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    Depth controller for cnc router

    Thought someone might find this little project useful. I have a depth controller that i used on my old 6040 cnc. It used the kress router motor, but because i sold the motor with the machine i need...
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    Not a problem, this time we can take notes and i...

    Not a problem, this time we can take notes and i will take you through it step by step....you welcome to bring the faulty control card/s along
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    SOUTH AUST Gecko G540

    One unit for sale. Brand new, used only for testing/developing a cnc controller. Reason for sale is because i decided to use individual stepper drives for a project, also it required 5.0A minimum and...
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    Kryn...how is it going with the cnc? Also i see...

    Kryn...how is it going with the cnc? Also i see you having trouble with a control board/transformer. I have lots of pcb mount transformers lying around:) also i have some experience in board repairs
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    Well, if you REALLY need my help i can pop around...

    Well, if you REALLY need my help i can pop around your place?? better than you cart the machine all the way here:)
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    So, did you manage to at least open the correct...

    So, did you manage to at least open the correct mach3? and are you now able to jog the machine???
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    Kryn, i am back home....you very welcome to pop...

    Kryn, i am back home....you very welcome to pop by and we can spend the whole day sorting it for you. The machine is great you need to use it:):)
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    Hi Kryn....your machine was working. What seems...

    Hi Kryn....your machine was working. What seems to be the problem?:)
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    Yes there was slight rubbing....bearings okay....

    Yes there was slight rubbing....bearings okay. Only reason i pulled it apart was to have a look. Still not impressed with these units:)
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    Had a closer look at the old water cooled...

    Had a closer look at the old water cooled spindle...

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    Yes i did....:)

    Yes i did....:)
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    Nice...just give me an idea of kw voltage and...

    Nice...just give me an idea of kw voltage and speed, i use a 1.5KW 18000rpm 220V motor on my machine:)
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    I might be bringing in a few hertz motors if...

    I might be bringing in a few hertz motors if anyone is interested....shipping is very expensive so it helps to bring in more than less:)
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    Yes they much better than the chinese water...

    Yes they much better than the chinese water cooled units. For testing i just used three single core cables. No noise issues....the screened dragchain cable arrived just as the client picked up his...
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    Happy customer took his machine home...

    Happy customer took his machine home today....sunday will be final finishing and setup:):)
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    He said he could never get a perfect...

    He said he could never get a perfect circle....looks like he got it now:)

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    Almost finished with the machine. I basically had...

    Almost finished with the machine. I basically had to re solder every connection.

    Used temporary single core cables for the spindle, routed them together with the stepper cables. I was surprised...
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    Wow.....you taking way too long

    Wow.....you taking way too long
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    Welcome bush frog:)

    Welcome bush frog:)
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    Hi Kryn.....any progress milling bits on you...

    Hi Kryn.....any progress milling bits on you 6040??
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    New spindle motor fitted... 459217

    New spindle motor fitted...

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    I have also tried various cad programs. Must...

    I have also tried various cad programs. Must admit i really struggle, that's why i currently stick to cambam,,,,however i do need to learn a proper drawing program
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    Progress... 458765458766458767

    Progress...

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  24. Great work!!

    Great work!!
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    Today i machined a new plate.....now the bearing...

    Today i machined a new plate.....now the bearing block's fit perfectly. Smooth motion as it should be:)

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    Hi Steve, he is buying a new plate to replace...

    Hi Steve, he is buying a new plate to replace this one. The bearing blocks seem to have half a mm variance.

    We will see how it goes i guess.....easier to build a machine from scratch than to try...
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    Chris...thanks for the tip, I usually confirm...

    Chris...thanks for the tip, I usually confirm dimensions etc before i machine the plates. The linear bearing blocks i bought are of a better quality than some of the online stuff.

    Anyway i really...
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    So the y-axis is assembled and calibrated. When i...

    So the y-axis is assembled and calibrated. When i moved on to the x-axis i found the mounting plate holes were not done properly. I did not plan to redo this plate but i really don't like the...
  29. I used heavy 160 x 80 for the frame and gantry....

    I used heavy 160 x 80 for the frame and gantry. The stand i built from steel tubing and mdf.
  30. I bought mine from modular components. Excellent...

    I bought mine from modular components. Excellent extrusion and the pieces they cut to size were very accurately cut. I just machined the holes for the special connecting bolts:)
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    Cal....check out the guy who's machine i am...

    Cal....check out the guy who's machine i am fixing's guitars. He makes amazing stuff.....alikat cnc
  32. Thanks....will be keeping an eye on this:)

    Thanks....will be keeping an eye on this:)
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    Great work as usual!!

    Great work as usual!!
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    Hi...thank you, i tested both and don't like...

    Hi...thank you, i tested both and don't like either :)
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    Looks like the work bench storage area won't be...

    Looks like the work bench storage area won't be used as much as i planned. So possibly the work bench might be turned into a table saw and router table:)

    Not sure if it's a good idea though
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    Some parts arrived so i replaced y axis...

    Some parts arrived so i replaced y axis bearings...lined up the axis and started drilling holes to mount the new ball screws.

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    Hi Kryn....honestly i am not sure, had a quick...

    Hi Kryn....honestly i am not sure, had a quick look at it and decided not to work on it. It will never be any good/accurate.
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    By posting these pic's i also wanted to show how...

    By posting these pic's i also wanted to show how easy it is to make a machine like this...
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    Thanks Mike. Budget is very limited so i can't do...

    Thanks Mike. Budget is very limited so i can't do as much as i would like:)
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    Some work done on the mechanical. All the linear...

    Some work done on the mechanical. All the linear bearings will be replaced. The y axis only had on ball screw:( this one is worn and wil be replaced plus another on added. Motor bracket cut off and...
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    Even though the water cooled spindle is now...

    Even though the water cooled spindle is now earthed we decided not to use it anymore...

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    I love your work:)

    I love your work:)
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    So i started on the electrical, they fitted the...

    So i started on the electrical, they fitted the HY drive on the machine frame just in the open air. This for me is a big no no....these drives do not have an adequate ip rating. It was filled with...
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    Repairs to diy router

    Hi, thought i would document this repair in case someone might find it useful. I was asked to "fix" a guy's cnc router, he used it initially a lot when he bought it but it had issues.
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    Great job!!

    Great job!!
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    Any success using your cnc?

    Any success using your cnc?
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    A while back i built a pid controlled speed...

    A while back i built a pid controlled speed control for a high speed motor application. The way i solved the balancing was to place four magnets on the "wheel". Precisely spaced of course...that also...
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    I am also sorry i missed it!

    I am also sorry i missed it!
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    Yes its a very basic drawing program....thats why...

    Yes its a very basic drawing program....thats why i use it:)
    Good luck!!
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    Are you talking about drawing on cambam??

    Are you talking about drawing on cambam??
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