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Old 08-14-2007, 12:02 PM
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Default CNC Mills and Lathes Made Affordable

DO you have great CAD skills, but are frustrated with waiting for someone else to cut out your parts?

Please visit our Web site, www.syilamerica.com
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Old 08-14-2007, 11:33 PM
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DO you have great CAD skills, but are frustrated with waiting for someone else to cut out your parts?

Please visit our Web site, www.syilamerica.com
Im frustrated with having great CAD skills, parts cut out by my own CNC (which has a bigger table than the Chinese mill you advertise) and customers wont pay me so I can buy airplane parts, Pat!

Where's the spam button?
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Old 08-14-2007, 11:38 PM
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Clutch, we know just what you mean, I think we can put our old mill on the table of our new mill
Hey, send us your customers emails and we'll send them a nastygram so you can get paid and buy our parts, they're holding up the economy!
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Old 08-15-2007, 10:16 AM
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I think we can put our old mill on the table of our new mill
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Old 08-15-2007, 12:26 PM
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What's the huge panel on the back of the bridgeport?
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Old 08-15-2007, 01:20 PM
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What's the huge panel on the back of the bridgeport?
The one on the back is all the power supplies for the CNC stuff, the one on the side is the logic boards and tape drive. I will take an axe to both shortly, ok, I will gently remove both of them and replace them with my own driver box and PC. The old Bridgeport BOS (Bridgeport Operating System) controls were fine for tape run systems. Since I was planning on removing the controls anyway, we were able to get a huge deal on this one because one of the stepper driver boards was blown. Its otherwise in great shape, the ballscrews, steppers, switches and the mill is mechanically in fine shape. Exactly what I have been looking for the last year. All the parts code I wrote for the mill in the basemet will work with this one as well.
By the way, this thread started as an intor to selling small CNC mills, the opening line was about being great with CAD software etc. I just want to say that while I have and use all kinds of exotic design software I rarely use it to write code for making parts. My favorite piece of software for writing parts programs is the Notepad text editor that comes with Windows. A G-code file is nothing different than a round trip cross country flight plan, you know where you are starting from, you go from 3D waypoint to 3D waypoint, Lat/Long/Alt. this is no different except instead of the prerequesite of knowing how to fly a plane, you need to be a good machinist FIRST.
Knowing how to write out a round trip cross country flight plan will not make you a pilot any more than knowing how to program a CNC machine will make you able to make a part. Take a class at the local vocational school first before you hurt yourself, damage the machine or waste a lot of material.
Get the basics behind you and you will enjoy a machine like Patrick is offering a lot more.
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Old 08-16-2007, 11:28 PM
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Affordable CNC

I am busy changing my minimill and lathe to CNC. I get a couple of hours each weekend to work on it as I travel a lot during the week.The main power supply, drives and controller are installed. Next weekend I will assemble minor power supply (5V, 24 V) and then on to the mill and lathe. Cheap? Never. Fun... ? Absolutely

I used Gecko 203V drives and G 100 controller. I find the backup knowledge in the usergroups very good. I will use Mach 3 software.

Attached is my "lean and mean" prototype

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Old 08-17-2007, 07:06 AM
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Great work Hennie,
and I like that you are using a PC case for the control box, I am doing the same thing after looking at the prices for a rack mount case I found rack mount PC cases for a fraction of that on Ebay so I did the same thing though I use Gecko G-210's. The new G-203's are attractive.

I look forward to hearing about your adventures once they are up and running.
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Old 08-17-2007, 03:50 PM
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I used AL-1016 chassis, but my application was a bit more pedestrian. I mounted computers in them.
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Old 08-17-2007, 04:45 PM
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Falcon, thats really nice, what does it do?
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Old 08-20-2007, 03:49 AM
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[quote=Cozy Girrrl;52255]Great work Hennie,
"and I like that you are using a PC case for the control box, I am doing the same thing"

In Perth Australia people leave unused stuff on the sidewalk certain times. My son and I picked this up, removed the power supply bracket and mounted it on the floor of the box. The capacitors will go in there to provide a little protection for the rest of the hardware.

"The new G-203's are attractive." Yes and quite fool-proof

IMy end goal is to set up a router to do finishing of the Cozy with. I am a bit lazy in the sanding department. Long way off though...

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Old 08-20-2007, 11:58 PM
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I wish we could all collaborate and design a new CNC version of the loom Aircraft Spruce uses to weave the spar cap tape with. The machine they have is like a bazillion years old, it's cantankerous, designed by a dropout of the German V2 rocket program or something. It does terrible work, breaks down frequently, deposits globs of lube on the tape etc etc etc.
But till it is superceded with something better it is still the best game in town.
I know plenty about manual loom construction for weaving cloth and rugs, this seems like a fun project if I ever had the time (which I do not).
I fear that the machine will crash again and people will be without tape for awhile again. Having an alternative would help builders and Spruce.
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Old 08-21-2007, 09:58 AM
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we do have an alternative. just buy the material in spools and set up a carriage at the end of the spar cap you are doing.

i think that is the way rego burger did it years and years ago i think and i mean think he had 9 spools
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Old 08-21-2007, 10:23 AM
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That would be going backwards Dust.
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Old 08-21-2007, 10:27 AM
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For me it would have been going forwards!

the roll of "tape" i received from AS&S was a tangled MESS. It would have been a simple matter to grab 9 strands and pull them to position, lay them down, wet out and comb than the untangling we had to do.
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