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JOGARA
17-01-2018, 02:09 PM
The only way I can think of doing it is to get a bit of 15mm and have my part sit in it.
Then when the vice clamps down, the slight bend in the aluminum locks that part in place. I am talking a tiny tolerance that will not bend enough to cause problems, but enough to grip onto the part.

I'd model it up but my laptop has crapped out on me. Thanks, Windows.


Also, looking to add a solenoid valve to the machine to turn the air on and off.
Fed up with having to reach in and turn it on and off. That and I run the machine and leave it for a bit. If it errors our or finishes the op before Ig et back, would rather it switch off the air.
12v is what the X6-2200L uses on control board right?

JOGARA
18-01-2018, 03:14 PM
Here is my idea.

Block with the case silhouette cut out of it. When the vice clamps down there should be a slight bend in the block resulting in it clamping the part.

https://s10.postimg.org/vgyrmgu95/image.png (https://postimg.org/image/7pze4cu1x/)

https://s10.postimg.org/zdc3igmyh/image.png (https://postimg.org/image/ljnqteud1/)

Zeeflyboy
20-01-2018, 10:52 PM
Still relying on your vice...

Make that piece (except minus those channels you added to allow it to flex inwards) out of something nice and sturdy - either alu or something like SRBP. Add a couple of threaded holes either side to allow clamps to hold it externally, and maybe two threaded holes internally underneath those cut outs. I would also add a zero reference hole (the probe works better determining zero from a hole probe than from an open edge probe), though I would ream it rather than just drill/mill it.

That then allows you to clamp internally with just a screw and spacer, run your external ops, then switch over to clamping externally with screws and a clamp piece to run your internal ops. Only takes a minute to undo two screws and screw in the other set for switching from internal to external.

depending on what you are doing operations wise, you can also consider the external clamping from both the ends and the sides to allow you to run different operations with external clamping but it doesn't sound like you'll need to.

JOGARA
23-01-2018, 04:28 PM
I am tempted just to buy a decent machine vice and do it properly..

I think it is obvious that I need a better one anyway when I am doing my first op.
I got to make this easier as I have 30-50 cases to make of each type.

The X6-2200L has 140mm height between the floor and the gantry.
Minus ~5mm for a spoilplate/wonky correction.
Leaves me with 135mm.


Been looking at this, http://www.ymttooling.co.uk/tuscan-single-station-machine-vices/12-tuscan-ssv-150-single-station-machine-vice.html
117.5mm to the top of the jaws.
Even if I was to hold parts at the top of the jaws, that is 17.5mm clearance.
The reason I like this vice is that I could probably make the soft jaws really easily.
The lower height ones I have seen all have the triangle jaws which I can't manufacture.
They do sell soft jaws for this but they are 86...

m_c
23-01-2018, 06:37 PM
This style of vice is lower - https://www.cutwel.co.uk/work-holding/machine-vices/gerardi-standard-series-machine-vices
However I've still to find more reasonably priced version.

JOGARA
23-01-2018, 06:56 PM
This style of vice is lower - https://www.cutwel.co.uk/work-holding/machine-vices/gerardi-standard-series-machine-vices
However I've still to find more reasonably priced version.

I checked them out as like you say they are lower. But they are costly and I can't make my own soft jaws for them

m_c
23-01-2018, 07:07 PM
It seems to the ideal vice for what I'd like, but I'm holding of in the hope Cutwel have a promo on them at some point, or until I find something similar in a 5-6" jaw version.

You can make anything with the right tools ;-)

JAZZCNC
23-01-2018, 07:53 PM
It seems to the ideal vice for what I'd like, but I'm holding of in the hope Cutwel have a promo on them at some point

Give Cutwell a ring they will give you good deal. (ask for Harriot Dootson)

Snapper
24-01-2018, 09:47 AM
Cutwel had the Gerardi vices on offer in December, I got one. Wish I'd got two. Or thee. Or four :sulkiness:

You can set the Gerardi vice up how you want, it doesn't need to have the angle jaws, you can get them with flat jaws, serrated jaws or whatever you want. It's a modular vice and there's a whole tonne of accesories for them. You've still got the issue of the vice bending your work, and in the case of the Gerardi the angle jaws would cause it to bend quite badly (the angle is there to add downforce for pulling the work down to ensure it clamps true repeatedly).

A dedicated fixture really is the way to go here IMO.

JOGARA
24-01-2018, 03:02 PM
What model of those extrusion channel nuts do I need for this X6-2200L?

Snapper
24-01-2018, 03:08 PM
What model of those extrusion channel nuts do I need for this X6-2200L?

I can't remember, I had a new solid bed made for mine, I think they were 8mm. Get m6 or even m5 if you like. KJN sell them, but they charge an arm and a leg for delivery if you're not nearby.

JOGARA
24-01-2018, 04:35 PM
Ordered that vice and a new plate for leveling it.

https://s10.postimg.org/k2tg2g83t/Capture.png (https://postimg.org/image/3rtc64vlx/)
Just saw this on FaceBook. No idea why I haven't seen this idea posted around before. Would have saved hours.
Will be testing it with this new vice.

