BST automation is the usual choice for Chinese stuff and linear rails, so its a well known and recommended seller. Price wise, packing, support and warranty.
Do you have a cable chain? If not i highly recommend the Russian ARKO 22x80 R60 which is cheaper and better than the similar Chinese
Leadshine has 10m cables available for their motors.
I would email BST and ask if he has them for his motors. Or, you can always make your own.
At those prices, I'll have to seriously consider going that route, if it saves $225/motor.
I have a "build log" at CNC Zone, that's about 7 years long, with almost no actual building, and another 2 year old thread when I started the design.
I've got a few thousand dollars in components, but life doesn't leave me any time to get to it.
I also spent the last 3 years of my spare time working on this: www.jointcam.com
(Actually 2 years, and a year of doing nothing)
BST will provide cables upto 7mtr long. This is Video I made showing there 1.8Kw set.
Hi guys sorry to but in but could someone post a link for BST Automation.
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Jazz, thanks for the video exactly what I was looking for in a review. Time to order some motors and drives... I emailed to see if I could get a price for motor/drive and 7m cable set.
So the resolver feedback into Mach is awesome, shows how new I am to this I didnt even know that was possible. Anyone know if the smooth stepper from warp9 can do this? It shows resolver connections on the board but does it send back to mach? Also looking at the CS lab boards as well since Jazz has a good review on them. Im thinking I might go for a servo for Z as well since that can give me position feedback into Mach rather cool feature.
Gerry, I had started a build log over at CNC Zone but after finding the great information here I decided to put my build log here instead. Also for me the cnc zone website is painfully slow!
Currently using the rotating ballscrew design to design one that I can build with the machines I have. Might be a little crude, also sending out designs to some local cnc metal shops for quotes on parts. One question, (of many im sure) do you guys find you need to grease the ballnut more since it is sometimes spinning rather fast?
Thanks for all the help, I will post some design ideas shortly for the rotating ballnut.
To work like you see in my Video the Controller deals with the Encoders and informs Mach of position directly. The Closed loop between motor and drive is then extended to the controller which keeps track of position and updates Mach's Main DRO's. The ESS cannot do this.
Very Few Step and Dir Controllers do this. Even the CSlabs IP-S which uses STEP & DIR cannot do this. Only the Analog IP-A Version does this.
08-03-2016 #29One question, (of many im sure) do you guys find you need to grease the ballnut more since it is sometimes spinning rather fast?
But a lot more grease goes into the spinning nut, as it's much larger.
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So Im looking into and learning more about long ballscrews and how to run them. Obviously spinning the ball nut is a way to go but each unit gets to be pretty costly by the time you are said and done.
Another thing I found was supports along the ballscrew which effectively push the critical speed to a higher rpm. Has anyone ever looked into this type of design?
Thermwood does this on the long axis of some of their CNC machines. It looks like the support flips as the ballnut passes and then supports the ballscrew again on the other side of the ballnut.
I assume these are just nylon but cant find any further details on this type of support. I wonder if it could be considerably less expensive to incorporate this, provided the same performance is achieved in the end. Thoughts?
So still learning about the CSLabs IP-A and trying to decide if the extra money is worth it. With all ballscrews, I dont know that there will ever be a time that the system could move while the drives are disabled? I.e. I would have to manually turn the ballscrew or the motor to put it out of position. However, if Mach knows absolute position does that mean that the system needs to be "homed" less often? Between cuts etc. Are there other benefits to having Mach know the absolute position from the resolver? I hope to make a decision here soon on a motion control card... If anyone has any further thoughts I greatly appreciate it.
Thanks to Fred over at BST for working with me, I have ordered motors, 2 for X, 1 for Y, and 1 for Z. I decided to go with servo on Z as it seemed silly for the price difference to have that axis be a stepper.
Next up is HTD timing gears/belts just need to figure out speeds and gear ratio. Thanks Boyan for posting the 20t:30t Starting point and after putting it on paper sure makes sense to me.
So some math just to make sure I have things right
Lets say 20000mm/min travel
Ballnut is 5mm per revolution
(20000mm/min ) / (5mm/rev) = Ballscrew rpm => 4000rpm
Gear ratio 20t:30t = 0.666
4000rpm * gear ratio => Motor Speed => 2666rpm.
The motors I purchased from Fred are 3000rpm so this looks reasonable to me.
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