Thread: Ready Steady Eddy
Ed, looking very nice and professional. Nice work!
Regarding the Homing issues, have you configured the ESS plugin in Mach?
I haven't got as far as you yet, but I know there have been some compatability issues between certain versions of Mach and the ESS plugins.
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@Si, thanks for the link, I looked at this a while ago and subsequently forgot about it, I'll give it a read now and have a go tomorrow. To be honest I kind of ignore the Smoothstepper and just do everything from Mach3, maybe it's time I got a better grip on it.Spelling mistakes are not intentional, I only seem to see them some time after I've posted
Hopefully once I get my machine i'll be able to find a version of Mach and ESS plugin that play nicely together and also with your screenset.
Ed - If you find a solution then please post your settings and which versions of Mach/ESS you're using. It might save me from similar issues.
Eddy, that machine looks great, but I would not have expected less from you!!! G.
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From what I understand, 3.043.066 and .067 are very buggy, and it's best to use 3.043.057 or .062.
Yes, the SS homing issues have kept me from even considering a Smoothstepper.
Whenever I get my next router finished, I'll be going with a CSMIO/IP-S, unless I move away from Mach.
All being well it should be ready to do a test cut tomorrow, the bed isn't fitted yet but that won't stop it having a go. Edit: just thought, I might not have suitable cutters for anything detailed.
Got the temperature controller fitted, ideal for under £9, it brings the fans on at 25 degC at the moment, it was 21deg ambient in the shed today (logs were good burners) so they were on and off quite regular.
Second photo shows the remote sensor in the ventilation hood, it's held in place with a 'girder clip' for cables.
Also I moved the monitor/keyboard arm further up the wall so that it clears the highest part of the machine when moving, it looks a bit mental but Aldi had a nice little 2 step set of caravan steps just the right height for comfortable access, plus it's a bit of physical exercise.
Now to the homing problem.
This my setup;
* The X axis (the longest) has two stepper motors, X and A axis, each driving a ball screw.(A is a slave of X)
* I'm saying that the gantry is rigid enough so that I only need one homing switch on the X motor side.
* I'm also saying that if Mach does it's dance with the switches where it backs off slightly once activated, my gantry is stiff enough that the AM882's trip on stall at the slightest racking which is another reason I only want one homing switch on X.
* A ESS SmoothStepper is installed.
* Mach3 version 3.043.066
* SmoothStepper plugin version 10o1d1h
Edit: input 5 of the bob has stopped working for some reason, I was going to use this as input for a separate home switch on the A if I decided to go with two switches.
So I got all the setting as right as I could in Mach3 and the Smooth Stepper dialogues. The important one here was to tick the box called 'Home Slave With Master Axis'
Hit the ref Z button in Mach3, axis homed no problem
Hit the ref Y button in Mach3, axis homed no problem
Hit the ref X button in Mach3, axis tried to home but nearly wrecked the machine due to one side jumping severely.
I unbolted the ball nut bracket from the A axis side and tried again, the problem was the X motor was driving but the A motor remained stationary.
Uninstalled Mach and installed version 3.043.062, same SmoothStepper plugin, still no good, same results.
Installed SmoothStepper plugin version 10h2d1a, it worked !
Uninstalled Mach3 version 3.043.062, installed version 3.043.066, it worked !
I also tried other versions of the SmoothStepper plugin without success.
So the combination that works for me is Mach3 version 3.043.66 or version 3.043.62 and the SmoothStepper plugin version 10h2d1a.
It's interesting that if you read the Warp9 forum they talk about a version of the plugin that has a homing dialogue page that let's you specify homing parameters similar to the offsets in Mach3 but that version of the plugin failed to work for me. The version that works, 10h2d1a, does not have a homing dialogue page so everything is done from inside Mach3.
Last edited by EddyCurrent; 04-04-2014 at 08:06 AM.Spelling mistakes are not intentional, I only seem to see them some time after I've posted
I was forced to cut something today !
Small Aztec Calendar, http://www.mycncuk.com/forums/worksh...html#post53632
Using cutter shown which was best I currently had, machine bed consisting of one piece of 18mm plywood held with one clamp to frame, mdf workpiece held with double sided tape.
So rather crappy but it works
According to Mach3 it took 55.35 minutes to cut (if that's what you can call it)
Ambient in the shed was 21 degC and throughout the cutting the panel cooling fans kept things to 25 degC with ease. I have them set to come on at 27 degC and off at 25 degC
Last edited by EddyCurrent; 04-04-2014 at 02:30 PM.Spelling mistakes are not intentional, I only seem to see them some time after I've posted
It's nice when you cut one of those for the first time. Where did you get your dxf from I think I had trouble with mine getting the full size without doing a lot of editing. ..Clive
It's one Dean made smaller I think, it's not the great big version, it needs renaming to .ncc instead of the .cncSpelling mistakes are not intentional, I only seem to see them some time after I've posted
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