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Forum: General - MM Build Thu 18 April 2013, 11:48
Replies: 6
Views: 3,999
Posted By skypoke
I think the limiting factor is more the span of...

I think the limiting factor is more the span of the gantry and what tool it will carry than the x length. I'd sure consider drives and travel speeds carefully before jumping into it. As others have...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 28 February 2013, 08:05
Replies: 778
Views: 135,476
Posted By skypoke
I built a Mechmate with a 6' x 20' cutting...

I built a Mechmate with a 6' x 20' cutting capacity, primarily for cutting aluminum sheet. As it worked out, I haven't done much in alloy but the extra table area is nice for operations that involve...
Forum: General - MM Build Sat 08 December 2012, 16:41
Replies: 2
Views: 2,504
Posted By skypoke
I briefly entertained the thought of selling it...

I briefly entertained the thought of selling it but thought better of it. I ended up moving it away from the coast into another shop, away from the threat of hurricanes. I got some looks towing...
Forum: General - MM Build Sat 08 December 2012, 07:45
Replies: 2
Views: 2,504
Posted By skypoke
Buy, rent or borrow skate

I have one of the more original Mechmates, with a cutting area of 6' X 20. My rails are less than optimal, we built it before the grinding skate was put into common use. I'd like to touch up those...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Wed 10 February 2010, 06:18
Replies: 42
Views: 21,515
Posted By skypoke
Michel, The table has a cut capacity of...

Michel,

The table has a cut capacity of 20'1" X 6'1", making it some 22-23' long. It was built right side up, all welded construction. I personally wouldn't want to bolt one together though I...
Forum: Driving Mechanisms: Rack/pinion, gears, screws, belts & chains Thu 07 January 2010, 16:31
Replies: 7
Views: 5,821
Posted By skypoke
I'm going to second Chopper's recommendation for...

I'm going to second Chopper's recommendation for the belt drives. I'm finding more backlash in the PK296 7.2 gear reduced motors than I like to see though in fairness I've not seen any error in...
Forum: Driving Mechanisms: Rack/pinion, gears, screws, belts & chains Thu 31 December 2009, 16:20
Replies: 7
Views: 5,821
Posted By skypoke
Stepinwolf, I'm using the 7.2 geared...

Stepinwolf,

I'm using the 7.2 geared Oriental Motors with 20 tooth pinion. We've been cutting a fair bit of 5083 marine grade alum with it with great success. No lube, no bit cooling, 72ipm,...
Forum: Motors & their mountings Mon 21 December 2009, 17:18
Replies: 278
Views: 117,291
Posted By skypoke
Iclazion, Wanting the "best cut possible"...

Iclazion,

Wanting the "best cut possible" from a Mechmate is a lofty goal. Your cut quality is only partly dependent on your motors, the workmanship quality in construction and alignment plays a...
Forum: 80. Computer Hardware & Software Sun 20 December 2009, 16:58
Replies: 80
Views: 30,354
Posted By skypoke
Liaoh, Yes, I have the most basic one, I'm...

Liaoh,

Yes, I have the most basic one, I'm thinking its the 945GCLF but don't have the box handy to verify. I'm running windows XP, on Mach the kernel speed is 45KHZ. I gig ram. I've never had...
Forum: 80. Computer Hardware & Software Sat 19 December 2009, 12:53
Replies: 80
Views: 30,354
Posted By skypoke
I'm running an intel Atom based motherboard, they...

I'm running an intel Atom based motherboard, they have parallel ports as standard. A really nice feature is that the whole board, drivers and processor and 1 gig of ram costs under usd $100.00. I...
Forum: Archives Wed 16 December 2009, 13:07
Replies: 49
Views: 16,526
Posted By skypoke
I'm always impressed with the number of folks,...

I'm always impressed with the number of folks, many from less industrialized areas than the US where any tech is readily available, who are able to pull off the construction of one of these fabulous...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Tue 02 June 2009, 19:02
Replies: 24
Views: 9,160
Posted By skypoke
Anton, I'll second the suggestion to look...

