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  1. Continuation of roadside sharns sounds like a good idea, i'll get in touch later this week.
  2. This is the nameplate: That aligns with our best guess of 2 pole. 4 pole would put everything out by a factor of two right?
  3. VFD - Settings confirmed as all wrong, but not terribly so, but with "better" numbers the external tach is now all wrong, while I didn't get my head around the external output settings that feed it, for now I'll let it be until I can get my hands on a hand held tach, unless someone has a fancypants way to work out the number of poles if its not on the nameplate? Currently set at 2 because thats what it was and it turns........ Managed to spin up all axes again and get each one to home on the limit switches, good learning here, setting home as zero throws errors cos it trips the switch, moving home position to a nominal offset cured that. Also found a few of the limit switches not quite in position, so fixed them too. All Green! If I was so keen, the controller would accept and run a program In reality this puts me servo tuning away from using the machine, in true procrastination form I dug into the pneumatics... Spilling the wires and tubes out from the head I set up a test manifold to find out which solenoids worked and which were NFG. Expected result, more bits dumped in the bin Thankfully I was left with 7 operational 5/2 solenoids, a few other shuttle valves and a mountain of various fittings &hose, these were set up on a manifold and re-installed to work the tool change on the main spindle. All of this^ is now this: Not being one to leave a chance to test, a quick switchboard was thrown together linking the above solenoids In what I can only amount to a miracle, I somehow managed to get the polarity of the air lines correct allowing removal and insertion of a tool holder first time, while it was only manual, it gives me hope that if I can sit down with the ladder logic side, I should get tool changing on the functional list (Of course its not this easy, there are many interlock switches to monitor making sure everything is correct ie tool correctly loaded before 10,000rpm etc) The tool change was also horrifically violent, must re-adjust the needle valves. So, limit switches, homing and tool change. Time to sculpt? No, theres still more distractions! Enter the auto-greaser.... I personally hate these things, experience tarred from older, mistreated farm machinery where blockages cause dry joints and days disappear in feeble attempts to unblock lines or work out which orifice plate goes to which port. But, when they work, life is pretty darn peachy. Using the valves assembled for the above air tests, I soon found the pump wasn't building pressure, a quick loosening of fittings and air purge had that raised to a healthy 200bar grease pressure (safety glasses on) Cracking the furthest distribution block I soon had grease pouring out then followed by a MDF/grease goo flowing from the linear rails and ball screws. While the flow is pretty uneven, i'll give it a few cycles a day in the hope everything will even out, worst case the lines can be swapped for nipples. Ok, so large phallic engravings now or what? Nope, in the adventure of chasing the grease lines I found the X axis drive cover was actually split and therefore working out the actual reduction ratio is possible. Cover off locates, well, more grease. Grabbing the nearest doggy bag the goo was disposed of and wiped up Fairly certain its just grease, the belt appears healthy but I might try locate a new one and replace it if the price is palatable. And yes, this whole post has been a tease, I never managed to run a program, having a go at tuning the servos I realised I have no idea how to run the internal oscilloscope, back to the school of YouTube then I promise to cut something worthy.
  4. Hmmm it just gets more interesting..... Had a good read of the VFD manual, Power Electronics SD50, from that I identified the most likely settings which were in need of a check up- Control input, remote operation, min/max speed, control input type etc etc. Well, before getting to the inputs it turns out the basic characteristics are all wrong, input voltage, motor power etc so quickly dragged them to range, then moving to the control side I found it was set to remote operation, local speed control, set speed 400Hz or ~8000rpm. A quick reassignment of inputs and she's all happiness, typing GCode into Linux activated the VFD and spun up to speed, even the tacho now reads a reasonable value when asked for 3000rpm, no doubt confirming parameters will get things inline. Its a pretty big win in the overall process, but mindful that there may be some more bad settings I shut down and tomorrow will dig through the entire VFD menu and confirm each and every setting, yuck.
  5. Is that a legit move to avoid cert? Turning the tops off and threading for an insert and cap is straight forward machining, not having a stub makes it a bit more palatable too.
  6. Watching with great interest, I had resigned to getting someone else to do it but this has swayed me back, fiddlesticks.
