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Need Help! Makino j3 8th axis over heat

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 20:25
I have makino j3 machine. I am facing 8th axis (bts)motor overheat. How can i bypass.mag &bts motor drive same. Help me

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spindle stop / mount test indicator

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 13:48
Seems like a silly question, but: how to you properly stop the spindle from spinning when using a test indicator?

Like in this video:

Or if someone has a different method entirely would be interested in that as well.

I have this indicator set from LMC fwiw:

https://littlemachineshop.com/produc...ProductID=2925

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Taig Mill: Mach3 --> Mach4

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 15:31
I have a setup consisting of:

-- Taig mill;
-- 166 oz-in stepper motors;
-- Gecko G540;
-- 48V motor power;
-- Ethernet SmoothStepper;
-- Mach3; and
-- Windows XP/SP3.

I have been having some strange, infrequent but frustrating errors within Mach3 that I just haven't been able to figure out, and I'm considering migrating to Mach4 instead, to see if that may just work in my case.

Has anyone made this same migration from Mach3 to Mach4 with a similar setup? I would deeply appreciate any impressions or recommendations with this process, and/or a working and debugged profile if you've gone one.

Thanks for any advice;

--dave

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1/4-20 slot nuts

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 16:45
Been thinking about some 1/4-20 hold-down solutions to compliment my 10-32 stiff, mainly for compatibility with some 1/4" accessories I have.

Toying with a few options,

  • T-nuts: Raised nut design, also will serve as hold-off (maybe only raised 1/8")
  • T-bolts: Some off the shelf 1/4 hex head bolts + "head carriers" to prevent spin and contact with slot walls


Some simplified drawings I made real quick in MS paint, sorry, CAD license is being used by someone for "real work" at the moment.





5/16 would be be great too, but would require even more elaborate workarounds, prob gonna focus 1/4-20 for now.


Wondering mainly if anyone has tired similar with/without success.

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New Machine Build Deepgroove1 controller questions

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 17:46
Hello group, first I have had the old controller from Deepgroove1 for many years now (maybe 10?) and have really good service from that old controller but I have recently upgraded to the gecko controller from Deepgroove1 and ordered every option that Deepgroove1 offered like the relay and home switch jack because once I order may not be able to add them later.

So here are my questions...
1. What does the relay do and where is it located in or outside the box? (see attached photos).
2. What does the home switch jack do and where is it located in or outside the box? (see attached photos).
3. Also there is two plugs on the right in the back and I know the bottom one is for the power cord but what would you plug into the top one?

I don't know a lot about electronics and don't what to do something wrong on a new controller.

Thanks,
Eric

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Homemade Jaws

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 15:20
While waiting to receive the Taig vice I ordered, I made these temp jaws to face a pc of aluminum 1”x1” square but when I tight the top screws the piece moves. What I do wrong?

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QCTP and Parting Blades

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 19:19
I have a hard time to pick up a QCTP for my mini lathe because I dont know if they will fit my machine. Any idea how to choose one? There are many on ebay / Amazon but would they fit?

Also I cant find and parting (cutoff) tools. I will make my own holder, just need the blade

Thanks

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Taig T-Nuts Difference

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 12:27
New to machining and bought a Taig mini lathe to start learning as a hobby

Noticed there are two types of t-nuts holding attachments, one is a square flat and the other is rectangular with a ridge in the center. What’s the difference between them?

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Need Help! Choosing a vice

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 15:05
Anyone tried this Shars 3x5 vice? The vertical dimensions are taig compatible (base clearsz rail, jaw clears z screw). Also curious if the LMC Z clamps would work on this vice (or is there some other off the shelf clamping solution)

Other one I'm looking at is this LMC 3" Screwless (3" wide, 3.94" opening length, same listed squareness/hardness, but bigger overall in all dimensions). Given the larger overall dimension + smaller opening, it must be a beefier design? Will that result in better work-holding?

