Well, the CNC-Quilter is finally completed. I have it hooked up to an HP ZV5000 laptop and a handheld game controller that works really well as a remote controller. The buttons are fully programmable and easy to use. I don't have to touch the computer to control it.
My wife and I have finished a couple of quiltes using patterns downloaded from the internet. We found that using the scale function next to the DROs allows us to adjust the size of the patterns with much ease simply by punching in the numbers that we want. This has solved a lot of the problems that we were running into with our CAM software. Now we don't have to worry about the scale being correct when we do the conversion from DXF to G-Code. We simply set the scale in Mach3 and a few minutes later we have the right size. It does take a bit of experimentation with the scale to find the right ratios but that is to be expected. I am finding that the initial setting for most patterns is approximately 0.0700 as the initial setting, although some will be different based on the size of the file and what machine they were made for . I am really having a lot of fun working with the quilter. I've learned much about automation and control of the machinery during this project. I have posted a bunch of new fotos on the gallery, so if you are interested, please have a look.