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  #91  
Old Mon 10 May 2010, 13:12
Kobus_Joubert
Just call me: Kobus #6
 
Riversdale Western Cape
South Africa
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Forget about the controllers... I like the REAL WOODEN floors..
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  #92  
Old Thu 13 May 2010, 04:46
skippy
Just call me: Paul #72
 
Queensland
Australia
The Mechmate Machined parts have arrived

The Machined parts have arrived.

The 3 x Z-slide for Ross (Surfcnc), Tony (AuS MaDDoG) and Myself (skippy)
2x idle arm for Tony (AuS MaDDoG) and Myself (skippy)
12 x Bearing support for Tony (AuS MaDDoG) and Myself (skippy)


Sourced from
Collins Welding & Engineering & CNC Turning & Milling
5/8 Havton St
Stafford 4053
+61 7 3352 4400

Regards

Paul


PS there are some more wooden floor shots for Kobus , The whole house has Hardwood floors and they are about 48 years old. The people in the house before me covered the beautiful wooden floors with carpets. I have ripped up all the carpet and lino and had them polished (only about half as I have about a tonne of Marine Fish tank and it to hard to move)
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  #93  
Old Thu 13 May 2010, 05:07
Sergio-k
Just call me: Sergio #61
 
Athens
Greece
Nice to see you going Paul.

Concerning your VFD wiring, i noticed that you have wired your
input's ground to the chinese symbol next to 'W'.
However your earth bolt is the one with the ground symbol just below
that terminal.

Sergio
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  #94  
Old Thu 13 May 2010, 05:23
Sergio-k
Just call me: Sergio #61
 
Athens
Greece
My mistake Paul
I have just disasembled the VFD just to be sure and
that terminal is the ground of VFD.
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  #95  
Old Thu 13 May 2010, 05:30
Kobus_Joubert
Just call me: Kobus #6
 
Riversdale Western Cape
South Africa
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Those floors are really something....wish they were mine.
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  #96  
Old Thu 13 May 2010, 05:42
Surfcnc
Just call me: Ross #74
 
Queensland
Australia
Hey Kobus - the timber is brushbox a tough hardwood species we have here.
The older timber is quite mesmerizing to look at in a polished floor, it can provide hours of entertainment checking out the patterns and colour variations.
The Queenslander style homes are elevated on stumps in order to keep them cool in summer, the downside is they can be pretty cold even in subtropical Brisbane in winter.
Like Paul I have chosen to strip and polish all my previous homes timber floors, just because they look so good !!

Ross
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  #97  
Old Fri 09 July 2010, 19:28
tangocharlie123
Just call me: Pete
 
Gatton Brisbane
Australia
Z slides.

Hi Paul

How was the workmanship from Collins welding would you reccomend that I get them to do one or would it be cheaper to do a bulk order.

Did you just supply them with the drawing and they went from there.

and were they reasonable on cost after my last expierence with engineers four brackets costover $200.

Cheers.
Peter
Quote:
Originally Posted by skippy View Post
The Machined parts have arrived.

The 3 x Z-slide for Ross (Surfcnc), Tony (AuS MaDDoG) and Myself (skippy)
2x idle arm for Tony (AuS MaDDoG) and Myself (skippy)
12 x Bearing support for Tony (AuS MaDDoG) and Myself (skippy)


Sourced from
Collins Welding & Engineering & CNC Turning & Milling
5/8 Havton St
Stafford 4053
+61 7 3352 4400

Regards

Paul


PS there are some more wooden floor shots for Kobus , The whole house has Hardwood floors and they are about 48 years old. The people in the house before me covered the beautiful wooden floors with carpets. I have ripped up all the carpet and lino and had them polished (only about half as I have about a tonne of Marine Fish tank and it to hard to move)
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  #98  
Old Tue 17 August 2010, 06:30
skippy
Just call me: Paul #72
 
Queensland
Australia
Stepper finshed terminated

Sorry

Long time between posts but have being very busy.

Pic 1. All 10 stepper motors have be terminated with Amphenol XLR 4 pin Connectors. the other four are at Tony's house. As well as both flow sensors with mini XLR 3 pin connectors as they will be plumb up inline now so we don't make a mess later as the sensor curcuit will be done later.