Wait. Could have just printed a holder for the part and mounted it onto the base of the cnc machine....
Well at least the new vice will be a good paper weight...




I can't remember, I had a new solid bed made for mine, I think they were 8mm. Get m6 or even m5 if you like. KJN sell them, but they charge an arm and a leg for delivery if you're not nearby.

Thanks.
I have emailed them to see if they can confirm what size.
The gap at the top is 8.5mm and the OD of the threads is 7mm.
Can't pull them out atm as the machine is running.

m_c
24-01-2018, 07:50 PM
You do realise those MarkForged jaws aren't plastic?
MarkForged produce carbon fiber and metal 3D printers.


I never seen the Gerardi vice offer :-/
I'll give Cutwel a call once I'm feeling a bit more flush, as I could really do with behaving for a couple months to let finances recover from last years expenses.

JOGARA
24-01-2018, 09:50 PM
You do realise those MarkForged jaws aren't plastic?
MarkForged produce carbon fiber and metal 3D printers.


I never seen the Gerardi vice offer :-/
I'll give Cutwel a call once I'm feeling a bit more flush, as I could really do with behaving for a couple months to let finances recover from last years expenses.


I print PLA 'Carbon fiber' xD

I don't actually mean to use them, just test fit before making aluminium ones..
But even so, would be fine if it was a large block that you sit the part in for chamfer operation?

m_c
24-01-2018, 10:43 PM
I would think so for chamfering.

I'm not sure I'd trust them for anything involving much higher cutting forces though, but there is only way to find out..

JOGARA
24-01-2018, 11:00 PM
I would think so for chamfering.

I'm not sure I'd trust them for anything involving much higher cutting forces though, but there is only way to find out..


Might give it a go. Would make a nice little YouTube video.

JOGARA
25-01-2018, 03:47 PM
Bit of Googlering and a few people are saying that it is M8 that one wants.

Yea shipping on KJN.


RS does some extrusion stuff though, these look about right?
https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/connecting-components/3900379/

Snapper
25-01-2018, 07:20 PM
Bit of Googlering and a few people are saying that it is M8 that one wants.

Yea shipping on KJN.


RS does some extrusion stuff though, these look about right?
https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/connecting-components/3900379/

You don't want m8. You will constantly be fighting to get the bolts through the slots and threaded in the nuts and there is absolutely no need for that much clamping force. M4 or m5 will be just as good, I used m6 because I have a tonne of m6 fixings in all sizes which is important. If you use rs the ones linked or these are the ones you want but not in m8.

https://uk.rs-online.com/mobile/p/connecting-components/3900256/

You also don't want to be thinking about using anything 3D printed if accuracy and repeatability is what you're after.

Snapper
26-01-2018, 12:08 PM
Just a thought here which I should have thought of sooner. You are aware of the sheer weight of a proper machine vice? I don't think the flimsy hollow extruded aluminium table that comes on the OMIO will give you much improved results. The bed will dip and probably bounce around like a trampoline. Think about that and try some tests before you actually use the vice and can no longer return it.

JOGARA
26-01-2018, 12:13 PM
Just a thought here which I should have thought of sooner. You are aware of the sheer weight of a proper machine vice? I don't think the flimsy hollow extruded aluminium table that comes on the OMIO will give you much improved results. The bed will dip and probably bounce around like a trampoline. Think about that and try some tests before you actually use the vice and can no longer return it.

Had that thought to. Trying to have it close to the vertical frame.
Should have just bought a Tormach...

JOGARA
26-01-2018, 01:08 PM
Dam this thing is large. What have I done... xD


[edit]

My bed is out by 0.5mm in some places :/

I have worked out how I am going to do it. Ill remove the old vice and center this one and get it all nice and level.
To hold my parts, as the top of the vice is so high up, I can just cheap and use a big sab of 15mm as my part spoil 'board' to mount it on like before, but it will sit deeper into the vice with 40-50mm either side of it to prevent the spindle crshing into it.

Snapper
26-01-2018, 02:12 PM
Dam this thing is large. What have I done... xD

Maybe puts into perspective how feeble the OMIO is in real terms and what you're wanting to make it do :courage:

Seriously, put some thought into a dedicated fixture and maybe save yourself a few hundred quid in the process. That big hefty unit is a firm sledgehammer to crack a walnut sort of job.

JOGARA
27-01-2018, 05:17 PM
Plate done and vice mounted.

https://s10.postimg.org/3w38gls95/IMG_20180126_164413977.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/8uqqv4w1x/)

https://s10.postimg.org/eix1m1849/IMG_20180126_164456060_HDR.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/3w38glzyt/)

https://s10.postimg.org/cecokxjc9/IMG_20180127_171118256_HDR.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/97i51ayw5/)

https://s10.postimg.org/f8ftyegdl/IMG_20180127_171122827_HDR.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/4ydez5qhx/)

Yes, I could do with larger OD washers. These were all that Screwfix had and the Fixings store I normally go to is now miles away as we moved. That and he closes early xD
The M8 extrustion T-nuts from RS are fine. The bolt is hard to start threading into them but once you have it they really do help.
I think the M6 would have been a bit to small as that would have meant smaller washer too. These things are not going to move.

