Thread: boxford vmc 300 mach3 conversion
So after lots of long telephone conversations with lots of very helpful people on here,we have decided to go down the route of removing all the boxford electronics and replacing with nice new shiny stuff, the only thing we will be keeping is the spindle speed controller this were going to add in to mach 3 and be able to control with a pot,(would love to be able to monitor spindle speed) and have seen another thread on here of a vmc260 conversion I think the guy there did the same, any info on that would be great did you get it to work ?
here some pictures before the start
so pretty much a standard boxford vmc300 we have the original pc and software but wanted full 3d machine so all that must go
so after a call from a new friend on here rnr107 thanks buy the way for all your help yesterday,
we made a start removing all the old genuine electronics (up for sale buy the way pm me if you would like to buy anything)
we took a trip to pick up rnr107 and he did some testing and checking to see what was what,we made him a drink and came back to this
which was ok actually as its what we asked him to do but a little shocked at how quick he managed that lol
and within a few minuets had his cnc box wired in and it was up and working chuffed to bitts
cant wait now for the posty to bring a big box of bits (more pics to follow ) soon be making chips
Last edited by bigred5765; 01-05-2014 at 11:25 AM.
Hey...! :-) Now you've got plenty of space to put the new electronic in mate!
Give me a set of allen keys, a Philips screw driver and pair of cutters and I'll strip a full factory... ;-)
Do you still have the original PC and software or just the software
Did you sell all the old parts when converting Your boxford vmc300 ?
Just bought one of these(a 2002 model), and i might need some parts as i`m having problems running the X, Y and Z axis for some reason.
Don't bother with the original Boxford electronic.... Convert to Mach3 or LinuxCNC.
Electronic in there is too old mate. It could pot any time really...
Thx for reply rnr107, and beleive me i will but at a later stage i think.
I suspect everything to be in order except for an apparently dead Y axis IS5063 sensor(no light).
By manipulating the different sensors, it was no problem running all axis manually. Changing the IS5063 sensor should solve the problem i hope, and if not they are good sensors for a Mach3 system as well.
My plan was to make use of it while planning rebuilding it to Mach3. My main concern is to find a proper milling motor that could handle a bit more load, and a Controller that could handle the ATC installed.
I got an HBM BF25 mill that i have converted to Mach3, and i can use this one to make parts when converting the 300 VMC mill if needed.
Any suggestions as to types of Mach3 Breakout Boards to use for handling the original ATC ?
Any experience with the original stepper motors ?
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