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Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 03 October 2020, 22:16
Replies: 128
Views: 58,379
Posted By xraydude
Continuing laser refinement

Switched over to a PWM controllable laser. Not ready for placing it under automatic PWM control, but needed to be able to manually adjust laser output for different materials. Still using M10/11...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sun 27 September 2020, 05:31
Replies: 128
Views: 58,379
Posted By xraydude
Awesome, Sean! Would love to see what you come...

Awesome, Sean! Would love to see what you come up with.

Made my first test on the 4th axis. Just a straight cylinder, no 3D stuff to worry about. It works, but I still have problems in my...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 26 September 2020, 10:02
Replies: 128
Views: 58,379
Posted By xraydude
Playing around with a laser a bit more. Now...

Playing around with a laser a bit more. Now using M11/M10 to start/stop laser. Was all set to start testing last night when I realized that the only relay board I had left after redesigning my...
Forum: Cutting various materials - bit selection, feeds, speeds Wed 22 July 2020, 17:36
Replies: 3
Views: 2,164
Posted By xraydude
Thanks for the suggestions guys! Ted

Thanks for the suggestions guys!

Ted
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 25 June 2020, 08:34
Replies: 47
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Posted By xraydude
Way to go, Mike! Congrats on #132! Ted

Way to go, Mike! Congrats on #132!

Ted
Forum: Cutting various materials - bit selection, feeds, speeds Sat 06 June 2020, 06:33
Replies: 3
Views: 2,164
Posted By xraydude
1/8" end mill suggestions

Hello, all. I am looking for a decent end mill in the 3mm to 4mm diameter range. 1/8" is fine, too. Needs to have a CEL of at least 22mm. Metric or Imperial shank. 2 flute upcut would be...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Wed 03 June 2020, 15:31
Replies: 136
Views: 86,255
Posted By xraydude
Completely watching this thread to steal all of...

Completely watching this thread to steal all of the good ideas you guys come up with! I have been debating with either building a smaller footprint MechMate to dedicate to plasma or going dual-use....
Forum: Introduce yourself and start planning Wed 03 June 2020, 15:28
Replies: 3
Views: 1,355
Posted By xraydude
Hello, Norman. You will find an incredibly...

Hello, Norman. You will find an incredibly resourceful and knowledgeable group of folks here, willing to help anyone that is willing to put in the time and effort to learn.

Ted
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sun 24 May 2020, 14:26
Replies: 128
Views: 58,379
Posted By xraydude
Hope everyone is staying safe out there. Because...

Hope everyone is staying safe out there. Because my job involves working with a lot of the analyzers used in labs for healthcare testing, I haven't really had any downtime for the past 3 months or...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Tue 03 March 2020, 17:17
Replies: 56
Views: 23,880
Posted By xraydude
Fantastic! Now the fun and learning really...

Fantastic! Now the fun and learning really begins. Congratulations!
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Thu 13 February 2020, 06:17
Replies: 17
Views: 4,919
Posted By xraydude
Now that is the way to move a MechMate! ...

Now that is the way to move a MechMate! Everytime I have moved mine, I have had to hoodwink a bunch of friends with vague promises of free beer and food!

Ted
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sun 26 January 2020, 08:11
Replies: 22
Views: 8,227
Posted By xraydude
Love it, Mark. I used 1/4" wall square stock on...

Love it, Mark. I used 1/4" wall square stock on mine. I fabricated it upside down with the main rails on the floor. Took 6 of us to flip it over after welding!

Ted
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Mon 20 January 2020, 12:03
Replies: 17
Views: 4,919
Posted By xraydude
To double check myself, I physically measured on...

To double check myself, I physically measured on my machine. The gantry tubes overhang the outside edge of my main beams by 1.375 inches per side, so the tubes are 2.75" longer than the outer edge to...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sun 19 January 2020, 20:06
Replies: 17
Views: 4,919
Posted By xraydude
In Gerald's plans, I'm sure you know the gantry...

In Gerald's plans, I'm sure you know the gantry tube length is y + 19.7" (500mm). That was dependent on using the plan's formula for the distance between the outer edge of the main beams being y +...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Thu 16 January 2020, 20:16
Replies: 22
Views: 8,227
Posted By xraydude
Great, Mark. Glad you got it worked out. Give...

Great, Mark. Glad you got it worked out. Give us some more pics if you can!

Ted
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Tue 14 January 2020, 18:41
Replies: 22
Views: 8,227
Posted By xraydude
The only other thing I can think of is if your...

The only other thing I can think of is if your driver has a current limiting resistor/switch setting. You said your z motor wasn't getting warm. If your driver lets you adjust current, you may be...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Tue 14 January 2020, 09:11
Replies: 22
Views: 8,227
Posted By xraydude
Congrats, Mark! I had similar symptoms due...

Congrats, Mark!

I had similar symptoms due to the spring force that keeps the gear and rack engaged was not quite enough and it would jump a tooth on the rack occasionally when plunging, making a...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Wed 20 November 2019, 01:06
Replies: 216
Views: 83,147
Posted By xraydude
I saw very similar issues with one of my 133...

I saw very similar issues with one of my 133 boards as well. One day my slave X quit working. The terminal block on J2 looked a little crispy. The only thing I could find were sketchy crimp on...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Fri 15 November 2019, 20:51
Replies: 128
Views: 58,379
Posted By xraydude
Thanks, Mark. I used LJ12A3-4-Z-BX Proxies....

Thanks, Mark.

I used LJ12A3-4-Z-BX Proxies. NPN, NO, 3 wire, 12mm tubular. 6-36V, 300ma. I am using 4 of them, 2 on X, 1 on Y and 1 on Z. Because I went with NO sensors, I had to wiree them...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Wed 13 November 2019, 11:22
Replies: 128
Views: 58,379
Posted By xraydude
Speaking of my enclosure temps in another thread....

Speaking of my enclosure temps in another thread. I found this morning that letting the shop get down to 3C certainly helps keep the drivers cool!

Ted
Forum: MechMates already cutting Tue 12 November 2019, 06:26
Replies: 123
Views: 59,563
Posted By xraydude
Looking good, Davey. I have the same enclosure...

Looking good, Davey. I have the same enclosure from Mike. I went with some massive heat sinks and internal fans, with no intake or exhaust ports, but I think I may have to add ports for fresh air. ...
Forum: Introduce yourself and start planning Sat 19 October 2019, 23:14
Replies: 25
Views: 6,931
Posted By xraydude
Fantastic, Vustamsith. Great to see your build...

Fantastic, Vustamsith. Great to see your build starting. Looking forward to your progress.

Ted
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 14 October 2019, 09:10
Replies: 128
Views: 58,379
Posted By xraydude
Custom 8 sided mug

Very nice, Al, and thanks for the info.

Got a custom order for a large 8 sided beer mug (130mm x 230mm) with 3D skull and crossbones. Here are a couple of videos during the process:
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Forum: MechMates already cutting Wed 02 October 2019, 17:46
Replies: 231
Views: 101,078
Posted By xraydude
Ed, I am using a Bluetooth mouse/keyboard combo...

Ed, I am using a Bluetooth mouse/keyboard combo with no issues. Can carry the keyboard all around the machine with no loss of connectivity.

Ted
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sun 29 September 2019, 16:18
Replies: 128
Views: 58,379
Posted By xraydude
Little bit of 3D work

Still rocking and rolling on #131. Here's a short video of a 3D carving done on a Mahogany Apothecary top.

Standard Aspire Gryphon clipart.

6mm roughing.
2mm ball nose finish pass.
Run-Time:...
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