Z is 0.2mm high at one side of the vice on the Y-axis. X-axis there is no difference.
The Y-axis measurement was taken 350mm from the back of the vice to the front. Most of my parts are sub 100mm so that should be more than fine?

The vice is square or within measurable tolerance with the probe and dial indicator.



It also looks dank af... I get points for that no?

Clive S
27-01-2018, 06:35 PM
Z is 0.2mm high at one side of the vice on the Y-axis. X-axis there is no difference.You could shim the vice level

JOGARA
27-01-2018, 06:36 PM
You could shim the vice level

If I touch this again it will never be better xD

JOGARA
28-01-2018, 12:36 AM
Dam it. I forgot that I have an operation where I need to stand the 105mm tall part on its end to mill out connector holes...

I do have a tiny vice that I could use for this. Might be able to fit it in behind the new vice, will be hard to reach but really is it my only option :/

AndyGuid
28-01-2018, 11:26 AM
Great way to firm up the 6040 bed. . . . . . .Replace virtually the entire bed with an enormous vice!

I think it looks good. :smile:

JOGARA
30-01-2018, 01:44 PM
How true is AW's "flat bar" stock?

Like do I need to order the size up of what I want to make it true over 150-200mm lenth of cut?

jamesgates1000
30-01-2018, 03:51 PM
Best to buy bigger stock, hold on a few mm and do as much as you can on the first op then turn over and take the back off. The flat Ali bar won't be square so will cause more problems later if you don't square it up. Don't buy from aw either find a big metal supplier like smiths metal centres, it will work out a lot cheaper.

JOGARA
30-01-2018, 04:08 PM
Best to buy bigger stock, hold on a few mm and do as much as you can on the first op then turn over and take the back off. The flat Ali bar won't be square so will cause more problems later if you don't square it up. Don't buy from aw either find a big metal supplier like smiths metal centres, it will work out a lot cheaper.

The stuff I was looing at would allow 5mm to be shaved off each side actually (made my part smaller).
Ill contact a few local companies. I have been using AW just for ease. But I have spent nearly 200 this past week which probably would have been a lot less locally xD

JOGARA
31-01-2018, 11:59 AM
FUCKKKK
Just snapped the probe.

Anyone know if there are other probe ends that fit this one?
http://www.kurokesu.com/shop/precision_instruments/TPA2

JOGARA
01-02-2018, 01:09 PM
Wow the local aluminium specialist wants 3-5x the price of AW xD

JAZZCNC
01-02-2018, 03:49 PM
Wow the local aluminium specialist wants 3-5x the price of AW xD

Must be going to wrong suppliers because nearly any decent stockist will be cheaper than AW.
Give ASC metals a ring and ask if they deliver out your way.

http://www.ascmetals.com/

JOGARA
01-02-2018, 04:05 PM
Must be going to wrong suppliers because nearly any decent stockist will be cheaper than AW.
Give ASC metals a ring and ask if they deliver out your way.

http://www.ascmetals.com/

Well, I just ordered 5 bits off this local company for some soft jaws.
Worked out cheaper at 5 quantity than AW.

Sent ASC an email too. Thanks for the sugetion.

JOGARA
01-02-2018, 04:11 PM
Quotes so far for 15mm 5083 plate...




Company
150x105
112x108
Postage


AW
5.43
4.17
12.95


Local Ali stock
10.75
9.25
Collection


ASC
5.50
3.50
10


Brindley Metals
6.80
6.10
20

jamesgates1000
01-02-2018, 04:51 PM
6082 is better to machine.

Why don't you get 6" x 3/4" flat bar billeted and machine all over. It will work out cheaper.

JOGARA
01-02-2018, 04:53 PM
6082 is better to machine.

Why don't you get 6" x 3/4" flat bar billeted and machine all over. It will work out cheaper.

idk

Always used "eco cast" from AW. Apparently, it is 5083 but ground?

Need to look into types of alloys. Hoping there is a decent YouTube video on it. Will check later.
Just finished a part with the new vice and it is looking amazing!
So much better than the drill press vice xD

I'd post photos but my phone died...

JOGARA
01-02-2018, 05:05 PM
Here is the area of the part I was having problems with.
The chamfer would be uneven. Now it is perfect.

https://s10.postimg.org/sj7eq4qa1/IMG_20180201_165550549_HDR.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/9qvjmjtvp/)



This is my contraption.
https://s10.postimg.org/y7dph12c9/IMG_20180131_171143803_HDR.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/679lwqyvp/)

I know a few will laugh but it works really well....

Would prefer to machine the top in the vice and then flip in the vice.
I hate the super glue and the removal of it (which even on fresh plastic is scuffing up the surface finish)
Will try it once I have some soft jaws.


