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Old Nov 22, 2012, 08:02 PM
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I bought limit switches and an e-stop in a kit from Ebay for like $13. I haven't installed them yet
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Old Nov 23, 2012, 10:53 PM
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Who else is using LinuxCNC(emc2)? I am a big fan of open source software. I am really glad i found this thread, as i had never come across this machine until then.
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Great work Chris, and you are coming along very quickly!

I use Linux normally, but haven't made the transition to that in CNC -- I've been using TurboCNC -- which is open source DOS based Pascal.

I am interested in LinuxCNC though. How well is it working for you?
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 11:34 AM
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Thanks Vtdiy, I seem to learn a little more each night. LinuxCNC has been great, and for an open source project the documentation is very thorough. I imagine that if i had prior experience in CNC that my progress would be slightly less frustrating but i am still enjoying this and i believe i finally have all my settings correct, now its time for calibration! I already have my first project laid out and converted to Gcode (mini polaris) can't wait.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 09:52 AM
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I also am just getting started out. I was going to get the Bluemaxx, but I found a used Fireball V90 for less and jumped on it. I am starting with LinuxCNC, because it's free. But, it's been a lot of work. My computer needed a lot of tweaking to get Linux and Linux CNC working, but it's finally running smoothly. I have gotten as far as setting up StepConf, but I haven't run anything yet. I think I am going to mount the limit switches first, before mounting the spindle.

I also installed on the Linux box Inkscape and Gcodetools for Inkscape, that's for doing simple parts, all on the same machine. I'm tinkering with other freeware programs on our family Window 7 machine for design. I've been avoiding paying for any software, it's all very expensive! Fortunately, I figured out Linux enough to get it running, otherwise I'd have carved out the $150-175 for Mach3.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 01:18 PM
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I had to come home for a few minutes to meet a plumber, so I had a little time to mount the dremel and do a test run of the LinuxCNC test pattern into some scrap foam....
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 11:11 PM
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have you guys made your own home-made vacuum tables for the pieces you're cutting yet?
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 10:24 PM
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Rifraf, if you have linux questions i can help.

Polix, Not yet but i have been giving it some thought. Once i settle on a design i would like to start working on a vac table and a platform for a slightly larger machine.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 11:10 PM
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Rifraf, if you have linux questions i can help.

Polix, Not yet but i have been giving it some thought. Once i settle on a design i would like to start working on a vac table and a platform for a slightly larger machine.
I've milled a fair number of vacuum table surfaces in my previous job as a CNC guy, i can give you some good tips, readily adaptable to any home CNC machine, and it will hold all the parts down as they're being cut out
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 09:14 AM
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Cool! Can't wait to see what you do with it.
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Which Smooth Stepper are you using? Does it replace the C-10 that comes from Bluumax?

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Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:33 PM
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:39 PM
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going to post the plans for a vacuum table with sacrificial surface here in the next couple days, just gotta get all the drawings done, it can all be done from MDF so it's very cheap, and you can mill it on your own machine too.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:44 PM
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Thats great Polix, cant wait to see it.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 05:09 AM
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My mill uses these for limit switches. They work very good, and don't cost much.
Omron V-10G-1C24-K

http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/...2fmX5wbw%3d%3d

Hum, I saw a good deal on Ebay for a Fireball V90 not long ago, but someone bid more. I let them get a good deal instead of bidding it up.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 12:55 PM
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Geostomp,
Which Smooth Stepper are you using? Does it replace the C-10 that comes from Bluumax?

Alan
No the SS is a motion controller that takes the information and outputs the timed pulses that run the motors. I bought it from Warp9.com, although currently their site is under maintenance. Basicly its USB out from computer to SS, SS serial out to C-10, C-10 to drivers and then on to motors. So yeah the SS is between the computer and C-10.

A computer with a serial port on an older machine will work with no motion controller but may have limitations. I originally bought the SS because my modern windows 7 computer did not have a serial out and would not recognize the one I installed. The SS gets info via USB and after reading about it I concluded it would solve my problem. Afterr installing the SS, It worked but I wanted a dedicated CNC computer.

So I bought a $60 computer from craigslist and for S and G's I hooked up the serial port only with no SS and it worked but I was limited on table speed. It was slow. So I hooked up the SS to my new old XP computer and it works great and that is what I currently use.

My C-10 is currently running my new 5 amp drivers on 3amp motors so it was a good investment.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 01:00 PM
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My mill uses these for limit switches. They work very good, and don't cost much.
Omron V-10G-1C24-K

http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/...2fmX5wbw%3d%3d

Hum, I saw a good deal on Ebay for a Fireball V90 not long ago, but someone bid more. I let them get a good deal instead of bidding it up.
We whould all be so good so the first bidder always gets a steal. What a world it would be!
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