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08-13-2006, 08:49 AM
Two months ago I knew nothing about CNC. Then I found this Forum. Now I have a machine! I wanted to say thanks to everyone on the Forum! You made this possible!
:cheers:
Jgro for the JGRO plans.

Phil (PMinMO) for the 3 axis self contained board and your help for getting it hooked up and going with my Mach3.

Everyone for the ideas and pictures you shared.

Here are some pics of mine.

Jerry

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08-13-2006, 08:58 AM
A couple more.

Jerry

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08-13-2006, 09:04 AM
I see a lot of people using wood or plastic to hold pipe rails. I have had good results with simple "pipe flanges". Flanges that pipe screws into. Just use a flange bigger than the pipe. They are easy to drill and tap and the threads will not strip. You can get them at any hardware store.

Jerry

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08-13-2006, 09:20 AM
Thanks to Phils plans I was able to make my controller. Not knowing what I was doing, I had some problems. Phil made a set of troubleshooting check points I could use on the board. Turned out his board was perfect. The problem was I had it hooked up to my IBM laptop, don't think the parallel output could switch the board. I attached it to one of my desktops and away it went. I am using Mach3.

Can't thank you enough Phil!

Here are some pics.

Jerry

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08-13-2006, 09:36 AM
And here is the housing I made for everything.

Jerry

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08-13-2006, 09:39 AM
And mounted on the machine.

Jerry

dertsap
08-14-2006, 02:29 AM
good work ,
whats the cutting envelope?

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08-15-2006, 08:33 PM
Hey D,

Its about 21" X 34".

Jerry

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08-15-2006, 08:56 PM
I think I have the bug.

All I can think about is building Joes machine and I don't even know how to use this one.

Jerry

dertsap
08-15-2006, 10:25 PM
you did a nice job on your system , nice size table to play with
youll learn to use it quick enough cutting parts for joe s machine which is a good choice that is a solid looking system ,

leberen
08-15-2006, 11:22 PM
I love your controller box, had you used loctite for the screws holding the pipe rails? It must run smooth!

spalm
08-15-2006, 11:33 PM
Wow, good job! Lots of detail taken care of. How does it perform?

Steve

txcowdog
08-15-2006, 11:57 PM
Beautiful machine. It doesn't look home built at all. Very professional. Who would know that this was your first. Congratulations.

blfinche
08-18-2006, 09:48 AM
Looks good. I like the pipe flanges. I'm in the planning stages for my machine and I think I will use them.

Bobby

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08-18-2006, 10:53 AM
I love your controller box, had you used loctite for the screws holding the pipe rails? It must run smooth!
Hey Leberen

I have not used loctite so far. The nuts on the screws seem to be working so far. All the other bolts have the "nylon" lock nuts. I think I will try the "nylon" lock nuts first if they come loose.

So far it runs pretty smooth. I used a 5/8" hardware type rod so I have no whip on the Y. But I am pretty green and have never seen another CNC so I don't make a very good judge.

Thanks,
Jerry

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08-18-2006, 10:57 AM
Wow, good job! Lots of detail taken care of. How does it perform?

Steve
Hello Steve,

So far so good. The weekend is coming up so I will have some time to play.

:cheers:

Thanks,
Jerry