Anton,

I'll second the suggestion to look over this thread, poster Maxman does exactly this type of cutting of marine grade. He's passed along some very valuable advice based on experience.
...
Forum: Utility software Sat 30 May 2009, 23:05
Replies: 12
Views: 6,873
Posted By skypoke
Gerald, yes, it's the same issue now that you...

Gerald, yes, it's the same issue now that you mention it. The process would be inaccurate.

I'm faced with the fact that in order to utilize this machine effectively I must invest the time and...
Forum: Utility software Tue 26 May 2009, 13:21
Replies: 12
Views: 6,873
Posted By skypoke
Appreciate the tips guys. In the back of my...

Appreciate the tips guys. In the back of my mind, though is the question...how do these conversion programs deal with things like line widths? Seems like if you have a picture with a heavy line...
Forum: Utility software Sun 17 May 2009, 19:26
Replies: 12
Views: 6,873
Posted By skypoke
Gerald, Now there's an idea, I'll call and...

Gerald,

Now there's an idea, I'll call and see if any of these copy services can scan into some sort of vector file. Not sure how things would turn out working from a bitmap file. This would...
Forum: Utility software Sun 17 May 2009, 12:44
Replies: 12
Views: 6,873
Posted By skypoke
Digital file from reverse engineering - can MM be used to scan a drawing?

About time to put the Mechmate to work on a long deferred personal project. I'm going to build an experimental airplane from a proven design. The plans are cad drawn....on paper, unfortunately. ...
Forum: Miscellaneous / General / Whatever / Catchall Mon 09 March 2009, 06:23
Replies: 22
Views: 7,560
Posted By skypoke
Three seconds here in Tx. The mech site has been...

Three seconds here in Tx. The mech site has been consistently fast for me.
Forum: General - MM Build Tue 06 January 2009, 20:59
Replies: 106
Views: 30,773
Posted By skypoke
I'm thinking it might include the words "digital...

I'm thinking it might include the words "digital craftsmanship"

Chuck
Forum: MechMates already cutting Tue 06 January 2009, 03:53
Replies: 42
Views: 21,515
Posted By skypoke
Hey John, Thanks for keeping up with this...

Hey John,

Thanks for keeping up with this stuff, I'd been thinking I ought to update the Mech progress.

Yep, Port Aransas Tx., outside Corpus Christi is da place. If you're ever down this...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 03 January 2009, 08:42
Replies: 42
Views: 21,515
Posted By skypoke
Hi Gerald, "Production" is a rather strong...

Hi Gerald,

"Production" is a rather strong term for what we're doing! Yes, we've been up and running for several months. Other than the pinion slippage issue we've had zero glitches other than...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 01 January 2009, 07:49
Replies: 42
Views: 21,515
Posted By skypoke
Hi all, Well, there were so many delays for...

Hi all,

Well, there were so many delays for the 251 Geckos I ended up just buying a couple new 201's to go with a couple old ones I had on hand. They have worked superbly, no reason yet to wish...
Forum: 50. Toolheads Fri 26 December 2008, 14:19
Replies: 12
Views: 4,357
Posted By skypoke
Wayne, I noticed my VFD can automate this,...

Wayne,

I noticed my VFD can automate this, you might check and see if your model can.

Chuck
Forum: Human Interface Devices (HID's) Wed 24 December 2008, 20:18
Replies: 16
Views: 10,105
Posted By skypoke
Alan, Thanks, I'll look into this. ...

Alan,

Thanks, I'll look into this.

Chuck
Forum: 70. Control Systems Tue 23 December 2008, 20:44
Replies: 23
Views: 11,126
Posted By skypoke
I'd use the basic 122, I didn't. Instead...

I'd use the basic 122,

I didn't. Instead of using the PMDX at well under $100.00, I simplified my install and used a set of boards that featured direct plug in installation for Geckos,...
Forum: Human Interface Devices (HID's) Mon 22 December 2008, 14:56
Replies: 16
Views: 10,105
Posted By skypoke
Greg, I used the utility that came with the...

Greg,

I used the utility that came with the rumblepad. This was very quck and easy to do, basically you assign keys to various functions just like you were setting up a joystick for a game. You...
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