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New from Old / Re: The Sequel - Oh Blimey I bought a CNC Lathe (Beaver TC 20)
« Last post by awemawson on October 18, 2018, 07:23:24 AM »
The really frustrating part is that this same RS232 link is used for uploading and downloading programs to the controller and works fine.

STEP5 was originally written I believe for CP/M where you had far better direct access to hardware than Windows lets you have.

This of course is a distraction from a detour from a diversion on the way to trying to solve the 'Spindle Orientation' issue, and although I'd love to be able to poke around in and maybe re-program the PLC it wasn't an objective that I chose!

I'm getting closer to being driven to load the PLC program from the other (smaller lathe) and see if the spindle orientation works with that. But it would have to be done with the greatest care in case the axis etc are over driven.  :bugeye:
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New from Old / Re: The Sequel - Oh Blimey I bought a CNC Lathe (Beaver TC 20)
« Last post by russ57 on October 18, 2018, 06:59:19 AM »
Hopefully then the controller is not as stubborn in the parameter department as step 5...

Russ

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The Water Cooler / Re: Making a Buzz Coil and relays that don't seem to work.
« Last post by Will_D on October 18, 2018, 05:56:26 AM »
Great stuff George! Could you show us the circuit diagram please?
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New from Old / Re: The Sequel - Oh Blimey I bought a CNC Lathe (Beaver TC 20)
« Last post by awemawson on October 18, 2018, 04:14:45 AM »
Russ,

I've set the COM2: to what I believe I need using MODE, run STEP5 then (exiting STEP5 first as otherwise it still has hold of the COM port) then typing just MODE COM2: to see what it's set to find that STEP5 has modified it yet again  :bang:

Yesterday I thought, OK, that's what STEP5 seems to want, so (contrary to the instructions) set the Siemens 820T controller to those settings and see what happens. It will still go on line but locks up as before.

All very intriguing, rather headache provoking, but never the less interesting. I wish I could have a few hours solidly 'at it' but things keep getting in the way !

I just hope that PK is having more success and less headaches down under - not heard from him in a while.  :scratch:
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New from Old / Re: The Sequel - Oh Blimey I bought a CNC Lathe (Beaver TC 20)
« Last post by russ57 on October 18, 2018, 04:00:13 AM »
Did you also use mode to set what you need? Clearly some very odd interactions between all the bit players in this drama.

If only they would exit stage left and leave the main characters to read the script...

I would think, as a last resort, you could set an arduino or similar to act as a protocol converter.

Last thought

Can you reinstall using the new ini file? It may just use it to set some run config when it is first installed /configured


Russ

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Project Logs / Re: Sheet Metal Brake and 3d Printer.
« Last post by WeldingRod on October 17, 2018, 05:05:41 PM »
Oh, my first initial in script: R.

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Project Logs / Re: Sheet Metal Brake and 3d Printer.
« Last post by WeldingRod on October 17, 2018, 05:05:17 PM »
D'oh!  I forgot the attachments are on top!  Yeah, you want the top level!

The bottom plate is for the z zero prox.  I'll take a pic tonight.

Mine has been cranking on a print for two days straight, after the first 36 hour print finished...  full scale, here I come!

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Gallery / Re: Final Lidar Post (I promise) and the Build Video
« Last post by Will_D on October 17, 2018, 05:00:55 PM »
If there was an award for the Mad Project of the Decade [MPoD] I would nominate you!

An amazing achievement!  :mmr:

Chers

Will in Malahide

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How do I?? / Re: Relay timing - MAHO MH400E - gearbox control
« Last post by RotarySMP on October 17, 2018, 04:38:43 PM »
Thanks. Now I am troubleshooting two Heidenhain LS-403 linear encoders with are making trouble.
Mark
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Gallery / Re: Final Lidar Post (I promise) and the Build Video
« Last post by sdezego on October 17, 2018, 02:33:06 PM »
Very impressive all around!
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