Pic 2. You will see the pmdx-125 mounted to our Bob plates and the clear spiral binding that we will use on the stepper motor wires.
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  #99  
Old Tue 12 October 2010, 06:34
skippy
Just call me: Paul #72
 
Queensland
Australia
Unhappy Long time between posts

Long time between posts

Been overseas for work (Taipei, Taiwan) and interstate as well and just been informed that I will need to go overseas most likely China some were and interstate again with in the month or so. But back to build.

A coupe of weeks ago I had finished installation of of all software drivers etc on the PC then I reboot to a total hard drive failure. Windows will not reinstall on the PC with a new Hard Drive.

So bought two second hand Dell PC that will fit into the controller box we little mod the holding bracket so that I can get to the connectors. This and the OS and interstate trips have set me back about 4 weeks as I have to setup the replacement PC so that I have a testbed again.

Looking on the bright side of this it I'm glad it happen before the machine was working. Lesson learnt building up two PC's with all software and settings so have a hotswap PC just need to move the Mach3 License across to it. Putting all those spare parts to use.

Well this weekend will be busy wiring up the tables.

Regards

Paul
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  #100  
Old Tue 12 October 2010, 16:32
Alan_c
Just call me: Alan (#11)
 
Cape Town (Western Cape)
South Africa
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Sorry to hear of your delays, hopefully the path ahead is smoother.

Do check that both PC's work as the controller. I also use a Dell Machine (bought two identical GX280's from the local Uni when they upgraded) one runs the machine perfectly, the other just misbehaves and constantly trips the e-stop, like when changing screens etc. Cant seem to make sense of it as they are identical, same MB same chip same RAM everything???
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  #101  
Old Wed 13 October 2010, 02:51
KenC
Just call me: Ken
 
Klang
Malaysia
Give the PC interior a good spring cleaning, clean all contacts with alcohol; Uninstall all unnecessary software, then clean the memory, registry cleaner, defrag the hard disk & see what happens...
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  #102  
Old Wed 13 October 2010, 04:05
chrisd7306
Just call me: Chris
 
Melbourne
Australia
I remember in the distant pass that Dell have their own version of Windows operating system, it was proprietary to Dell.
I have tried to load a standard version of Windows onto a Dell machine and it would not run no matter what I tried. When I loaded the original Dell disks, everything started to work. There were also some applications that did not run in the Dell environment.
This is when XP first came out, so this was a few years ago, I do not know how it is now.
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  #103  
Old Mon 22 November 2010, 04:38
skippy
Just call me: Paul #72
 
Queensland
Australia
Lost my cable for the camera so that haven't be able to post pictures so here a coupe old one's plus some new ones.

Pic 1
Show the two USB XBox 360 charge docks for our Xbox 360 wireless controllers
plus two Welding Connectors that we will use for a connect to the control box for the table earth.
And of course the Vectric Aspire 2.5 soon to be Ver. 3

Pic 2

10 x Neutrik USB connectors p/n NAUSB-W USB feed through IP65

Pic 3

Close up of the USB connector both front USB-A and back USB-B this will be use on our control box to connect the keyboard, mouse ,USB memory stick and USB XBox 360 charge dock.
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  #104  
Old Mon 22 November 2010, 07:13
Kobus_Joubert
Just call me: Kobus #6
 
Riversdale Western Cape
South Africa
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Glad to see you have the correct software..just shout if I must come and help out with it...
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  #105  
Old Mon 22 November 2010, 14:42
chrisd7306
Just call me: Chris
 
Melbourne
Australia
I have been looking for these USB connectors for some time but did not know who made them. At long last a name to the product - Neutrik.
Do you have an address where I can get a couple of them?

Thanks
Chris
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  #106  
Old Mon 22 November 2010, 18:15
skippy
Just call me: Paul #72
 
Queensland
Australia
Chris

I found them on ebay the seller that I got them form is "audio-spares" based in the UK

Here is the Link he still has about 20 for sale.
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Neutrik-NAUSB...item2c58f40504

Or you can search for "Neutrik USB" in ebay and a coupe come up.

Regards

Paul
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  #107  
Old Tue 23 November 2010, 17:08
chrisd7306
Just call me: Chris
 
Melbourne
Australia
Paul,
Thanks for the info.
Just by luck I went past Altronics yesterday in Melbourne and they had the Neutrik NAUSB-W for almost the same price as from the UK.

