Thread: Emco Mentor Mill conversion
13-04-2013 #51put it this way once the machine is up and running you can make the bits you need to covert the head later if need be.
Not sure what your box is like but most are very noisy which is another good reason to dump
Well done Ross, I thought you had a pretty good chance of running that motor on 240V, and am glad you stuck with it, but filing the gears to make it fit - WOW. Congratulations. G.
Just got the rest of the problems to work through now
To make them quieter you could make them out of phenolite (bakerlite looking stuff) or similar material, this is very quiet. I had a lathe gear made of the stuff on my old Southbend..Brilliant for sound....Going through all that hassle to sort the motor i would stick with that. Why waste money.If the nagging gets really bad......Get a bigger shed:naughty:
I think they are phenolite (browny redish colour). but I would have to remake the whole gear box as each meshing pair is made up of a metal and a plastic gear. Its mainly the gear I filed that is noisy but as that is in the chain for three of the speeds then its a bit of a problem.
I only wanted to get it working so the machine was complete if I decided to sell it in the future. I think belt drive will be much smoother as the notchy/cogging could be transferred to the tool tip and leave marks in the finish.
So now its time to sort out the ball screws. Or actually the fixing and motor drive arrangement.
I have decided on 5 mm pitch and hopefully a singly suported 2005 on the y axis and double supported 1605 on the x axis but I still cant decide whether to direct drive or use pulleys! probably a silly question but any serious for's and against's?
I have been looking over the build logs and remembered/found Robins old warco conversion, I really like his idea of retaining the manually control. but not sure if it is worth the extra work or if it would put undue strain on the end of the ballscrew.
The other way to do it is with a pendant or such like and manually control it electronically :0) again not sure which will be the most useful.
any advice or suggestions?
the advantage of 'manual' control with a pendant through Mach3 (or other control s/w) is you get accurate DRO capability. I wouldn't bother with adding hand-wheels; though there is no real danger of stressing the ball screws its a lot of effort with little benefit IMHO.
Thanks Irving, yeah I think I'm going back to that idea but just wanted to see what other peoples option were. I was also tempted to put encoders on the ball screws and have a permanent DRO / spindle speed on the machine.
The pendant is easier to implement but I still have in the back of my mind a comment someone said about the how nice it can be to to just grab the handles and machine or drill a few holes.
Looks like I will have to pester Robin on how often he uses the manual side of it :0)
Well another year has passed and this thing is still not up and running.....I now have all the ballscrews so time to sort the motors and mounts (grandfather clock massacre coming up )
I need some help with the steppers. I have read a few threads and it seems that a nema 23 or 24 will be fine for this size mill and for financial reasons I'm stuck with the m542-G drivers that I got from Zapp and using a 40V supply. Hopping to direct drive a 3N motor on a 1605 ballscrew.
First question is which is the best 3 or 4N steeper at the moment?
Ive seen this one from zapp
or this one from CNC 4U
Having bought from Gary before I was going to go the 3N one but if the 4N is just as good Id rather have the extra power.
Thanks in advance
Bit more progress. I have designed all the plates to convert the x and y axis to ball screws. looking to get these made up but before I put in a request for a quote what is the best grade aluminium to specify?
Also not sure if the motor mounts already exist so If any one knows where I can get them off the shelf then please let me know. google and ebay seem to throw up box section hacks.
my problem is a mystery to me, I have, to my knowledge, tried everything to get my running spindle motor. The spindle motor is a DC motor max. 180 volts, placed on the spindle motor is a Rotery encoder with the outputs A and B and Z (Z but I do not use). The breakout board (5-axes) is a Mach3 HG08, ordered (CNC4YOU) Axes X, Y, Z, A, work perfectly. The B input is used for the spindle motor. Inputs are: GND, Vcc, CK, CW, AND (AND not connected). The first 5 are connected to a DG2S-16035 Servo drive (with 8 inputs total) via a UTP cable. Input 1 (CK) 2 (CW) 3 (GND) 4 (NOT USED) 5/6 (VCC) 7 (external DC power) 8 (External DC gnd). Encoder input of the DG2S-16 035 is connected via a UTP cable to an encoder interface, and the encoder interface is reconnected to the Rotery Encoder on the spindle motor. summarized: I have all the wires, cables, checked for fractures, but all cables are good. The settings in Mach3 (see photos). I have to be sure all components exchanged with new components, ie, the DG2S-16 035, the External Braking Circult Connector, Encoder Interface, and even the Breakout board (HG08), the Rotery Encoder, on The spindle motor, the result was the same, no rotating spindle.
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