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  1. #41
    Brilliant thanks.


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  2. #42
    I'm struggling with setting z...
    Follow your setting up tooling.

    Head selected...(drops down)

    Then Execute m/c Attr... tool Length...
    I set this to 110 (top of material) as in pic then F1 to digitise...

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  3. #43
    SORTED IT OUT!!....

    Now to figure out why my gcode is missing the head down and spindle speed and head up stop??

    START
    '(SQUAREALANDECPOST)
    '(COMPONENT DATUM POSITION X = 0)
    '(COMPONENT DATUM POSITION Y = 0)
    N1 G71
    N2 M51 H1S-
    N3 M52D-
    N4 M51 H2S-
    N5 M5
    N6 M51 H3S-
    N7 M5
    N8 M51 H4S-
    N9 M53D-
    '(OP 1 FINISH PASS TOOL 22 BALL END - 5MM)
    '(EFFECTIVE DIAMETER 4.899)
    N10 M06 T22
    N11 G0 Z50
    N12
    N13 G0 Z50
    N14 S100
    N15 G0 X260.7 Y580.9
    N16 G0 Z25
    N17 G1 X260.7 Y580.9 Z-2 FX24
    N18 G1 X434.91 Y580.9 FX48
    N19 G1 X434.91 Y819.25
    N20 G1 X260.7 Y819.25
    N21 G1 X260.7 Y580.9
    N22 G0 Z50
    N23
    N24
    N25 M2

    Obviously a mistake i'm making in ALPHACAM prior to sending to NC.....

    Vectric Aspire looks so much easier to use!!!

    If only there was a post processor for my machine!!!

  4. #44
    First cut!!
    I messed up my measurements on the actual size of material being cut..but it did what I asked...

    Massive thanks....

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  5. #45
    After much head scratching I have come to the conclusion (for me anyway) that to use this machine going forward it makes sense to 'upgrade' the controller.

    Being a CNC and CAM virgin, this is based on the following:-

    1) New controller = support... especially fault finding and a MANUAL!!! (There is nothing available that I have found for this controller - OMICRON 3000)

    2) Currently the only software with a post processor for this machine (that I am aware of) is ALPHACAM....to upgrade to the current software is cost prohibitive and probably does far more than I will ever need in terms of batch production etc.

    3) If I am going to invest a great deal of time in learning new CAD and CAM software I think it should be as recent as possible and I like the look of the Vectric software.

    Many thanks to Routerdriver and Finski84 for their help.

    I will now start a new thread relating to the control side of things.

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  7. #46
    We have all done that
    ..Clive
    The more you know, The better you know, How little you know

  8. To be honest I've had to refrain my self from saying RIP IT OUT so I'm pleased to see you have seen the light for your self.

    A retrofit will transform the machine into a different beast but be under no illusions it won't be a simple swap over and you will have to write some Macro routines for it to operate with all the features it currently as. You won't find a Plug n play controller.!
    -use common sense, if you lack it, there is no software to help that.

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  10. #48
    Quote Originally Posted by JAZZCNC View Post
    To be honest I've had to refrain my self from saying RIP IT OUT so I'm pleased to see you have seen the light for your self.

    A retrofit will transform the machine into a different beast but be under no illusions it won't be a simple swap over and you will have to write some Macro routines for it to operate with all the features it currently as. You won't find a Plug n play controller.!
    I wish you had said!!!

    Just so I can get my head around this a little more...Are we talking major surgery and replacement of other parts (it does appear to all be working) or will it be 'just' the controller?

  11. Quote Originally Posted by BEACHBLANKET View Post
    I wish you had said!!!

    Just so I can get my head around this a little more...Are we talking major surgery and replacement of other parts (it does appear to all be working) or will it be 'just' the controller?
    Can't honestly say without seeing more of what's under the covers. Depends on the motors and drives mostly. Could be anything from Steppers to AC servos.
    They will most likely be DC servos or if your lucky AC servos but what type of signals the drives expect is what could make the difference. If they accept Step & Dir then your laughing but I'd be very surprised if a machine this old used Digital signals and I'd expect they will use +/-10v Analog signals which complicates thing slightly and limits your choice of controllers, it also bumps the costs up.!

    Start your Thread, pull the covers off so we can see exactly what electronics and motors are on it.
    -use common sense, if you lack it, there is no software to help that.

  12. #50
    Ok great I'll post some pics up...

    Is this the best place to start the thread? - Home/ELECTRONICS/Control Hardware & Systems

    Another thought I had was getting a post processor written for ASPIRE and my controller (quoted approx. 350)

    Any thoughts on that route?

    Thanks again.

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