Also, I got yelled at for running this tiny cut without lubricant..
https://www.instagram.com/p/BenMhMghCqq/

JOGARA
08-02-2018, 12:16 PM
Making some nice chips...

https://s10.postimg.org/vzrlhapbd/IMG_20180208_120853120_HDR.jpg

6mm, 25mm Flute. There is a bit of chatter when it goes Z- 10mm. But is holding up fine.
I used a 6mm carbide drill to pre drill the holes. Worked out really well. Only a hair width of gap between the endmill and the stock but never heard it cut anything when dropping into the hole.
The 6mm drill bit is pushing the machine a tad. Can see it flex at 0.2mm Feed per Revolution. Dropped it to 50% in Mach3 and it still flexed but very little.

JOGARA
08-02-2018, 03:45 PM
New Styli just arrived. Trying out the Renishaw ones as they are distributed and possibly manufactured in the UK?
The cheapest M3 with 3mm ball is 21.2mm long (ball end being closer to 2.9mm diameter than 3mm, this typical?).

The shorter length actually works well for me as with the new vice installed, I don't have much Z height anymore.

https://www.renishaw.com/shop/Product.aspx?Product=A-5000-3553

49 for 2 probes, shipped next day (I ordered past 5pm so same say shipped) and was sent first so arrived today.
Bit better than the 100 Euro the dude who makes these probes quoted me for a single Styli...


https://preview.ibb.co/k6Nuyx/IMG_20180208_151414040.jpg (https://ibb.co/cW755c)


[edit]
Shipped same day if ordered before 2:30 pm and they are made in the UK.
I have an image just above of the Styli but image host is playing up.

JOGARA
08-02-2018, 06:46 PM
FFS it did it again.

Jogging the machine towards the part, and it carries on. The remote shut off so you can't stop it till it decides to stop its self after 2-3 seconds.

And today was going good till now...


https://s10.postimg.org/tukq2vtfd/IMG_20180208_143852742_HDR.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/63lckrt85/)

https://s10.postimg.org/hfxy2jmhl/IMG_20180208_144524828_HDR.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/lp2o4ppqt/)

https://s10.postimg.org/v9marl7d5/IMG_20180208_145031394_HDR.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/rd8yvlmdh/)

Snapper
09-02-2018, 09:07 PM
FFS it did it again.

Jogging the machine towards the part, and it carries on. The remote shut off so you can't stop it till it decides to stop its self after 2-3 seconds.

And today was going good till now...


https://s10.postimg.org/tukq2vtfd/IMG_20180208_143852742_HDR.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/63lckrt85/)

https://s10.postimg.org/hfxy2jmhl/IMG_20180208_144524828_HDR.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/lp2o4ppqt/)

https://s10.postimg.org/v9marl7d5/IMG_20180208_145031394_HDR.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/rd8yvlmdh/)

Nice. Looks like the vice is giving you much better results so worth every penny if it gets the job done.

For chatter if you're using HSM toolpaths full depth and shallow step over try using a bigger 8mm or 10mm tool. 6mm drill should be absolutely fine, I have absolutely zero problems doing a 6.

JOGARA
09-02-2018, 09:52 PM
Nice. Looks like the vice is giving you much better results so worth every penny if it gets the job done.

For chatter if you're using HSM toolpaths full depth and shallow step over try using a bigger 8mm or 10mm tool. 6mm drill should be absolutely fine, I have absolutely zero problems doing a 6.

Yea it was a sound investment.

While it sounded like there was chatter, I could not feel anything in the part. Though I did do a contour finishing pass which would have hidden it I guess.

As for HSM, idk if that is what I am doing or not. Not sure what classes HSM. Currently I am taking a DOC that is 50% the width of the tool with a 45% step over.


The only problem I am having ATM is doing a chamfer. For some reason it is quite uneven around the part.
Looks like the part when clamped is lifting a hair but even so, it is low on that corner.
Can only guess that it is not being perfectly probed or the vice is out by a hair?

Snapper
09-02-2018, 11:13 PM
Yea it was a sound investment.

While it sounded like there was chatter, I could not feel anything in the part. Though I did do a contour finishing pass which would have hidden it I guess.

As for HSM, idk if that is what I am doing or not. Not sure what classes HSM. Currently I am taking a DOC that is 50% the width of the tool with a 45% step over.


The only problem I am having ATM is doing a chamfer. For some reason it is quite uneven around the part.
Looks like the part when clamped is lifting a hair but even so, it is low on that corner.
Can only guess that it is not being perfectly probed or the vice is out by a hair?

If you're using fusion, use the adaptive tool path for clearing metal out. I've cut down to 13mm Doc with my OMIO, between 0.3/0.4mm step over. You can go wider if you're cutting shallower. Better for tool life too as you're using more of the tool than just constantly using the tip.

Skim off the top of the part so it's all perpendicular to your gantry and spindle then your chamfers should be even. A light rub with sandpaper and a quick splash with polish to remove the tool marks and it will look much better than the grainy texture on the top of the extrusion as well.

