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Posted by winchdoc | May 04, 2010 @ 10:54 AM | 11,718 Views
Last night in the middle of making some parts, my CNC mill's spindle shuts down and I get a dreaded spindle fault code come up on my screen.

I power it down and reset the alarm. Turn it back on- Just like General Fransisco Franco-- still dead.

I'll post a few pix here as things progress.

First thing to do is check the "transistor modules" to see if any of them have lost their magic smoke. Hopefully, that is all it is, and HOPEFULLY, I can find replacement parts somewhere (for free, oh, pleeze-pleeze-pleeze)

I suppose I could just gut it and put in a new motor/control and a pc based CNC retrofit, but that takes more time and headscratching.


New parts will be here next week.
Posted by winchdoc | Mar 14, 2010 @ 08:15 PM | 14,740 Views
I had to give my Hypnosis a little needed maintainance this week, and while I was at it, I set it up for my SD-10G.

I took a couple of shortcuts and set up the SD channel pinout selection to match the pinouts on the Airtronics 92777FM Rx.

Before I changed over, I put card material on each wingtip and the fuse to record trace marks of various aileron differential, rates flap travel, elevator compensation, you get the picture.

Then for giggles, I first transferred over the rudder and elevator servo plugs and operated both radios together. I added the left side of the wing, and dialed it all in.

Just need some wind now....Continue Reading
Posted by winchdoc | May 25, 2009 @ 11:41 AM | 14,591 Views
Took a ride out to my oldest son's Hut-in-the-woods for a visit
and a dose of baby spit......Continue Reading


Posted by winchdoc | Feb 18, 2009 @ 09:24 PM | 14,679 Views
Posted by winchdoc | Jan 22, 2009 @ 12:42 PM | 13,516 Views
I got to use my machinist powers yesterday to make a spare part for my CNC mill.

This machine has a robotic arm to automatically change tools. Not a big deal in the world of industrial CNC stuff, but pretty schweet for a garage toy.

There is this piece that serves double duty as a ramp to actuate the tool grabber fingers, and it also mounts the coolant ring onto the machine.

It broke.
It broke a long time ago, probably due to a Z-axis crash by the previous owner. I kinda knew about it but just ignored it.

I was cleaning out the coolant ring the other day (full of nasty stuff, ick)and I re-discovered the broken part.
The dilemma here was that by taking apart the tool change assembly, I could still run the machine, but no tool changes could be made in automatic mode.

So I took the broken part, and measured it, made a quick sketch, and made a replacement using the jog mode and DRO position readouts, much like you would do on a Bridgeport.

Pretty satisfying to be able to make repair parts for a machine on that same machine!...Continue Reading
Posted by winchdoc | Dec 21, 2008 @ 02:41 PM | 13,803 Views
We got snowed on here in the Hut-in-the-Woods, and for a while it looks beautiful!...Continue Reading
Posted by winchdoc | Nov 16, 2008 @ 08:36 PM | 14,743 Views
The WinchWench and I rode our bikes south this weekend to Monmouth OR., where we watched my youngest son, Joe play in a rugby match.

They won (slaughtered 'em) and remain undefeated with only one more game to play.
Posted by winchdoc | Nov 03, 2008 @ 01:39 PM | 14,018 Views
Right before I was downsized, I went and bought a new (to me) motorcycle.

A Buell Ulysses! It's sorta a cousin to the H-D sportster, but dosn't share any common parts, save maybe fasteners.

It's quick, fast enough, and get this, it has heated grips!
I thought it was a foo-foo extra until I tried them out on a cold morning ride to work... OH, YES!! me likey!