Well, after I got done with a cutting op last night, I went for the stop buton on my X3 mill and the screen went blank and the machine started beeping continuously.
This would be the second controller board that has went out in my mill and I have wanted to control it with Mach for some time. At this point, I do not care about the front controller panel anymore and I am now going to use the motor and find a controller that can be operated via my C11G board that will work with the motor that is in the mill.
I considered getting a new servo motor and driver that would have higher rpm and more power, but I can't say I have ever had problems cutting with this one due to lack of power.
Now starts my quest to make a SX3 Mach 3 controlled:
Obviously, with the way the system is designed with the tapping functions, controller buttons, etc. I can not interface with the onboard power board for the motor. Many have tried and it always requires an interface board that no one has yet made to the public. Since that is the case, I am going to do away with all of that and just control the motor without the onboard electronics from the mill. Essentially, I am going to control it from outside the cabinet using Mach 3 only.
To start this process, I have fuond the information about the motor and here is a photo with part numbers and info for reference. Next step, find an external Brushless drive that will work with this motor that has a 0-10v control circuit.
Now, when it comes to servos, I know very little. Is there a way that I could put an encoder on this motor I have and be able to get an RPM reading, or is the best method to match mach with the voltage output of the c11g card and actual rpms.
the encoder could be used at later times I suppose for other purposes, tapping Etc. Can the Brushless drives reverse a motor in a tapping operation like this if I had an encoder or something?
Here is the SX3 motor photo.