I'm leaning toward the extra capacity unless there's a compelling reason to go the other way. It'd be a bit different if the LMC could handle 4" stock. Wonder if it would with a longer cap screw?

Also, I'm mainly looking at vices that have the slots on the side, the hole just seem like extra work/complexity, unless I am missing something?

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Convince me (not) to buy a G540 for my Taig

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:02
Finally moved into a place where I can get my shop back up and running. Was able to score the Taig I built from my buddy who I sold it to about 4yrs ago, and he gave me an even better deal than I gave him!

My setup is 3x 273oz steppers (kl23h276-30-8b) and 3 KL-4030 drivers, 36v 3A psu, and a C10S breakout. It was working about 6 months ago at my buddy's house, but there is some issue now and the C10 is currently not outputting signal. Suspect a wire has came loose, or the board is bad, had similar issue and the past and, after trying everything, replacing the C10 fixed the issue, so that's what I'm thinking I'll do straight off this go round..

or...

I have always wanted to go G540 (they came out right after my original build) and now I'm tempted just skip the whole breakout setup/debug process and just go for it. My electronics box will look a lot cleaner as a bonus..

But $270 is a bit just for convenience/bling. How much performance increase (if any) should I expect to see? Can someone talk sense into me (for or against)? If the $$ doesn't go into the G540 it'll go into other tools.

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Used Taig CNC okay price at $800?

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 17:06
Hi, Gang,

I have been looking for an affordable way to get started with the CNC process. I understand it from a comfortable 10-foot distance, but I have never used a mill. My budget is minimal. I will not use the machine for commercial work. I have the space for a big ol' VMC, but not the AC power. I would love an expensive, awesome mill with a big work area, but it will have to come after this one (the first). :) I am a veteran PC tech and electronics guy, so I can handle the power supplies, wiring, motion controllers, serial ports, etc. The software (3D, CAD-CAM, G-Code, etc) is substantially similar for most machines, and this seems to be where the real "learning curve" takes place.

QUESTION:

I may have an opportunity to buy an essentially unused Taig CNC mill that was new in 2009/2010. It comes with a PC (which I don't need), and I think it comes with Mach 3, which I probably do need) and a bunch of end mills, an extra set of Taig-supplied steppers (intended for an identical mill but never used). The old-timer who bought the mills new used one with traditional mechanical controls (which he was familiar with), but never really used the one that came from Taig set up for CNC. That's the one he's selling (cuz he never really used it and he's now in his '80s, he says it ain't gonna happen).

He's had the stuff for sale months at $1250, with no takers. I offered him $850 a while back, and he's indicated that he might take me up on my offer.

I'm wondering if that's a good deal?

Thanks, as always,

--sohosources

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Used Taig CNC okay price at $800?

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 17:06
Hi, Gang,

I have been looking for an affordable way to get started with the CNC process. I understand it from a comfortable 10-foot distance, but I have never used a mill. My budget is minimal. I will not use the machine for commercial work. I have the space for a big ol' VMC, but not the AC power. I would love an expensive, awesome mill with a big work area, but it will have to come after this one (the first). :) I am a veteran PC tech and electronics guy, so I can handle the power supplies, wiring, motion controllers, serial ports, etc. The software (3D, CAD-CAM, G-Code, etc) is substantially similar for most machines, and this seems to be where the real "learning curve" takes place.

QUESTION:

I may have an opportunity to buy an essentially unused Taig CNC mill that was new in 2009/2010. It comes with a PC (which I don't need), and I think it comes with Mach 3, which I probably do need) and a bunch of end mills, an extra set of Taig-supplied steppers (intended for an identical mill but never used). The old-timer who bought the mills new used one with traditional mechanical controls (which he was familiar with), but never really used the one that came from Taig set up for CNC. That's the one he's selling (cuz he never really used it and he's now in his '80s, he says it ain't gonna happen).