  7. WTF was I smoking and where did I leave it? Fired up the machine today and sure enough, same issue with axis creeping on the encoders, with multimeter in hand I started checking the obvious... 5V ground to system ground....30mV - Nope, not there. Utterly disappointed at this hypothesis being wrong I clutched at easy straws, 24VDC ground to system ground........ 30mV Control board ground to system ground....... 30mV OK, lets see how you like oscilloscope! Hmm, thats a pretty good square wave coming back from the encoder, for noise..... Almost as if the axis was moving............ The good old tape around the screw trick soon showed that yes, the axis is actually creeping, not just one, but all 3, last session I was sure to confirm nothing was moving, I have no idea how I missed this, but there you go, sane conclusion to that issue and even better, I have working encoder feedback! Next question then, why does the machine error out as soon as I try start it? first guess was the lack of limit switches, getting these wired up was quick and easy but gave a new error, active axis vibration, aha! I've seen this before, what PID values are in? It would seem that default PID values are P=50 I=0 & D=0, not sure I can do the best to explain here, these fancy values are what allow it to get to where it wants to be, in short with P set too high, the system will vibrate obnoxiously, dropping this to P=0.1 will have terrible response (more on tuning to come) but with stability. So dial in the change, hit the enable switch and everything behaved! Scrubbing up on g-code from many years ago I gave the machine a quick jog around and confirmed travel scaling is within tape measure precision, later on i'll dial this in better, the current plan is to just get things going. With movement in all three directions, I moved to the VFD, again, wiring had to be converted from sinking to sourcing but soon had the output reading correctly (to my understanding) Switching on power to the VFD I hit go at 1000rpm only to be greeted by the sound of a jet engine taking off! It would appear the go command gets through but the speed reference is not quite doing anything except shooting to the moon. I'm unsure if this is wiring based or VFD based but leaves the next move as going over the VFD wiring (again) and comparing that with the manual (again) which will then be confirmed with the VFD internal settings.
  8. You bloody ripper! My eyes lit up when you posted those pics on your build thread, all we needed was someone to see if shipping would work, thanks for doing the honours!
  9. Just twist the 5V wire to earth........ Haha, yeah thats terribly written, I think the 5V supply isn't grounded correctly which has left the 5V floating, well at least thats the simplest answer to what is observed.
  10. Last weekend I wired up the CAT6 cable to much better results. All axes return sensible values with movement until they're stationary, then the input starts creeping, it would appear I have a pretty large noise source somewhere. In chatting with men of greater knowledge it sounds like input noise, likely my 5V supply rail not appropriately earthed. So in the usual weekend mode i'll push all the toys outside, liven up the machine and have a poke around with the multimeter/scope.
  11. yes, but they've locked some features away behind paywall, i'm not up to date on the details, but thats the way regular users have informed me. Also been told of loopholes via free internet courses which may be worth exploring.
  12. Oooh, like calibration cuts, circles/shapes etc? Have had a thought in my head about how to verify certain things, if that is such a thing?
  13. You understand how much i'm banking on this then! So getting the axes to work is pretty good as once one runs, its pretty much copy/paste but..... The X is 3.5m long and currently half buried under usual shed stuff so its out for testing on. The Y is 1.5m but if running away would smash the side of the Datsun. Which leave the 250mm of Z as the obvious to test on, except it has a brake which if released too soon dumps down to full negative, tripping the overtravel alarms and because I never noticed, then spend an hour trying to find why the servodrive enable contactor wouldn't pull in.... So the only way to test each axis is to drag the Datsun out into the carport, clear the table (just in case) and test on the Y axis. I'm reasonably confident that once running the VFD will be straight forward then a full dive into classic ladder to enable all the required pneumatics, my hope here is that there is pretty basic feedback so at least trial and error has a better chance of success compared with the software oddities currently plaguing me. Oh, and then a G-Code refresher Followed by hasty CAM refresher And likely forking out for Fusion360 to get all the toolpaths
  14. Everything is such a bloody battle until I screw up, then its obvious that at the 50/50 chance of getting it right I chose wrong.
