Thread: Denford VMC1300 - Rescued
I recently picked up a Denford VMC 1300 from my local scrap metal merchant.
Here it is on the way into my workshop.
I have no idea what condition it is in but I figure that it was (probably) sent to the scrap yard for a good reason.
My plan is to find a permanent place for it in my workshop then try and diagnose what does and doesn't still work. If its the electronics side of things I'll probably retrofit a LinuxCNC based solution.
However I have no idea how to figure out what is and what isn't re-usable so it will be a steep learning curve, any help/advice gratefully received....
I'll buy it off you ;)
4 Weeks Ago #5
With xmas out of the way I managed to get some time in the shed. After struggling to get the thing onto my workbench I removed the covers.
I was able to have a poke around and establish that it did actually have steppers and ballscrews (I was worried it had been gutted of useful parts).
The Z-axis stepper has a sticker that I hope will help me identify it.
As far as I can make out it looks like the part number is M60STH88-3008D and it was made by / supplied by Motion Control Products.
Poking around their website ( http://motioncontrolproducts.com/) I found a spec sheet for a M60STH88-3008DF I'm not sure of the significance of the F on the end.
I've also discovered that the contol cabinet is accessed from the back not the side as I originally thought. This means I need to move the thing again to get access.
Oh and I haven't been able to release the tool holder, does anyone know if I just need to pull on the lever harder or if there's a drawbar or somewhere I can tap to break the taper?
4 Weeks Ago #6
That datasheet should be good enough. The main thing is once you have the machine running, make sure the steppers aren't getting too hot.
Is that a brake assembly on the end of the stepper?
You'll want to check the other stepper motors, as X and Y are often fitted with smaller steppers than the Z.
Regarding the tool holder, if it's been in there for a while, there may be a bit corrosion helping to stick it. You might need to get somebody to push/pull the release lever, while somebody else gives the toolholder a hit downwards with a hammer and block of wood.Avoiding the rubbish customer service from AluminiumWarehouse since July '13.
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4 Weeks Ago #7
The F means a flat on the shaft.
I sold those motors to denford when i worked at MCP, many moons ago.Visit Us: www.zappautomation.com
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