He's had the stuff for sale months at $1250, with no takers. I offered him $850 a while back, and he's indicated that he might take me up on my offer.

I'm wondering if that's a good deal?

Thanks, as always,

--sohosources

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Newbie CNC mill electronics help

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 08:53
I have a taig CR ready mill (2 of them actually)
I have a setup that is ready to bolt onto one of them but the other I have nothing. Looking for recommendations on something (inexpensive) just to get it working and do light cuts on aluminum, wood etc so I can sell it. So I don't want to spend $300+ on it just to sell it.
Would need the motors and all electronics and something I can run mach3 demo on and have it be plugged in via USB.

Something less than $200(MAX) the cheaper the better.

Also I have never used mach3 so if anyone has a setup file they can share that would help me out tremendously. My setup going on the other mill is all flashcut plug n plug play.

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Newbie CNC mill electronics help

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 08:53
I have a taig CR ready mill (2 of them actually)
I have a setup that is ready to bolt onto one of them but the other I have nothing. Looking for recommendations on something (inexpensive) just to get it working and do light cuts on aluminum, wood etc so I can sell it. So I don't want to spend $300+ on it just to sell it.
Would need the motors and all electronics and something I can run mach3 demo on and have it be plugged in via USB.

Something less than $200(MAX) the cheaper the better.

Also I have never used mach3 so if anyone has a setup file they can share that would help me out tremendously. My setup going on the other mill is all flashcut plug n plug play.

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Making CNC Taig

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:30
I have a Taig ER16 Headstock along with a Sherline VS motor from an old cnc mill I built and I plan to use them to build a hobby lathe.

I’m at the layout face and looking at this thread
Taig Micro Lathe CNC Conversion

I notice he is doing a similar job and incorporates threading but this guy is way ahead of my capabilities.

If I want to include later on threading on my new lathe, is there something I must do now to make allowances for future threading?

I will use Mach3, ball screws, slide rails and stepper motors and I know steppers are not ideal for threading but for a hobby use I understand steppers are ok.

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Making CNC Taig

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:30
I have a Taig ER16 Headstock along with a Sherline VS motor from an old cnc mill I built and I plan to use them to build a hobby lathe.

I’m at the layout face and looking at this thread
Taig Micro Lathe CNC Conversion

I notice he is doing a similar job and incorporates threading but this guy is way ahead of my capabilities.

If I want to include later on threading on my new lathe, is there something I must do now to make allowances for future threading?

I will use Mach3, ball screws, slide rails and stepper motors and I know steppers are not ideal for threading but for a hobby use I understand steppers are ok.

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Making CNC Taig

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:30
I have a Taig ER16 Headstock along with a Sherline VS motor from an old cnc mill I built and I plan to use them to build a hobby lathe.

I’m at the layout face and looking at this thread
Taig Micro Lathe CNC Conversion

I notice he is doing a similar job and incorporates threading but this guy is way ahead of my capabilities.

If I want to include later on threading on my new lathe, is there something I must do now to make allowances for future threading?

I will use Mach3, ball screws, slide rails and stepper motors and I know steppers are not ideal for threading but for a hobby use I understand steppers are ok.

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Taig mill on order. What accessories?

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 23:30
I have a taig mill on order. What are some must have accessories?


Also what's a good budget kit (motors, power supply etc) for a cnc conversion. I plan on swapping my current stuff over to the taig but need something on the other to keep it functional and for sale.

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Taig mill on order. What accessories?

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 23:30
I have a taig mill on order. What are some must have accessories?


Also what's a good budget kit (motors, power supply etc) for a cnc conversion. I plan on swapping my current stuff over to the taig but need something on the other to keep it functional and for sale.

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Taig mill on order. What accessories?

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 23:30
I have a taig mill on order. What are some must have accessories?


Also what's a good budget kit (motors, power supply etc) for a cnc conversion. I plan on swapping my current stuff over to the taig but need something on the other to keep it functional and for sale.

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