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  #31  
Old Wed 17 June 2009, 16:26
Robert M
Just call me: Robert
 
Lac-Brome, Qc
Canada
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Sean.... you did advise to be on the watch out for some coming pics... you devil.... you never give me clue that it would be Sooo sexy
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  #32  
Old Tue 23 June 2009, 17:54
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
...got her moving tonight. Maybe cutting and logo's tomorrow. Under the gun to get this one cutting.
I have a few wiring challenges to address - like routing the contact for the spindle enable, but should be able to sort it all out tomorrow.
Wish me luck....the machine is in a shop where the heat hit 102 F today. Whew hot.
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  #33  
Old Tue 23 June 2009, 20:52
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Good luck Sean!

. . . . and take a cooler box with some cold drinks (non-alcoh.). A desk fan standing on the table will also help you to think straight.

(Our weather is as dismal as it gets around here in winters: Storm winds, lashing rain and temps down to 10 C. Had a laugh from this news story - the weather forecaster doesn't know what a spring tide is!)
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  #34  
Old Wed 24 June 2009, 06:54
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Good Luck Sean,
That heat can really slow you down.
Gerald,
I think I would take the wind and rain over -40C in the winter. Well maybe not hurricane type wind though.
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  #35  
Old Tue 30 June 2009, 10:19
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
All done, wiring challenges over, cutting away

I finished the MM this morning.
I have a few modest tweaks to attend to - like a dust foot, laser pointer and zero plate.

All in all, a good building experience on this one. Aside from most wiring challenges, I am really happy with the outcome.

The end user (a close friend of mine) is quite please. I feel it will serve their General Contracting business well.

Noteworthy - the spindle at speed is SO quiet that it's almost to quiet. It's hard to realize that it's running. At 16K RPM, it's like a sewing machining running in the background.

I will revise my cabinet build drawings to reflect the EMF corrections needed to properly react to the building this machine now resides in for future Mechmaters that may encounter similar issues.

Accolades go out to PDS and Blurry Customs for fantastic support on their products and helping thru the EMF/RF issues associated with this installation.

Cutting,
It's blue
It has a logo
...now it needs a number!

Back to work now, have a lot of cutting to do!


Sean
jk2_spindle.jpg

jk2_logo on MM finished.jpg

jk2_logo on MM.jpg
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  #36  
Old Tue 30 June 2009, 10:26
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Smart job Sean! Congratulations on #28
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  #37  
Old Tue 30 June 2009, 10:48
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Sean

Looks good. I will have to go visit the new machine. Congratulations
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  #38  
Old Tue 30 June 2009, 11:12
servant74
Just call me: Jack
 
Nashville (Tennessee)
United States of America
Great looking machine! ...

... Since the spindle is quiet (while not cutting), I have seen some installations that put a 'blinking light' on top of the spindle whenever it is spinning! (OSHA would be proud!
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  #39  
Old Tue 30 June 2009, 12:26
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
Gerald,
Thanks for the congratulations and changing my comment line!
I'm starting to feel like a MM factory. Interesting for me, each build has been different and rewarding.
#5 - standard build with a router
#12 - standard build with fancy prefab rails and router
#28 - standard build with spindle.

More to follow after I install the "upgrades".

Sean
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  #40  
Old Tue 30 June 2009, 13:00
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Congratulations Sean!

Shouldnt #5 say, standard build, upgraded extended Z slide?
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  #41  
Old Tue 30 June 2009, 13:23
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
Heath,
That was a much later (about 12 months) add on for a specific project.
The #5 machine was with pre-mamba parts too. I had to make all my own cable chain attachments, skate grinder and proximity circuit! How things have changed in two short years.

Heck, soon I will have enough machines under my belt to rival Gerald's Sean!
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  #42  
Old Tue 30 June 2009, 18:12
javeria
Just call me: Irfan #33
 
Bangalore
India
Congrats Sean ! on the thhird build - may the fourth began soon
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  #43  
Old Tue 30 June 2009, 18:55
jhiggins7
Just call me: John #26
 
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Congratulations Sean on Serial #28. Very impressive!
You are a wonderful contributor to this Forum. Keep up the good work.

The Updated Builder's Log is here.
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  #44  
Old Tue 30 June 2009, 21:42
Greg J
Just call me: Greg #13
 
Hagerman, New Mexico
United States of America
It's a pleasure watching your builds Sean !!!

Always the highest quality work and second best (G's number 1) with sharing the knowledge.
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  #45  
Old Wed 01 July 2009, 04:30
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
Thanks MM fans!

I must say, Nils has been a huge help and kind for letting me help him with his machine. Not to mention - he promised to come and customize my Mach screens for me!

My machine build detail is not the level of JR, Greg and others, but they function. Once again - the machine can be built with multiple craftsmanship levels and still obtain the same cut quality.

Thanks Gerald.

Sean
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  #46  
Old Wed 01 July 2009, 20:08
fredjr
Just call me: jimmy #65
 
pensacola florida
United States of America
record build time

Hi Sean
That was some fast time to get that MM built. I'm still on the Z plate . Way to go.
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  #47  
Old Wed 01 July 2009, 20:18
myozman
Just call me: Mike #16
 
Demotte,IN
United States of America
Congrats Sean,

Your like an American Dealer for MechMates. Maybe you could have one of those shows like Orange County Choppers (OCC), Monster Garage, or Pimp my MechMate.

Thanks for posting pictures of your builds. It really helps. I need to see things to get a grasp of things I've never done. In fact, I never saw a cnc router until I built my own.


MIKE
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  #48  
Old Wed 01 July 2009, 21:33
javeria
Just call me: Irfan #33
 
Bangalore
India
Quote:
Originally Posted by smreish View Post
he promised to come and customize my Mach screens for me!
Nil's thats unfair - u need to make a Mach screen for all Mechmater's
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  #49  
Old Fri 10 July 2009, 17:27
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Blue Screen or No Blue Screen??

Irfan and anyone else,

I have not responded to you comment about my supplying MechMate Blue Screen for Mach3. I don't want you to think I have forgotten you.

I would be happy to supply Blue Screen for every one, if I had a Blue Screen for my self. Sean just made a misquote. If you look at my build again, you will see that I do have a Macro for my Zero Z Touch Plate and for my Red Laser but I am not using a Blue Screen or Mach3 screen to utilize those features. I am using my Shuttle Pro for that. I didn't want to be attached to my computer to run these routines.

I did provide a copy of my Zero Touch Plate Macro to Sean but he has already modified it and I might change mine to work like his. He is using a button on the Y Car to activate the Zero Touch Plate Macro.

If you want to modify you Mach Screen, the best person that has made these changes is Greg Greolt. He has designed a screen for Mach and I think it is blue. I don't have the links but he has answered lots of questions on how to do it on CNCZone and the links are listed here but I couldn't find them.

I know I have listed the links in the past.

If you want a copy of my Macro let me know.

Back to Sean's excellent #28 build. (Sorry to take control of your thread Sean.)
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  #50  
Old Sat 11 July 2009, 21:23
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Nils,
I got this link from Arts site.
http://www.turningaround.org/MechMate/Mechmate.htm

There he gives the link to the CNCZone thread with the mach blue modified screens for zero stuff.

http://www.cnczone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56079

Is that what you were thinking of?
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  #51  
Old Fri 19 October 2012, 09:45
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
stuff that was done a few years ago

So, I was cleaning up the server files this morning and came across a few pictures from when I converted MM #5 over to a VERY large foam statue cutting machine.
This picture is a 2 sided cutting test of the statue. File created in Rhino from Active laser scans, then imported to CUT 3d for tool path. NOTE: in the top of the picture you can see the 1/2" (very expensive) tool bit hanging down from the bottom of the z-axis spindle.

Copy of foam head.jpg

Last edited by smreish; Fri 19 October 2012 at 09:58..
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  #52  
Old Fri 09 August 2019, 17:40
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
I bought her back for a 10 year refresh

Work to do...
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  #53  
Old Sat 10 August 2019, 05:33
jhiggins7
Just call me: John #26
 
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Congratulations Sean. Looks to be in pretty good mechanical shape. Can't actually see the control box. Is it present? In good shape?
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  #54  
Old Sun 11 August 2019, 19:44
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
in working order

ED778D1D-0763-4F5C-86A1-583FF5D331E3.jpeg

All in working order but missing all the wire management and some wire routing over the years. A couple of days with zip ties, panduit and some wire all will be sorted and good as new.

Last edited by smreish; Sun 11 August 2019 at 19:46..
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  #55  
Old Mon 12 August 2019, 05:02
jhiggins7
Just call me: John #26
 
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Looking good. Even has that extra Gecko...sweet.
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  #56  
Old Fri 16 August 2019, 15:55
mike nelson
Just call me: Mike
 
Vernon
Canada
Thinking....."out of the box"
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