric.com/WebSite/Vectr...r+Tank+Project

Hope that works!
cheers all
Tim
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  #76  
Old Thu 15 September 2011, 14:02
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
http://www.ebay.com/itm/180642920018...t_11237wt_1392

Well I went out on a limb and bought one of these. I'll let you know when it arrives and keep everyone up to date on its setup.
Cheers
Tim
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  #77  
Old Thu 15 September 2011, 14:28
danilom
Just call me: Danilo #64
 
Novi Sad
Serbia
2.2kW is ok but 3kw is just right

also for the future reference, advice everyone will give you is:

buy the spindle only and find a quality VFD local. sometimes its in same price range
and the chinese vfg you get with spindle is of questionable quality.
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  #78  
Old Mon 03 October 2011, 14:39
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
New Spindle

New toys arrived yesterday. It hasn't given me any problems yet but I still haven't hook it into mach3 yet. The cooling fan and rad adds 15 degrees of cooling. I'll mount everything on the head close to the spindle. Pictures will follow.
Cheers
Tim
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  #79  
Old Sun 18 December 2011, 10:05
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
Well thats it! We rented a house at Lighthouse point Florida for a week! This Canuk could use some downtime and sun by the pool! If anyone's nearby with a machine let me know we could chat by the pool in the back. We will be there for the first week of February
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p147088

Cheers all
Tim
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  #80  
Old Sun 18 December 2011, 10:40
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Tim,

I am in Orlando but I think I am the closes one that I know of.

Looks like a nice place for a week. If you come see the Mouse let me know.
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  #81  
Old Fri 14 September 2012, 12:23
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
Just another update

Good Day All! Its been a long time since I've posted so its time. I can honestly say that building my machine was the easy part, how to use it, well thats a whole new ball game I,m working on 3d file manipulations now and molding. Trying to colorize my work as well. Cabinets are going well, all finger jointed together. Still doing allot of online schooling for this thing, but still having fun!

Best Regards
Tim
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  #82  
Old Fri 14 September 2012, 12:30
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
Almost forgot! My water cooled spindle is in and running fine. What a difference. Almost zero vibration in the machine and no more screaming router.
cheers!
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  #83  
Old Sat 15 September 2012, 01:33
Alan_c
Just call me: Alan (#11)
 
Grabouw (Western Cape)
South Africa
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Cool stuff!

On the dark doors, do you stain the face before carving the relief or after?

Interesting looking "TinTin" rocket hiding in the background
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  #84  
Old Sat 15 September 2012, 10:01
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
Rocket works

Thanks Allen, The doors were colored before carving. The design for the rocket came from Fabrun. I'll post the newest round of carvings when there done. These will be my own design, starwars, trek stuff etc. . .

Thanks for the interest

Cheers!
Tim
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  #85  
Old Fri 28 September 2012, 11:06
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
Exclamation Help Needed! :eek:

Well, things were going well. I was up to cutting 4 doors a day without incident. A friend of mine asked for some plaques for her project. Usually that's a quick no brainer. Here are the results. . . ..


Im at a loss to explain how this happened. I looked at my setup all my step #'s were correct. The txt files were saved as a arcs in the mach screen.

Anyone seen this before? Any clues on where my issues are? (besides the obvious mental ones!)

Any help would be appreciated

Thanks
Tim
Im running out of hair to pull out!
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  #86  
Old Fri 28 September 2012, 11:19
danilom
Just call me: Danilo #64
 
Novi Sad
Serbia
It looks like error on all axis's XYZ and they are loosing steps. Usually it indicates a computer problem, check CPU usage in task manager, it should not be 100% more like 50% or below.
Sometimes if you have an IDE hard drive, they can go to PIO mode instead of DMA, check in control panel - system - Device Manager in IDE ATA controlers properties (advanced settings tab) are all devices in DMA mode, if not... uninstal that channel and reboot.
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  #87  
Old Fri 28 September 2012, 12:07
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
Thanks for the Help Danilo, I'm using Ultra DMA Mode 5
Just weirds me out that overnight things changed.

any more thoughts. . . .
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  #88  
Old Fri 28 September 2012, 12:16
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
I did this sign a few days ago with just minor issues. Now, well you see the mistakes above.

Im running out of hair to pull!
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  #89  
Old Fri 28 September 2012, 12:31
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Are you sure you do not have a loose pinion gear somewhere? Or maybe 2?
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  #90  
Old Fri 28 September 2012, 13:28
HomeMadeCnc
Just call me: Tim
 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
That was last nights work, all were tight.
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