Looking at both bought and home made, I wonder how accurate they are. For example you have a piece of aluminium, say 300mm square, it's even thickness all round, you mount it on the pod, then do an engraving cut at 0.2mm all over the surface, will it work ? Also keep in mind it's no good skimming the surface because then the stock will be of uneven thickness and in some cases this will matter.
One aspect is the gasket, with it being of flexible material it will 'give' due to Z downward pressure.
Last edited by EddyCurrent; 24-08-2014 at 07:36 AM.Spelling mistakes are not intentional, I only seem to see them some time after I've posted
Eddy, once sucked down there should be no further "give". The gasket compresses and just forms a seal. However I do not think that PODZ is the answer as I imagine that with profiled alphabet letters nos. etc. it would be very difficult to be able to cut right through without damaging the pod as the items are likely to be quite small. "Tagging" does work very well, and nib/tab/tag removal is very easy. Double sided tape does work ok, but if there are a lot of small components it means a lot of tape to apply and remove. G.
Tabs are good but again cleanup required so time.!!. . . . . It's a challenge but if was so easy everyone would be at it, which they are starting to be.!. . . Lol
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Mind you I really need to get practicing now I have the machine home.
Could do with some simple pointers and info on Zero points for work and axis etc.. I've forgotten more of what I learned 35 years ago than I thoughtIf you can't fix it with a hammer you've got an electrical problem !
Machine coordinates are the area of your work envolope. Machine Zero is defined by referencing the Machine to switches. This is known has the HOME position.
From this Home reference point you can acurately find any point or work coordinate on the table.
Work coordinates are Defined by selecting a point on your work material and setting ZERO point. This Zero point will be the Zero point you set in Cad and you'll use this as a refernce to where on the Work material you'll place it.
Now the work material can be anywhere within the Machine coordinate enverlope and the WORK ZERO is always known by it's distance from the MACHINE ZERO.
So if you cock up or snap a tool etc and lose position then you can always accurately get back to WORK ZERO or any position in the WORK coordinates by sending the machine to the HOME position so it references to the switches again and resets the MACHINE HOME position. From this reference point it can find any other point on the table.
Taking it a step further You can have WORK OFFSETS. Essentially OFFSETS are the same as breaking the table into smaller individual WORK areas each with it's own ZERO point.
Most people don't often realise it but they are working in an OFFSET, it's G54 which is default WORK OFFSET. They define this every time they ZERO for the part.
But you can have Many OFFSETS each with there own unique ZERO point within the MACHINE coordiante system. These are given OFFSET numbers starting at G54 then G55, 56, 57 etc and depending on the control system there can be upto 255.
You set these WORK OFFSETS up in the control system by specifying MACHINE coordinates for each OFFSET Number. Then when the control software comes across this OFFSET number in the G-code it knows where to go in relation to MACHINE coordinates to find WORK ZERO for that OFFSET.
OFFSETS can be very poweful when used correctly and are great if you use fixture jigs. Each Jig could have it's own differant part with differant material and still be cut in the same G-code file in one go.
This getting little deep now but to recap.
Set Machine Zero by sending machine to HOME position. Then throw material anywhere on table and Define ZERO WORK position by Zeroing the DRO's on the screen or selecting WORK Zero some where on the material.
That's it really the part will be cut in G54 OFFSET (Check your G-code file and near the top you'll see G54, if not specified control system will default to G54) and ZERO point for the WORK will be where selected on the material.
The control system keeps track of the rest and after HOMING will accurately get you back to any lost WORK position if needed.
Last edited by JAZZCNC; 25-08-2014 at 10:06 PM.
Well, at that price I've given it a punt... Now to persuade the router to cut a nice neat series of slots for the gasket in a suitable sized 19mm ply or MDF board big enough for a multitude of sizes etc.
Having a good old Henry vacuum I feel some engineering needs doing to make adapters to plumb it all together.... Now where *is* my good mate Mark (A toolmaker) hiding.....
If you can't fix it with a hammer you've got an electrical problem !
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