JOGARA
09-02-2018, 11:32 PM
If you're using fusion, use the adaptive tool path for clearing metal out. I've cut down to 13mm Doc with my OMIO, between 0.3/0.4mm step over. You can go wider if you're cutting shallower. Better for tool life too as you're using more of the tool than just constantly using the tip.

Skim off the top of the part so it's all perpendicular to your gantry and spindle then your chamfers should be even. A light rub with sandpaper and a quick splash with polish to remove the tool marks and it will look much better than the grainy texture on the top of the extrusion as well.

I'll give that a go tomorrow.
I am cutting 15mm deep so try 7.5mm at around .5-.6mm step over?

Snapper
09-02-2018, 11:47 PM
I'll give that a go tomorrow.
I am cutting 15mm deep so try 7.5mm at around .5-.6mm step over?

Should be fine with that. Just play a bit and see what works. One tip, try and square your spindle to the vice, don't spend hours getting it as precise as humanly possible, just 2 minutes with a dual gauge to get it there or there abouts as it will shift out of alignment anyway within about 30 seconds. I do it before every job I want to look half decent. But if you've been jogging into things it's likely to have got knocked well off and that's an invitation for bad chatter.

Also make sure your spindle, collets and nut are squeaky clean for your finishing tools, and if your collet is old and been bashed about, get a new one. They're only tuppence on eBay.

JOGARA
10-02-2018, 03:58 PM
8mm DOC, 0.5mm max stepover.
Cut fine, no noise, looks like I can go deeper.
Going to attempt 1mm. Can always pull it back.

This is much better than the 1hour+ than before. Down to 15mins now :)

The spindle is out but only by a hair. I can feel on the contour pass a slight line going around 2 sides of the part.
I have lowered the contour pass to take 4 depths instead of 2, this fixed that problem last time.


https://s10.postimg.org/ao4cv7eqh/IMG_20180210_153439790_HDR.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/d5g42gymt/)

https://s10.postimg.org/5cpgai0dl/IMG_20180210_153500237_HDR.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/h1tfygrc5/)

https://s10.postimg.org/ouk3qgkgp/IMG_20180210_153514144_HDR.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/ekhor7ul1/)



I am also getting this again on the contor. I have a 10mm finishing overlap. But I used default lead-in. I have upped that to 2mm. Hopefully that stops that.

https://s10.postimg.org/mfs86az5l/IMG_20180210_160207529_HDR.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/4pqjl9lkl/)

And yes, I forgot to go -0.1mm on the contor pass so there is a bur going around the bottom of the part. The roughing pass went -0.2mm, so I normally set -0.1mm for the finishing endmill.

Snapper
10-02-2018, 04:49 PM
Are you using tooling plate to cut your parts from? That must be costing you a bloody fortune!

Chaz
10-02-2018, 04:51 PM
Are you using tooling plate to cut your parts from? That must be costing you a bloody fortune!

Its not much more than standard Alu. The fact that its reasonably flat has many benefits.

JOGARA
10-02-2018, 04:56 PM
Its not much more than standard Alu. The fact that its reasonably flat has many benefits.

This /\


Wanted to reduce my machining time so was faster to have the top and bottom already finished.
That being said, sometimes one side does have marks on it that won't work for a finsihed product.
Most of the time it is only on one side so I mill into that side while leaving the pretty face the to outer face that I see.

What I might be moving towards is bar stock so I can grab it in my vice and not have to glue my stock to a large plate.
Though I like maching the top and bottom at the same time as there are 4-5 tool changes.

If I have ATC then that would not be a problem...

Snapper
10-02-2018, 05:13 PM
Its not much more than standard Alu. The fact that its reasonably flat has many benefits.

Maybe for little odd jobs but for production? At a guess it's about 50% dearer than just buying a bar isn't it?

JOGARA
10-02-2018, 05:16 PM
Maybe for little odd jobs but for production? At a guess it's about 50% dearer than just buying a bar isn't it?

Going off AW, 5083 bar worked out more expensive than Plate.
Both cut to size.

This is AW though...

JAZZCNC
10-02-2018, 06:43 PM
Maybe for little odd jobs but for production? At a guess it's about 50% dearer than just buying a bar isn't it?

Nowhere near 50% more like 10% if that and the savings in machine time can easily justify that. I rarely buy bar stock anymore

JOGARA
11-02-2018, 04:01 PM
Keep getting this strange behaviour from the machine.

Just keeps stuttering, even when just going along a straight path on 1 axis it will judder a lot.
Does it every so often and most of the time I have to turn it off and on again.

Any ideas?

JOGARA
13-02-2018, 05:36 PM
Keep getting this strange behaviour from the machine.

Just keeps stuttering, even when just going along a straight path on 1 axis it will judder a lot.
Does it every so often and most of the time I have to turn it off and on again.

