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Messages - Eric S

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Trial and error. I found a V-bit  cutting widths chart. and a few things on feeds and speeds. But the best that worked for me was drawing a series of lines with .5" radius. compute tool paths at varying speeds and run it on spare materials.

General DWC Questions / Limit Switches
« on: June 01, 2017, 07:13:01 AM »
  Been using my DWC since 2014. I would like to add limit switches to all the axis since I am starting to let the wife and other family members use them. I'm well versed in machine tool building and operating, but they are not. To take out the option of them running to the ends of the belts and screws I would like to add limit switches. Any placement ideas? Also I know the Gecko board and CNC-USB have provisions for limit switches; is there much of a difference between using one or the other?

General DWC Questions / Re: New Controller
« on: January 15, 2016, 07:30:37 AM »
The controller works and has held up nicley. I do try to keep dust cloths over everything, but the machine is setup in a semi-climate controlled shop, I also work on my personal vehicles, weld, chainsaw carve, and build model airplanes in the same shop. It does get plenty of dust and dirt. The company makes a bigger keyboard, and if I used the carver more I think I would upgrade and use the additional keys to add access to other features and controls. The layout you see above is the same layout I'm using today. The keyboard only works while the software is running, so having the planet CNC controller that Burl made is still handy to jog the machine before the computer and software boots up. The company also makes a joystick/hand wheel version that I thought about trying. Perhaps a little further in the future I will.

BobCAD Information / Re: License question
« on: October 18, 2015, 07:09:38 PM »
I got V24 with my machine, and have been using it alongside CNCUSB wizards.  I wanted to add bobcad to my laptop to so I can design while im out of the shop, but the BOBCad guys just want to upgrade me.

BobCAD Information / Re: License question
« on: October 12, 2015, 05:20:07 AM »
 Did you just get Bobcad? What version did you get?

General DWC Questions / Re: Lasers
« on: October 12, 2015, 05:18:53 AM »
I did some testing, there tends to be some vibrations that spray the beam a bit. I ended up buying a China machine and modifying it to get 2000mm/sec. I think with a little platform reworking, you can make a Digital woodcarver laser.

BobCAD Information / Re: BobCAD Fonts
« on: October 12, 2015, 05:05:52 AM »
 Thanks Butch!

General DWC Questions / Lasers
« on: July 29, 2015, 11:07:35 AM »
Anyone considered swapping the spinde or adding a laser? I have a laser and driver I'm reworking from another machine. And I see there is some software available that will play nice with Mach3 but my machine uses USBCNC.

General DWC Questions / Re: How to cut out words?
« on: July 21, 2015, 08:42:03 AM »
Not sure what you mean, Can you post a screenshot?

General Discussion / Re: Setting Z with Sensor
« on: July 14, 2015, 07:59:20 PM »
In the CNCUSB, under File, Settings, Tool Sensor. There is a section for Tool sensor moveable to set Size, Retract, Height, and return distance

General DWC Questions / New Controller
« on: July 14, 2015, 07:51:24 PM »
My X-Keys USB pad just came in today. Less than an hour later it was programmed and I was using it to run signs.
This is the unit I bought.


Here it is marked and ready to go.

These are very cool units. The software makes it easy to program. You can script the entire process or use their program to record keystrokes.  The only thing left to see is how well it holds up to the dust. I am using this in conjunction with the programmable USB foot switch that I have programmed as the software E-Stop.

General DWC Questions / Pen / marker holder
« on: July 11, 2015, 10:30:20 AM »
Had some time to kill at work, used some scraps and made a holder to chuck up in the router. See attached video link.

General DWC Questions / Re: CNCUSB vs Mach 3
« on: May 13, 2015, 01:05:09 PM »
The machinist side of me likes MACH 3, traditional DRO's and menus. CNCUSB has 99% of the features but setup for a standard computer user. My friend has a MACH 3 setup, when I bought mine it was CNCUSB. I use both, easily.   MACH 3 seems to have a few more program shortcuts for basic machining and text.

General Discussion / Re: router not straight along Y axis
« on: April 23, 2015, 08:46:38 AM »
I've had this issue, Not with mach 3 or CNCUSB, but with other machines. and found the the radius compensation was incorrectly set. You can tell by looking at the rendering of the toolpath. If the step is not genereated with the toolpath, then it may be a stepper issue.

General DWC Questions / Re: Remote Escape button?
« on: January 18, 2015, 07:40:03 PM »
 Finally got time to hookup the footswitch I ordered on Amazon.


It works great. I programmed it as a remote Esc key, and mounted it to my enclosure. It can just as easily be programmed as a pause, start, or anything that is a keyboard shortcut or keystroke.

Here is another option. With more feature, this company offers many different types of keypads that have buttons that can be programmed as keystroke or keyboard shortcut.


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