The mill has been rebuilt
and a completely new panel with added features has been added. The
computer now has dual printer ports (Parallel Ports) which gives me
many more connections to add features. The mill can now detect a
malfunction with a driver and halt the process so that the part is not
ruined. It makes it much faster to restart the job when the issue is
Here is the video, then I'll list some of the new features and some of
the videos leading up to this one.
The mill now has these added features...
Automatic Peck Drilling
Probe Capability with enhanced routines
Emergency Stop Button... a BIG one too!
Automatic Bolt-Hole-Circle without needing G-Code
Fast Zero setting and safe return-to-home functions.
Automatic homing with magnetic sensors.
Not everything went smoothly... when getting the automatic homing set
up, I was having issues with the mill freezing up and not properly
reading the switches. I needed to make an interface board to help match
the signals properly.
Having problems Getting the Machine Homed
To get the opening shot for the announcement video, I needed to use a
JIB CRANE... but I didn't have one. I didn't know any friends who may
have had one except Mitch Bergsma... but he was busy doing a photo
shoot. So what to do???
I built a JIB CRANE for my video...
Stay tuned for more videos to come!
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