Any ideas?

https://photos.app.goo.gl/uAcR70B7vQtYLvs22

m_c
13-02-2018, 11:30 PM
Sounds like chatter to me..

spluppit
14-02-2018, 12:23 AM
Correct it is resonance. Either lower your rpm or up your feedrate.....a lot. This is where having a machine with no rigidity and physical weight plays a big part and restricts what you can do, there is only so far you can push a machine like that.

JOGARA
14-02-2018, 11:42 AM
Just noticed my RPM was 12k not 6k xD

JOGARA
14-02-2018, 02:41 PM
Not sure what I am doing wrong here.
It worked before but for some reason is not now...

I am cutting out some holes for some components in the rear of my case.
I am using a 4mm roughing bit to do this (the rough edges help in this case).

I have my part upright in the vice and around 10-15mm clearance luckily.

Here is what it is showing in F360.
https://s10.postimg.org/m3zacyebt/Capture.png (https://postimg.org/image/i7lygytc5/)

Here is the Gcode;



(T5 D=4. CR=0. - ZMIN=-3.5 - FLAT END MILL)
G90 G94 G91.1 G40 G49 G17
G21
G28 G91 Z0.
G90

(POCKET1)
M5
M9
T5 M6
S6000 M3
G54
M7
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G43 Z15. H2
Z5.
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Y7.907
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(POCKET1 2)
M7
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Z15.
Z5.
G1 Z4.6 F100.
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G0 Z15.

M9
G28 G91 Z0.
G28 X0. Y0.
M30



For some reason. It plunges into the part and then starts the helix.
The tool Z height is set to the top of the part, and Mach3 confirms this. But Mach3 plunges the bit into the part.

Any ideas?

Clive S
14-02-2018, 04:06 PM
(T5 D=4. CR=0. - ZMIN=-3.5 - FLAT END MILL)
G90 G94 G91.1 G40 G49 G17
G21
G28 G91 Z0.
G90

(POCKET1)
M5
M9
T5 M6
S6000 M3
G54
M7
G0 X22.399 Y9.291
G43 Z15. H2
Z5.
G1 Z4.6 F100.
G3 X22.398 Y9.272 Z4.479 I1.9 J-0.031 F150.

Sticking my neck out a bit here.
Seems strange that you have a Z5 then a Z4.6 (I would expect this to be -ve value) I see you have tool length comp on with the G43 Z15. H2 is this correct in your tool table

JOGARA
15-02-2018, 12:53 PM
Sticking my neck out a bit here.
Seems strange that you have a Z5 then a Z4.6 (I would expect this to be -ve value) I see you have tool length comp on with the G43 Z15. H2 is this correct in your tool table


errrrr You have lost me I am afraid... xD





Also getting this line down one side of my part. Pretty deep and you can see that reflect in the chamfer on top of the part.
You might think that it is because the contour starts or stops here, but it doesn't...
Any ideas?

https://s10.postimg.org/lckidelu1/IMG_20180215_124500223.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/jkrjii2h1/)
https://s10.postimg.org/4ot0atjbt/Capture.png (https://postimages.org/)

JOGARA
15-02-2018, 02:17 PM
Great. Now I am getting "Is the Xpod inserted OK?" all the time. Can't continue the job as it lost Y position....

JOGARA
19-02-2018, 02:43 PM
Wont even drill now without producing that error :(

JOGARA
20-02-2018, 04:28 PM
I am also trying to work out how to add outputs to this USB controller card.

Are the outputs the same, as in pin 1 is OUT1 on the card?
Is it pull high or low too?

JOGARA
25-02-2018, 03:45 PM
Not sure what is going on but it keep losing X machine cords.

My operation has tool changes, I change the tool and set it off the work piece.
I hit run and it slowly goes back to where it stopped the contour or chamfer and then it fucks off somewhere, sometimes crashing the machine...

Snapper
26-02-2018, 06:51 PM
No idea about electrics, not my thing.

But tool changes. Share a bit of your g-code where it happens.

JOGARA
26-02-2018, 07:28 PM
Got in contact with Mach and they suggest that it is me moving the axis while it is waiting to start the next operation.
No idea why it would move the machine cords but Reddit also agrees that Mach3 does not like to move mid Gcode...

Switched back to splitting my code into multiple files for each tool. Worked fine. Doesn't add time, does increase the possibility of me picking the wrong file though xD

Neale
26-02-2018, 08:00 PM
Not sure if it's the same problem, but something like this happens with the CSMIO motion controllers when you do a tool-change invoiving a touch-off operation - it just gets confused. Fortunately, the answer in that case is to "upgrade" to a slightly earlier version of Mach3. I'm now running .028 (from memory) and that works absolutely fine. M6 tool-changes with touch-off tool setting aren't a problem.

Not sure if you are seeing the same or closely-related problem, but might be worth looking at. Life is easier if you don't have to switch files!

