Thread: The illusive Boxford 260vmc
Ok the first draft of the control panel is ready, its not to scale, its more of a concept rather than a tue representation, and i expect i will have more controls to add and possibly some taken away.
Hey i know why dont you use this as a template and show me your ideas, I may even nick 1 of them lol
Last edited by Ricardoco; 07-08-2010 at 08:18 PM. Reason: b'cos im stupid!!!
I've got this sneaky feeling Rick,that you like twiddling with knobs?
That is a nice panel design and If where to use it I'd take it to a CNC shop and get it etched out in an 2mm aluminium panel..
Bearing in mind I'd have to do the andodising process to get it black first.
Q1 Are these illuminated switches? If not, consider using illuminated ones inatead of LED repeaters, saves real estate and assembly effort and looks neater
Q2 How are these going to drive the mill when Mach3 is switched off?
Q3 As it stands I reckon you need 11 inputs to mach 3, you have 10 on 2 parallel ports...
Q4 Whats 'Feed' for?
Q5 If the small round circles are LEDs how will they be driven for the mains circuits e.g. computer and monitor power (and do you really need those anyway?)
I am as always open to suggestions from people who have experience using a mill both manualy and by CNC so if you see anything you think i have missed or messed up then pipe up because I will just as likely forget..
Having looked at the panel the only wsitches that will address MACH are 2*X, 2*Y, 2*Z, 2*A & E-Stop. that makes 9 I think lol
Last edited by Ricardoco; 07-08-2010 at 09:41 PM.
What board is that (& chip) ?
fleabay item number 250576566482
Ummm, OK, but hows that going to work - which axis does it apply to?
Home and/or limit switches
This is why I think this forum is tops...there is always too many trees...you cant see all the wood, its so helpfull to have someone who can look and see the obvios.
Ok to incorperate the extra inputs you have highlighted i will have to rework the axis control, maybe an axis selector button and a plus minus button..
Oh yes I know, I thought I was going nuts then irving...
Here is the secret weapon..the contour shuttle. driver exists for mach :)
On the shelf ready to be took to pieces :naughty::twisted:
Last edited by Ricardoco; 07-08-2010 at 11:03 PM.
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