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  1. #51
    I'm ordering a cheap mouse and a Serial cable today.

    what sort of cables do I need for hooking up the breakout board, PSU and Drivers etc?

  2. #52
    Quote Originally Posted by jcb121 View Post
    I'm ordering a cheap mouse and a Serial cable today.
    Mice are handy, but what's the serial cable for? Did you mean parallel?

    Quote Originally Posted by jcb121 View Post
    what sort of cables do I need for hooking up the breakout board, PSU and Drivers etc?
    For the PSU to driver you'll want something that'll conduct the required current without a big voltage drop. Probably 1.5mm^2. Some people use shielded...I don't think it's required in most cases.
    For the breakout board to drivers standard 7/0.2 wire is fine (or anything you have lying around) as it's only a signal.
    Drivers to steppers generally CY 4-core (which is shielded), 1.5mm^2. You need minimum 1mm^2 from the VFD to spindle, so the same as you use for the steppers will be fine.

  3. #53
    maplins it is then.

    parallel, yes I did mean that!

    Thanks.

  4. #54
    Quote Originally Posted by jcb121 View Post
    maplins it is then.
    Noooooooooooooooo.... they charge silly money and probably wont have the cable for steppers anyway. eBay/Rapid electronics/Farnell is your friend. I've got plenty of 7/0.2 wire (all the colours) and possibly the rest depending on how much you need?

  5. #55
    Thanks John, I may just take you up on that!

    Shouldn't need too much. I was just thinking about testing my electronic bits as I'm not even sure they work! I hope they do....

    when putting them in the machine I'll order the cables.

  6. #56
    Jess
    How are you and how is that build going

    I know you've had your problems but thats no excuse for no input or even saying hello

    James

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  8. #57
    good timing on this post as I actually have an update!

    I went to FromStock today and picked up a fair bit of ALU for my machine. all cut to size.

    I'll get a pic of it when i find a camera.

    I have enough to make my spindle mounts, and my gantry, the only alu i need now is some 50x10 and 50x20 for the frame.

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    this is my fair bit of Alu, that's a 50cm ruler next to it and I got it for a stupid price.

    it would be unfair to tell you the price due to pure jealousy, but you can guess at it :)

    it's all 12mm thick also.

    I will be drilling some holes later, but I need an engineers square to be really accurate.

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  10. #59
    Quote Originally Posted by jcb121 View Post
    this is my fair bit of Alu, that's a 50cm ruler next to it and I got it for a stupid price.
    So if the ruler was a stupid price how much was the aluminium? Looks like about 31 worth to me...so I guess a stupid price would be 20.

    You seem to have laid it out with the Z-axis rails mounted to the Y-axis slide, not the other way round. Was that just for the photo? Putting the rails on the Z-axis so they move up and down and the bearing blocks are fixed is stronger.

  11. #60
    the ruler was 1.29, 20 is bang on.

    I'll give it ago with the rails the other way around, it's just I thought the extra weight would be a problem.

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