JOGARA
10-03-2018, 07:58 PM
Busy week.
Would have been quicker if it wasn't so cold...
Another 2 operations to do in each side and then tumbling and anodising.

https://s10.postimg.org/n82fdp5i1/IMG_20180223_114830681.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/xuw8j4dn9/)
https://s10.postimg.org/c8h821pcp/IMG_20180310_171347953_HDR.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/ubaat9l79/)

spluppit
11-03-2018, 04:51 PM
Because it's not part of the program. It's a little bit like you going for a walk in dense forest, you know where you are because you have a map, but then someone blind folds you and dumps you in a different position with no reference where you have come from.... you are then lost.

Some controllers will let you move out of position and others wont, it's highly controller dependent.

The normal thing to do is program a tool change position.

Example

Z 50.
X-100. Y100. (or were you want to tool to go for a safe tool change position)
Then a program suspend or stop.

Change tool... resume program.

But as we don't know what you procedure is, its hard to know exactly what you are doing.

Again it's not working as you think it should, but the controller is not the problem in this case.

spluppit
11-03-2018, 04:54 PM
I have no idea why you are tumbling parts like this. It's very non standard practice for machined parts of this nature.

JAZZCNC
11-03-2018, 05:37 PM
Again it's not working as you think it should, but the controller is not the problem in this case.

Not necessarily.? Mach3 by default will let you Jog away between tool changes then when cycle start then go to next operation.
However, when using external controller some functions are taken away from M3 and handled by the controller and I'm pretty sure Jogging is one of them.
So if the controller doesn't handle this correctly when it hands control back to mach3 things can get screwed up.
This why Neale was seeing an issue when probing with Cslabs controller. In Cslabs case it's actually certain versions of Mach3 which changed how they worked at fault not the controller. Works fine with some not with others.

I think this could be the case here. I don't know which controller your using but might be worth trying few different versions of Mach3. I find older versions to be more stable, like neale I use 0.28.

spluppit
11-03-2018, 05:45 PM
I nearly put in that i have zero experience of Mach of any kind. I was just drawing from my general experience of commercial controllers and especially ones with manual tool change like knee mills as an example. Some do accommodate out of position moves some don't. Mach will only be based on commercial controllers features. Looking at Jogaras reply from the mach forums it seems this was the case from what he said.

spluppit
11-03-2018, 05:50 PM
I guess what I'm saying is, why not program a simple G00 move to combat having to move out of position for a tool change manually. The controller will know where it is all the then. No reason for any errors if you do that. As you know Jazz, its a very simple and standard thing to do when required.

Neale
11-03-2018, 06:22 PM
I nearly put in that i have zero experience of Mach of any kind. I was just drawing from my general experience of commercial controllers and especially ones with manual tool change like knee mills as an example. Some do accommodate out of position moves some don't. Mach will only be based on commercial controllers features. Looking at Jogaras reply from the mach forums it seems this was the case from what he said.

Whether or not Mach3, or its predecessor which then became LinuxCNC via a different development path, is based on commercial systems isn't really the issue - it supports the M6 toolchange command, and allows the user to add in a couple of macros that are called automatically before and after the toolchange itself. When it's working, it also allows things like tool-height setting using a touchplate during the toolchange, which is really useful on amateur-class machines which do not have preset calibrated toolholders and the like. It supports that way of working as well, but is a bit more flexible. However, as mentioned, when you are using an external motion controller, it can get confused if the motion controller does things Mach3 doesn't know about. I would certainly suggest trying an earlier version and general reports agree that .028 is a good bet.

JAZZCNC
11-03-2018, 08:36 PM
I nearly put in that i have zero experience of Mach of any kind. I was just drawing from my general experience of commercial controllers and especially ones with manual tool change like knee mills as an example. Some do accommodate out of position moves some don't. Mach will only be based on commercial controllers features. Looking at Jogaras reply from the mach forums it seems this was the case from what he said.

Actually Mach3 isn't based on commercial controllers which is exactly why it became so popular because it did it's own thing without any of the restrictions commercial controllers imposed. However this eventually became it's downfall and why it as so many strange and wonderful habbits today.
As people requested more and more features for more and more oddball setups then because Art fennerty was such an obliging bloke it became a monster.
Each version that got released to take account of someone's request would break something for someone else. On top of this Art wasn't actually a programmer by trade just a genius who decided to have go because couldn't find a controller that did what he wanted. This meant the code was lets say less than easy to fathom for developers.
This is why so many external motion controllers fail because they don't have artsofts support and the code is mine field which tried to be All things to All machines and in lots ways won but in others failed badly.

All this said the fact remains that Mach3 DOES allow jogging in tool changes so it should work. If it doesn't then it's most likely down to the controllers plug-in.
Yes there are always work arounds but shouldn't have to in this case if the controller plug-in was working correctly.

JOGARA
28-03-2018, 03:51 PM
Not sure where I am going wrong here.

Putting my 2 parts together and finding that one looks like it is a rhombus though it is meant to be oblong.
The long sides are parallel and flat to the touch. But on both ends, the opposite corners are not parallel.

https://s9.postimg.org/busq3t5nz/IMG_20180328_154814983_HDR.jpg

jamesgates1000
28-03-2018, 04:04 PM
Looks like one of your axes isn't square

JOGARA
28-03-2018, 04:11 PM
Great.

