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windows20
10-08-2010, 07:14 PM
hi all
just hello from south wales.
just got 2 cnc routers from a school dirt cheap,they are conect routers.
now my plan is to change the control boards.
1 how easy is this going to be.
2 can a complete novice do this.
speak soon
andy

Tom
10-08-2010, 07:32 PM
Hello Andy,

Welcome to the forum...
In answer you your questions:
1) I don't know these routers, but almost anything's possible with the right approach. :)
2) Certainly a novice who's willing to do lots of research, learn quick, and ask a few questions.

Why not post some pics of the machines to get the thoughts flowing? :beer:

irving2008
10-08-2010, 07:41 PM
Hi Andyand welcome

Do you mean routers or mills? We love pics here...

We have several members who have converted Conect equipment, so you'll have plenty of hand-holding.... there's at least one such member in your neck of the woods too...

windows20
10-08-2010, 07:45 PM
hi all
couple of pics for you
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John S
10-08-2010, 08:02 PM
Done two of the ones in the second pic, never seen the first model though.

windows20
10-08-2010, 10:41 PM
hi all
ok first off thanks all for the welcome.

done some searching and found this,The kit of an M401 control card, 3x STEP1 cards and a set of connectors and crimps is available for 350 is that ok or can i do it cheaper.

andy

GeorgeD
10-08-2010, 10:52 PM
Wow,100 squid each. :eek:

That first pic contains a B&D router the very first model of B&D routers,noisy as hell.

irving2008
11-08-2010, 01:24 AM
Done two of the ones in the second pic, never seen the first model though.Can't imagine it would be that hard to do tho...

John S
11-08-2010, 01:33 AM
One point with the second one though.
After these were converted the owner wanted to use them for engraving on brass but due to the long travel on the Z and to be honest the skimpy build of the Y and Z axis the quality of the cut wasn't great.

They would have been fine for wood or foam in education and with a 12 " clearance in the Z I'm guessing they would have been more for foam or machinable plastic.

Just a heads up before you get too deep into them.

.

windows20
12-08-2010, 07:36 PM
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/4-Axis-CNC-Stepper-motor-Controller-Router-Mill-Mach-3-/220648515625?pt=UK_BOI_Building_Materials_Supplies _Carpentry_Woodwork_EThi all
could i just put this into 1 of my machines.
thanks
andy

irving2008
12-08-2010, 07:40 PM
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/4-Axis-CNC-Stepper-motor-Controller-Router-Mill-Mach-3-/220648515625?pt=UK_BOI_Building_Materials_Supplies _Carpentry_Woodwork_EThi all
could i just put this into 1 of my machines.
thanks
andy

In theory yes, subject to what motors you have fitted or plan to replace them with. I don't know who's kit is inside the MD box, but the specs look pretty OK... you could email Kevin to ask...

windows20
15-08-2010, 09:48 AM
hi all
john s any chance you could give me some details on how you converted the machine,
would be a great help.
thanks
andy

windows20
17-08-2010, 09:47 PM
hi all
any 1 local fancy a trip down to my place to give some advice on my routers.
picked the bigger 1 up yesterday,no router with it but did have a vacuum bed and
the sotware for the machine.will get some pics up tomorrow .
andy

irving2008
17-08-2010, 10:52 PM
I wish i could 'pop' over to Newport... could pick up the MIG welder waiting for me at another member :) sadly its a tad too far just to pop over...

windows20
23-08-2010, 09:35 PM
hi all
some more pics

for you brendon.28352836

andy

i2i
23-08-2010, 09:51 PM
I may have a router head available soon, from a denford microrouter, as i'm converting it into a pick and place machine.

windows20
25-08-2010, 11:14 AM
hi i2
can you let me know if you do.
thanks
andy

i2i
25-08-2010, 11:18 AM
as soon as i'm ready to do the conversion, i'll give you a shout.

windows20
28-08-2010, 08:08 PM
hi all
can i just conect this straight to my router.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/3-Axis-CNC-Stepper-motor-Controller-Router-Mach-3-/310242281549?pt=UK_BOI_Building_Materials_Supplies _Carpentry_Woodwork_ET

thanks
andy

irving2008
28-08-2010, 08:33 PM
Andy, thats the 3-axis version of the one you posted before... so same answer applies...

btw, you'd be better off posting such questions elsewhere in the forum (here (http://www.mycncuk.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?116-Drivers-amp-Controllers)for drivers)

i2i
28-08-2010, 09:15 PM
Andy, if you want i'll pop over and have a nose at the electrics to see what you need.

windows20
28-08-2010, 09:20 PM
hi all
i2 will take you up on that offer, will help me out big time as im rubbish at that side of things.
thanks
andy

i2i
29-08-2010, 08:30 PM
i'll pm you my contact details.

windows20
02-09-2010, 06:20 PM
hi all
just a thank you to i2i for the visit the other day,a very nice chap.
andy
ps
are you ready for me yet:naughty:

i2i
02-09-2010, 06:22 PM
hi all
just a thank you to i2i for the visit the other day,a very nice chap.
andy
ps
are you ready for me yet:naughty:

lol, should be ready soon.:lol: