Thread: Tidied my mill up
See before and after pic :D
I'm adding a new cpu to get absolute positioning from cheap Chinese digital scales rather than relying on the lead screws. A second opinion as to the tool location, one that can see backlash and compensate for it, I have about .003" in X and Y.
The wiring was a mess and about to become a disaster so I moved all the electronics on to the back of the cabinet door. Tidy with easy access. Still need a fancy fixing for that conduit on the X axis motor, luckily the machine still works so no probs.
Changed to solid state relays for the motor and suds pump so I'm switching 15 volts DC rather than 240 AC. Well, that was the plan, but then I realised I often want to be able to kill the steppers without having to turn on the PC so I stuck in a switch to off the 40V PSU. Back to switching mains, whaddya do?
Next is handing control to the new cpu so it works on the USB rather than the printer port, then I can start fitting the scales.
Can you explain 'cheap Chinese scales' further and how you plan to use them... I assume in place of encoders on the leadscrews? I was thinking on the lines of hacking apart a couple of cheap 200mm digital vernier units - that would give 0.01mm resolution (.0004thou), were you thinking along the same lines? If so, have you opened up one yet to see whats inside?
It's 2x24 bit two's compliment, here's a link...
Incidentally have you seen http://www.mysmart-tools.com/. Seems like a work in progress, but interesting nonetheless...
I shopped around then bought my scales from Allendale
I made the mistake of buying a vertical mount scale for the Z axis, found you can't turn the display on without resetting the whole thing, I thought this might turn out to be a pain when testing so I dumped it.
Allendale also do pretty anodized aluminium covers for scales. Means you can't see the display but does make them drip proof. The end mounts for the scales are a bit naff in pressed steel, so I remade them in aluminium.
OTOH they do work...
Did you make that without cnc? That was my problem, needed cnc to make cnc.
I currently have both axial bearings at the handle end, want to change that to one either end so I can stretch the screw with cup spring washers.
Haven't figured out how to do that on the Y axis yet, I think it will have to include it's own braces all inserted through a much enlarged hole where the spindle enters.
How did you do the Z? I replaced the depth stop with a screw. I insert a fat bolt when I want to fix the quill to it. I nearly demolished it once, locked the spindle but forgot to remove the fat bolt before applying a sledgehammer to the drawbar. Luckily the screw was up to it. Jap screw :D
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