Well I am fucking done with this shit now tbh
I have wasted a good 6 months fucking around with it and problem after problem and now 150 in stock wasted.

IDK why this has come up now. It was fine before.

JOGARA
29-03-2018, 02:08 PM
Just looking at some parts made prior to moving workshop and they are showing a slight wonk to one side on the same axis.
Minute compared to this 0.3-0.5mm we are now seeing.

Any ideas on how to fix the machine?

Close to calling it quits on this and going a different route. Though I would have to sell everything to afford said different route.
Anyone want to buy this machine?

JAZZCNC
29-03-2018, 02:33 PM
Close to calling it quits on this and going a different route. Though I would have to sell everything to afford said different route.
Anyone want to buy this machine?

Sorry but what did you expect.? It's cheap chinese Router which was never designed to cut hard materials to any degree of precision.! Your expecting too much from it.

magicniner
29-03-2018, 05:16 PM
Any ideas on how to fix the machine?

1. Identify the axis which is out of alignment
2. Identify what should put it/keep it in alignment
3. Post photos and ask for suggestions

It sounds like you've knocked it out of alignment by hammering it beyond it's capability, you may be able to hammer it back.


Anyone want to buy this machine?

It's a great idea to fix it, it's probably something that way, when asked what broken machinery is worth I always quote the Rag and Bone Man's opening gambit to children - Tuppence and a Balloon :D (I'd actually give about 50 as I could use some of the parts for a 3D printer build I'm on with ;-) )

m_c
29-03-2018, 11:59 PM
There is always the bodge option.
Machine the parts so that the out of squareness matches up.

JOGARA
30-03-2018, 12:40 AM
There is always the bodge option.
Machine the parts so that the out of squareness matches up.

Been thinking about doing that. Does not impact the internals of the case as we built in tolerance to the PCBs.

Snapper
30-03-2018, 10:14 AM
As you know I have the same machine. I have wasted too many hours hammering the gantry back and forth, shimming it, squaring the spindle etc.

When alls said and done you have to realise this is a very entry point hobby machine that we are pushing to its limits cutting aluminium. Being made out of pieces of extruded aluminium bolted together, it moves. It moves with different atmospheric conditions, it moves under load/vibration from cutting aluminium.

In my case my gantry was skewed radially and actually by about 2mm and 1mm respectively IIRC. I've had mine in pieces more times than I care to count trying to make it as good as I can, opening up holes, retapping threads, shimming it. It never stays square for long. In the end I've given up trying to keep everything square as it's a waste of time unless you have an hour to kill every time you set the machine up, and just accept that it is what it is and it makes what it makes.

In your case you can solve the problem of your parts not matching by cutting one side the other way round, then the rhombus will match that of the other half, currently you have them opposing each other. Or you could cut them oversize initially then bolt them together and finish. The ones you've already made could be saved this way.

And in regards to the conversation about controllers, unless OMIO changed controller between my purchase and his it does allow for jogging the spindle anywhere between tool changes, I've never had a problem.

magicniner
30-03-2018, 11:12 AM
If you got the machine squared up you could put less load on it with a single flute cutter and a ramped profile cut where the cut depth is considerably less but the feed speed is higher.

Zeeflyboy
03-04-2018, 12:47 AM
To fix the squareness the easiest way I found was to drill two holes for precision dowels in the Y-axis, then using a precision edge run a dial indicator along the X-axis with the precision edge clamped against the dowels. I then loosen bolts on the gantry and gently tap it in the direction required before re-tightening the bolts and re-checking. Repeat a few times and you will get it fairly close to square (although you will come to realise that your gantry is probably not flat, but bowed slightly leading to it being impossible to square out completely - I just tweak until the dial indicator reads the same at 1/4 and 3/4 travel).

I ended up just having it as square as I could get it over the centre of the bed where I do most of my work, the squareness varies a little as you move around the bed due to the lack of straightness inherent in extrusions. I found it generally holds the square ok-ish after messing with it, but if you move it then you'll have to re-do.

Ultimately I do think its good for the money as an entry point, but for really precise work you have to work within the limitations of the machine and spend a lot of time tweaking. The best option in terms of value for money is to take what you've learned from the machine (plus all your tooling and associated equipment) and use it when designing/following a design on here for building your own machine. The conclusion I came to is that while I've managed to make some really good stuff on it, it simply isn't worth fixing up or modding extensively as you end up chasing your own tail.

That said I have managed to make some pretty precise parts with it, and it is still leagues ahead of the unsupported rail type 6040 machines.

Boyan Silyavski
09-04-2018, 04:50 AM
The road to go with this is very simple- buy a CNC mini mill. Fit a DDCSV controller and you will never have any problems. I have had 0 problems from the time i stopped using Mach3 for anything at all.

You could start changing the controller anyway. And as they told you- using single flute mills. And reinforce all as much as possible as cheap as possible.