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  1. #61
    Jon, your awesome.

    that's two birds with one stone right there.

    the piece of alu I bought for the gantry was too thin by a few MM, mounting it the other way means it can work.

  2. #62
    Jess
    Have you made your frame yet??

    I like the ruler

    20.00 is a good price did you just name your price or give him the twenty and run lol??

    well done where or who is going to cut your aluminium ??

    James

    My 6"x1/2" was 48.00 for 2 meters
    and 12x3/4 was 143.00 for 2 meters

  3. #63
    ha! well I haven't actually paid yet... so I named my price then ran!!

    The Alu is pretty much all to size, The only parts that need cutting are the two small bits that are the spindle holder.

    If i do need to cut some of the Alu, I can take it back to the metal shop and they will cut it for me for free.

    I don't have a frame yet, I'll be going back to the shop to get some alu for it or getting it from aluwharehouse.

    I might take some of the Alu into college with me today and drill it out on their Mill. just to make sure it's nice and accurate.

  4. #64
    So, After an Hour or two of wiring everything up, It comes to defcon one.

    I get my Old pc from the Man shed, install the windows drivers and Mach3.

    Clean my desk (move everything from my desk onto my bed)

    Hook up the power and then.......


    I go to plug in the Parallel cable and it's a Male instead of a Female connector!!

    I never thought to check what type of parallel cable I needed :sad:
    Last edited by jcb121; 17-09-2011 at 03:40 PM.

  5. #65
    Ouch. Yeah I've had the same problem with serial cables in the past. You can pick up genderbenders fairly cheaply but to be honest, might just be easier to buy a new cable.

  6. #66
    So, I've ordered a Gender bender for my cable so I should be able to test all the electronics.

    I've got some Micro switches from an arcade cabinet I made ages ago, so I'm going to try and make some limit switches also.

    my thought are, how am I going to make everything accurate enough by hand? I have recently bought a square ( something my college amazingly lacked) and I plan to mill the ends of me metal by hand so they are perfectly square,

    but are there any tips for getting everything bang on?

    The tools i have to get this together are a square, small drill press, auto punch and a rule so getting this thing together will be my biggest challenge.

  7. #67
    Pictures!
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    I've milled most of the big blocks of alu in college so the edges are straight.

    Just need to start mounting everything and it will soon be done :D

    The Mill in college is complete crap, there is a MM of backlash on the X axis! really screws up my work :(

    The Y is ok though.

    Some of I2I's masterclass machining above.
    Last edited by jcb121; 19-09-2011 at 08:00 PM.

  8. #68
    Looks like a good start :)

    Quote Originally Posted by jcb121 View Post
    The Mill in college is complete crap, there is a MM of backlash on the X axis! really screws up my work :(
    1mm of backlash is mildly annoying, but it really doesn't affect the results when using manual milling machine. Unless of course you're not compensating for it / locking the slides if necessary?

  9. Looking good.

    Quote Originally Posted by jcb121 View Post
    Pictures!
    The Mill in college is complete crap, there is a MM of backlash on the X axis! really screws up my work :(
    Only a poor workman blames their tools ;-)
    Every one of my manual machines has play, it's just a case of learning how to deal with it!

  10. #70
    you can lock the slides? D:

    annoying when you are on your 3rd attempt of work and the line you are doing suddenly turns into a nobly line.

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