For those who are interested Altronics part numbers are :
P 0836 for the silver housing
P 0837 for the black housing

Cheers
Chris
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  #108  
Old Tue 30 November 2010, 05:29
skippy
Just call me: Paul #72
 
Queensland
Australia
Just got my update for Aspire to version V3 have downloaded it and installed it but have not played with it yet.

Regards

Paul
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  #109  
Old Tue 07 December 2010, 04:00
skippy
Just call me: Paul #72
 
Queensland
Australia
Mechmate Serial Number 72

I've got my Mechmate Serial number it's 72 I'm very happy with that still have a lot to do.

Most of the build of the tables is in this link

http://www.mechmate.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1919

and here is shot of my my table and control boxes taken awhile ago




and here is the shot of wiring Control Boxes That Tony's I doing and mine in the background waiting to do



Regards

Paul (Skippy)
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  #110  
Old Tue 07 December 2010, 05:02
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
I miss the wine bottle in the pics!
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  #111  
Old Tue 07 December 2010, 05:36
skippy
Just call me: Paul #72
 
Queensland
Australia
I still have the wine bottle. Just kept it for photo's so you may see it's return soon.
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  #112  
Old Thu 09 December 2010, 07:57
jhiggins7
Just call me: John #26
 
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Builder's Log Update

Skippy,

Congratulations on earning Serial #72. In reading back over your and Tony's threads, I see how wonderful it has been for the two of you to work together to build your MechMates. That's special.

Here is the Updated Builder's Log.

Please review your entry and send me a PM or reply to this thread for any changes you wish to make to your entry.
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  #113  
Old Mon 13 December 2010, 04:50
skippy
Just call me: Paul #72
 
Queensland
Australia
Still have a lot to do its amazing were the time goes doing all the fiddley bits!!

Regards

Paul (skippy)
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  #114  
Old Mon 13 December 2010, 07:16
MetalHead
Just call me: Mike
 
Columbiana AL
United States of America
So what is the Rum to MechMate ratio? 600:2 Maybe ???
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  #115  
Old Mon 13 December 2010, 07:24
KenC
Just call me: Ken
 
Klang
Malaysia
Quote:
Originally Posted by skippy View Post
Still have a lot to do its amazing were the time goes doing all the fiddley bits!!

Regards

Paul (skippy)
Paul, Brace yourself, the fiddley bits just started...

Have fun!

Ken
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  #116  
Old Tue 14 December 2010, 03:44
Red_boards
Just call me: Red #91
 
Melbourne
Australia
Congrats guys.
Your build among others is what got me inspired to jump in.
Thanks for a nicely documented build.
Red
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  #117  
Old Fri 04 February 2011, 07:41
skippy
Just call me: Paul #72
 
Queensland
Australia
1 more sleep and the MechMate will be home. I think it is like Christmas. The BIG move is on tomorrow. I just hope it doesn't rain (leftover bits from Tropical Cyclone Yasi) i.e. see Ross's Thread (http://www.mechmate.com/forums/showt...&postcount=394)
I can't wait I hope it fits in my Garage with my car as well.

Regrads

skippy
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  #118  
Old Mon 07 February 2011, 20:35
skippy
Just call me: Paul #72
 
Queensland
Australia
The move went well

The Move went well you can see the Move photo's here in Aus MaDDog thead

http://www.mechmate.com/forums/showt...&postcount=391

I wish to give a big thankyou to tangocharlie (Pete) and AuS MaDDog (Tony) for the hand that they gave me.

Paul
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  #119  
Old Tue 31 May 2011, 08:22
skippy
Just call me: Paul #72
 
Queensland
Australia
Touch Probes have arrived

The Touch probes have arrived that I ordered from Gary at wildhorse-innovations Touch probe link

I just can't wait to try them out but that will have to wait as I need to rewire the mechmate to try it out.

regards

skippy
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  #120  
Old Tue 31 May 2011, 18:28
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
Hi Paul,

No good sitting there on the floor get to work and get them working!! I also need you to reset up my existing touch tools, as they are no longer working under Mach3 since my little computer issue we had the other week.
Would be nice to get all these little un-finished/outstanding bits and pieces finished

Cheers
Tony.

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