1. #1
    Hi All.
    My name is Pete, I have a small furniture making and joinery business in Gloucestershire, UK, and use CNC routing to assist with some of the design and make aspects of my work. It has proved to be a slow development of skills with this, but useful and enjoyable tooling to have.
    New to the Forum as am in need of some advice regarding my machine and current technical difficulties being faced with, hence reaching out to MYCNCUK.

    Anyone UK based owning and using a Marchant Dice machine running Mach3 on a Windows XP OS, parallel port PC?
    If so I would love to hear how you are getting on and hear some advice as I am some what stuck at the moment with mine.
    (Minor crash the other day which has consequently had the Kress spindle decide not to run.) Cannot raise contact with Marchant Dice at all!!!
    I have tried the spare spindle I have here to no avail. (Both spindles are functioning correctly when plugged into the mains directly.) All other obvious aspects of the machine, the PC, Mach3 etc seem to be in order.

    It appears that somehow the ON / OFF instructions from the controller are not there anymore. Lends me to think that there is a switch which has tripped or fuse blown as a result of the crash. There are no obvious 'in line' fuses externally with the Kress or its cable back to the controller.
    My next step will be to disassemble the controller to inspect the insides, hoping to find a blown fuse!
    Can anyone shed any light on this and assist?

    Can anyone recommend the fix. I would greatly appreciate some advice.

    Kind Regards Pete.
    Gloucestershire, UK.

  2. #2
    There isn't a "Known Fix" until more info is forthcoming.
    You are heading in the right direction, taking the controller lid off and checking for blown fuses, blown circuit board tracks, burnt out power control semi conductors etc. will most likely be key in identifying your fix.
    You think that's too expensive? You're not a Model Engineer are you? :D

  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by PeterPeter123 View Post
    Anyone UK based owning and using a Marchant Dice machine running Mach3 on a Windows XP OS, parallel port PC?
    I am not at all surprised you cannot get in touch with Marchant Dice - that name died of shame and they call themselves something else now.

    Please open up your control box and post a photo or two. If there isn't a fuse in the relay circuit - I wouldn't be at all surprised. If there is, then it has probably blown, otherwise the relay on the BoB may have fused contacts.

    I used to have a controller built from the expensive (but poor quality) kit supplied by MD, but it has been completely replaced.
    Albert Einstein may have been a genius, but his brother Frank, was a monster

    Having just moved to Windows 10 (which is crap) My stress levels are through the roof !!!

  4. #4
    Quote Originally Posted by cropwell View Post
    I am not at all surprised you cannot get in touch with Marchant Dice - that name died of shame and they call themselves something else now.
    Search on their address - Unit 6, Devon Units, Hatchmoor Ind Est, Torrington, EX38 7HP

    And up pops Bionica Systems, appears to be all the same shit with a different name.
    You think that's too expensive? You're not a Model Engineer are you? :D

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by magicniner View Post
    Bionica Systems, appears to be all the same shit with a different name.
    Them's the buggers. I have tried to forget MD and move on with my life. Anger only consumes the angry.
    Albert Einstein may have been a genius, but his brother Frank, was a monster

    Having just moved to Windows 10 (which is crap) My stress levels are through the roof !!!

  6. #6
    Cropwell and Magicniner.
    Many thanks for taking the time to respond to my reach for help. I will post photos of the insides of the controller. I hope to find a blown fuse. I suspect that would be too easy tho!!!! (Identifying fused circuits on the BoB relay may be interesting!!!)
    Many thanks for the steer to Bionica. That looks like they there buggars!!

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