Seems with all the new blood, mine included, that this thread and others of similar nature in the other Zone forums, would be welcomed with open hands!
I am trying to understand the issue of Volts, Amps, Power Supply specifications, etc. and what to look for when trying to match some steppers to my router mill.
Then you add to that, the RPM. resolution, ratio reduction, etc. and how that changes the stepper performance, speed, accuracy, etc, compared to straight out of the box performance... Why some are coupled to the ballscrew and others are connected to pulleys and running a reductionů.
Then you get into the Controller compatibility and compensation issues and how all this inter-relates to the total package performance and us novice's end up asking all the same individual questions... over, and over, and over again... I can imagine you vet's get tired of seeing the same questions but to us, it is being asked for the first time!
Let me give you an example:
I have spent the past three months researching and trying to acquire ballscrews and linear slides on Ebay, around which I will configure my final mill design.
The frustration relative to what to bid on and what to pass on was insane. I even resorted to posting pictures to people and asking for opinions... actually bought one and asked if I "done good" only to get chuckled at for my purchase. I ended up paying the seller a small fee to keep the screw and resell it.
Now the good stuff... Enter SWEDE's absolutely beautiful dissertation on Ballscrews! I read the entire post and also visited his web site and read even more about linear slides. I can say, that without a doubt, I can look and read about almost any ballscrew and linear slide on the market and feel comfortable about making a decision... all because a knowledgeable veteran took the time to create a concise explanation.
This is sorely needed on Steppers ( and Servos for that matter ). If anyone wants to understand what I am describing, read SWEDE's post on ballscrews.
So, what about it... anyone willing to pick up the challenge and follow in SWEDE's footsteps and bring some of us beginners along so we can one day do the same?
... waiting in the Stepper Twilight Zone......