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by alextaylor23
Wed 16 Jan , 2019 23:30 pm
Forum: Triac
Topic: Occasional Weird spindle noise [video]
Replies: 4
Views: 900

Re: Occasional Weird spindle noise [video]

Thanks i will give it a look!
by alextaylor23
Tue 06 Feb , 2018 14:57 pm
Forum: Triac
Topic: Power drawbar upgrade
Replies: 11
Views: 1993

Re: Power drawbar upgrade

I am also possibly interested in this! Following!
by alextaylor23
Tue 06 Feb , 2018 14:54 pm
Forum: Triac
Topic: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper
Replies: 43
Views: 5673

Re: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper

Dubstar, So if you take your OHM meter across the 0V and 0-10V on the sprint card it smooths out? That's really interesting and makes me believe it would be noise also? I did have something interesting happen the other day related to this topic. As you know I upgraded my homing sensors and everythin...
by alextaylor23
Fri 08 Sep , 2017 13:11 pm
Forum: Triac
Topic: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper
Replies: 43
Views: 5673

Re: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper

Seems like this thread has lost some interest. Anyways I ran my first part last night with my conversion. Everything is done except my spindle reverse problem mentioned above. I have a few other little quirks I have to figure out, such as the toolpath not showing in Mach 4, but that is a different d...
by alextaylor23
Thu 31 Aug , 2017 2:06 am
Forum: Triac
Topic: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper
Replies: 43
Views: 5673

Re: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper

So I figured out why my spindle would not drop below a specific value. I had to adjust the minimum rpm screw on the Sprint spindle board. By looking at the voltage across the tach wires and knowing 9.5v DC = 1000 rpm...I was able to get the speeds close by setting the spindle speed in Mach (m3 s1000...
by alextaylor23
Fri 25 Aug , 2017 1:56 am
Forum: Triac
Topic: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper
Replies: 43
Views: 5673

Re: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper

So I have two questions regarding spindle setup. My spindle responds to m3 and from the sounds of it reaches close to the 4000rpm... But if I set the RPM very low, say 250... It does not appear to go slow enough. If I put in a spindle speed of 10... It still spins the same speed as 250rpm. Why does ...
by alextaylor23
Fri 18 Aug , 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Triac
Topic: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper
Replies: 43
Views: 5673

Re: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper

So I got the spindle hooked up and spinning but I am encountering something I can't explain. When the spindle wires are not connected into the BOB, I get 10v between the spindle ground and the spindle +10v... The minute I plug in the wires into the BOB the voltage between the spindle ground and the ...
by alextaylor23
Tue 15 Aug , 2017 15:00 pm
Forum: Triac
Topic: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper
Replies: 43
Views: 5673

Re: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper

Thanks moray. I ordered the same proximity sensors you did. Hopefully I will get them in the next few days and install them this weekend.
by alextaylor23
Sat 12 Aug , 2017 14:55 pm
Forum: Triac
Topic: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper
Replies: 43
Views: 5673

Re: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper

So I decided to do the conversion to Mach 4 also. I started hooking things up last night and I think everything is making sense except I am a little confused and cautious with the spindle board. If I look at the writing on the spindle board pin 1 says +10v, pin 2 says min (ground?), And pin 3 says I...
by alextaylor23
Thu 03 Aug , 2017 18:06 pm
Forum: Triac
Topic: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper
Replies: 43
Views: 5673

Re: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper

After a little research I have answered my questions about proximity sensors being the homing sensors and the output voltage is dependent on what power supply you use to power the output signals. I still haven't looked to see if my proximity sensors are 3 wire or not, or traced the wires to determin...
by alextaylor23
Tue 01 Aug , 2017 3:06 am
Forum: Triac
Topic: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper
Replies: 43
Views: 5673

Re: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper

Moray, I read through most of your post on CNC... Very nice write up! Unfortunately at this point I don't understand it all :shock: . I am hoping to make the conversion as simple as possible, much like the OP. From what I understand, the leadshine mx3660 does Allow you to replace an individual drive...
by alextaylor23
Sat 29 Jul , 2017 0:52 am
Forum: Triac
Topic: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper
Replies: 43
Views: 5673

Re: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper

Moray, thanks for the info! Very informative. After a little more reading I am considering the leadshine mx3660... It has better drivers than the gecko and more I/O...And since I live in the States it is pretty reasonable. The only downside is it appears it is 5v signal logic. Then in thinking of pa...
by alextaylor23
Fri 28 Jul , 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Triac
Topic: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper
Replies: 43
Views: 5673

Re: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper

After doing a little more reading it seems like the g540 might be a good choice. I didn't realize the smooth steppers could run multiple BOBs if needed (told you I was new at this!). Do you have specs on the current steppers? How did you decide on a 48V power supply? What amperage?
by alextaylor23
Thu 27 Jul , 2017 17:23 pm
Forum: Triac
Topic: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper
Replies: 43
Views: 5673

Re: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper

Well knowing you had the same issues I am running into really makes me want to give this a shot. Though looking at the input/output limitations for the gecko 540 I am thinking it may be better to go a different route with the BOB. Maybe a pmdx or something.... They seem to have plug and go pieces to...
by alextaylor23
Wed 26 Jul , 2017 15:15 pm
Forum: Triac
Topic: Denford Triac VMC mill boot disc
Replies: 7
Views: 1392

Re: Denford Triac VMC mill boot disc

My triac is not dos, but my micromill is. You can get the legacy software here.

http://website.denford.ltd.uk/dos-vinta ... formation/

I'm guessing the "triac.zip" is what you need
by alextaylor23
Wed 26 Jul , 2017 15:08 pm
Forum: Triac
Topic: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper
Replies: 43
Views: 5673

Re: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper

Looks good! First part I made recently too was also a holder for the easy change tool holders. You seemed to have finished this quickly... It gives me confidence maybe I can do it. So all you purchased was the smooth stepper and the gecko 540? Anything else needed to make the conversion besides buyi...
by alextaylor23
Wed 19 Jul , 2017 15:20 pm
Forum: Triac
Topic: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper
Replies: 43
Views: 5673

Re: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper

That's good! So the gecko 540 was able to interface with the original spindle controller easily? From everything I have read this is where most people have problems. What was the issue with Mach that was causing it not to work?

Are you planning on replacing the steppers?
by alextaylor23
Mon 17 Jul , 2017 22:05 pm
Forum: Triac
Topic: Occasional Weird spindle noise [video]
Replies: 4
Views: 900

Re: Occasional Weird spindle noise [video]

So that was my initial thought also. I have taken off the cover and it is a pretty simple setup. From what I can see there are only bearings for the spindle, which feel tight with my hands, but that doesn't mean that still couldn't be going bad?
by alextaylor23
Mon 17 Jul , 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Triac
Topic: Occasional Weird spindle noise [video]
Replies: 4
Views: 900

Occasional Weird spindle noise [video]

Hi all, I am somewhat new here with my triac and everything seems to be going well except occasionally the spindle makes some weird noises. I uploaded a video to YouTube the first half is the noise which happens occasionally (maybe for 5 mins every hour) and the second half is how it sounds the rest...
by alextaylor23
Fri 07 Jul , 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Triac
Topic: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper
Replies: 43
Views: 5673

Re: Mach4 Conversation - Gecko G540 - Smoothstepper

I just got a triac recently running on VR milling...I will be following to see how hard this is. It might be on my list of things to do in the near future.