  15. Successful weekend with getting all axes to move via Linux, unsuccessful due to hopes and dreams wiring. The old controller used a 4 wire feedback loop, what appears to be each phase of the encoder ChA,Chb,Ch0 + gnd, I took a massive assumption and just hooked each phase up to the 3 positive inputs on the Mesa card. Nope Nope and Nope, although open loop shifts things (I obviously got the AO signal and enable in the right place) into closed loop just ends up in runaway, or as i term it, a good test of the E-Stop circuit.... Thankfully in the folder of schematics there is also the servo drive tech sheets Digging through the wording, the drive bounces the raw encoder signal out pin 19,20,33,34,35 and 36, it is these that I should have used. Today I picked up 12m of CAT6 which should do the trick, now for a spare day to open up the fiddly little connectors solder and route to the Mesa.... While I had everything powered up I messed about with the air controls a bit more, using clippy leads I went through the control solenoids one by one to see what actually worked, surprisingly I managed to get the spindle to release and grab a tool holder, will need much more work to get tool changes running but its a slice of motivation I needed after the wiring woes.
  16. Yeah so i tried the latest LinuxCNC version but it just didn't want to fly with my computer, I had some potential causes rattled off but my inexperience could not comprehend what i was being told. In the end, the good man who is helping me gave his custom Mint setup which in comparison loaded happily, as I have no idea exactly whats going on, working = good and i'll just keep running with this option (until is doesn't). Yip, the MPG will wire to the Mesa 7i77, i'm not 100% the exact pinouts just yet, but i'll get to that in time.
  17. Sounds like insulation breakdown in the armature, know anyone with a megger that could poke it for you? standard multimeter will have trouble diagnosing it.
  18. Oh, there is a stack of content there, cheers! Do I spy your lathe mods inspiration?
  19. Huh, good point! There is one at work, it does my head in. A summer student got it running properly so should give it another look.
  20. Game on, let the electrons flow* *in their designated channels Wired up the mesa boards on the table to try get my head around things, notable learnings were -I have no idea how IP addresses work -How I thought the software worked was wrong -The computer really doesn't want to talk to the boards In what was similar to loosing one's virginity, I was hastily added to a FB messenger group of CNC Barries the world over, one of which in rapid fire time soon had me up and running, I still read back through the thread and don't quite understand what happened, but hey, the computer and linuxcnc are now friends, it works! With that, one would go back to the books and confirm the learnings, but nope, no time for cautiousness, straight to the install phase Removing the factory controller and interface boards, I mounted the Mesa 7i77&7i92 boards in their forever home and started trying to identify all the connections that needed to be made. One thing that has been making me nervous is the limit switches and safety circuits are all on 110VAC, the quick fix I thought would work was to switch this over to 24VDC to work with the new controller, this lovely dream was sadly cut short by the 110VAC being used for latching contactors, to replace the E-Stop and Servo drive contactors with 24V models would be another large expense disproportionate to the purchase price of the machine. In digging through the schematics I found there was a 24V circuit to the controller, turns out this is switched by auxiliary switches on the two main contactors (mid right above) only change needed is they are going low, I need them high - swap the 0V for 24V and we should be a go! Once the E-Stop and safety circuits are communicating as expected, i'll try fire up an axis, my original plan was to mechanically isolate each axis as I test to prevent undesirable runaway, in another twist it looks like I would have to dismantle large parts to get such an effect, as its pretty much a 50/50 chance of getting the direction input correct, runaway axis drives is pretty much a given, with faith I can rig both safety and activate circuits, I'm going to try limiting the drive speeds in the software with a ready hand on the E-Stop.......
  21. Mate tried earthwool on his racebike, worked for a few days then the binders let go and it all collapsed, imagine Kaowool would be much the same.
  22. Supercheap cabinet on loan from benno, wired up some led lights he supplied for instant improvement then today fashioned a cyclone from two large buckets, pvc pipe fittings all finishing off with an old air filter from the landrover, so far, it sucks Amongst the random bits that came with the router was an assortment of air treatment gear, have a large filter/water separator on both the compressor and blasting cabinet, no sign of moisture entering the cabinet so far, happy days
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