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Forum: MechMates already cutting Wed 04 June 2014, 13:33
Replies: 173
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Posted By Zouave
Well, the saga continues with further mysterious...

Well, the saga continues with further mysterious results... I've checked my cable connections, all were tight and clean. I've run a solid ground wire from the heatsink to the DIN bar (as grounding...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Fri 30 May 2014, 09:58
Replies: 173
Views: 31,168
Posted By Zouave
After a very busy spring, I'm finally getting...

After a very busy spring, I'm finally getting back around to this project. Just ordered a large heat-sink extrusion from http://www.heatsinkusa.com/, I'll report on how it works once it gets here.
Forum: Introduce yourself and start planning Mon 31 March 2014, 20:17
Replies: 37
Views: 13,037
Posted By Zouave
I ended up doing my entire build with an old...

I ended up doing my entire build with an old stick welder. My welds aren't the prettiest, but having attempted several destructive tests on them (not on the Mechmate, on test pieces), I'm pretty...
Forum: Introduce yourself and start planning Fri 31 January 2014, 08:46
Replies: 13
Views: 2,928
Posted By Zouave
Sean beat me to it, but to help you visualize...

Sean beat me to it, but to help you visualize things further... When people on here refer to belt-drive, they are talking about a transmission that is between the motor and the rack attached to the...
Forum: Introduce yourself and start planning Wed 29 January 2014, 15:20
Replies: 13
Views: 2,928
Posted By Zouave
Hi Buddy, and welcome! Take a little time with...

Hi Buddy, and welcome! Take a little time with your setup, take the time to shim things properly (again, everything is available on the Forums) and you'll end up with a great machine. I just...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sun 26 January 2014, 15:13
Replies: 414
Views: 75,259
Posted By Zouave
Don't forget to add the weight of the Z-slide and...

Don't forget to add the weight of the Z-slide and stiffener, plus any dust collection accessories you might mount to it... 20lbs sounds okay, I think I went slightly higher for mine, but I have a PC...
Forum: 20. Gantry Fri 24 January 2014, 11:33
Replies: 16
Views: 7,696
Posted By Zouave
Whenever something is deemed idiot proof... Do...

Whenever something is deemed idiot proof... Do not underestimate the power of the world to produce a more talented idiot. :-)
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Thu 23 January 2014, 06:40
Replies: 43
Views: 15,000
Posted By Zouave
Personally, I'd recommend going with a stick...

Personally, I'd recommend going with a stick welder. One of the things I've come across is that the MIG welders can make a visually nice weld that has poor penetration and strength. I've yet to see...
Forum: 20. Gantry Tue 21 January 2014, 18:42
Replies: 16
Views: 7,696
Posted By Zouave
I did about the same thing, with an 8" section of...

I did about the same thing, with an 8" section of flat steel I had. First thing I did was cut a + pattern on my surface, then centered the Z over that, chucked up a 1/2" bar I'd welded the 8" of...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 06 January 2014, 12:17
Replies: 173
Views: 31,168
Posted By Zouave
Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone! I've...

Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone! I've been out of town for a few days, so I haven't been able to test anything just yet, but I am thinking that it is a heat related issue. I did forget to...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 30 December 2013, 14:31
Replies: 173
Views: 31,168
Posted By Zouave
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get the...

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get the problem to repeat. I tried slowly unplugging the parallel port cable as the router was moving, it gave a very different reaction, so I doubt its loose...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Fri 27 December 2013, 14:39
Replies: 173
Views: 31,168
Posted By Zouave
Ran fine for a while, then just after beginning...

Ran fine for a while, then just after beginning the second cycle, problem reappeared. Does not appear to be repeatable under specific circumstances that I've been able to find thus far. This time...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Fri 27 December 2013, 12:47
Replies: 414
Views: 75,259
Posted By Zouave
Darren, do you have a Z-zero plate that you use...

Darren, do you have a Z-zero plate that you use to keep from cutting into the top surface, or do you just periodically roll on a new coat of Poly?
I've had no problems with my MDF, but then again,...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Fri 27 December 2013, 12:37
Replies: 173
Views: 31,168
Posted By Zouave
Well, update... Checked all my wiring, cleaned...

Well, update... Checked all my wiring, cleaned out the computer and connectors (control box is still pristine, no dust there...) and everything ran fine for two cycles through the program I'm doing....
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 26 December 2013, 20:34
Replies: 173
Views: 31,168
Posted By Zouave
The problem appeared again after a well-behaved...

The problem appeared again after a well-behaved morning as I was jogging the Y-car along the gantry. #1 X-axis motor jerked back and forth like a fish out of water, than lost power completely. I am...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 26 December 2013, 00:46
Replies: 173
Views: 31,168
Posted By Zouave
Everything is seated fine still. I can turn the...

Everything is seated fine still. I can turn the motors by hand when they should be energized and holding.
Forum: MechMates already cutting Wed 25 December 2013, 22:05
Replies: 173
Views: 31,168
Posted By Zouave
Thanks everyone! Been a busy month with lots of...

Thanks everyone! Been a busy month with lots of sawdust made, but I ran into some issues very abruptly yesterday. Plunged a bit when it wasn't spinning, caught it and stopped the program running. ...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Tue 10 December 2013, 14:38
Replies: 173
Views: 31,168
Posted By Zouave
Thanks! By the way, cutting area is 5'x8'. I'd...

Thanks! By the way, cutting area is 5'x8'. I'd originally planned on doing a 5x10 with 2' of that dedicated for a 4th axis on the end, but I'm just going to build a small purpose-built rotary...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 09 December 2013, 10:56
Replies: 173
Views: 31,168
Posted By Zouave
Thank you! I don't suppose anyone has a font set...

Thank you! I don't suppose anyone has a font set for the MechMate logo, as I want to design up a few more decals and add a serial number to the mix on the control box?
Next up: Dust collection...
Forum: 60. Wiring & Cable Management Thu 28 November 2013, 13:06
Replies: 221
Views: 86,688
Posted By Zouave
McMaster-Carr, as great as they are for getting...

McMaster-Carr, as great as they are for getting things to you quickly, tend to have slightly higher prices overall. I have some leftover wire from my build, I sent you an e-mail, let me know if...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sun 10 November 2013, 17:43
Replies: 173
Views: 31,168
Posted By Zouave
Not yet.

Not yet.
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 09 November 2013, 09:00
Replies: 173
Views: 31,168
Posted By Zouave
Very nice. How do you like that mill? I did a...

Very nice. How do you like that mill? I did a lot of manual machining in high school and first few years in college (but that was 10+ years ago), but the CNC world is a lot newer to me. Loving it,...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Fri 08 November 2013, 16:45
Replies: 173
Views: 31,168
Posted By Zouave
Ouch! You have a Mechmate Lathe, or another kind?

Ouch! You have a Mechmate Lathe, or another kind?
Forum: MechMates already cutting Wed 06 November 2013, 17:34
Replies: 173
Views: 31,168
Posted By Zouave
Well, in running today, I'm a little concerned...

Well, in running today, I'm a little concerned about my motors. They are definitely warm to the touch. I'm using MotionKing 34HS9801s, specs are here...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Wed 06 November 2013, 15:11
Replies: 173
Views: 31,168
Posted By Zouave
I didn't like how sharp the bends were coming out...

I didn't like how sharp the bends were coming out of the cable chain, just attaching to the pre-drilled holes. I need to cut out a couple of links on the chain, unfortunately, because I increased...
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