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by MadeForThat
Tue 15 Oct , 2019 14:34 pm
Forum: NovaTurn
Topic: Air chuck for novaturn
Replies: 4
Views: 68

Re: Air chuck for novaturn

Hi Steve,
Do you happen to have any pictures or diagrams of the air chuck? Was this machined by denford, or was it a sourced chuck?
by MadeForThat
Thu 03 Oct , 2019 15:14 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: USB to RS232 adapter
Replies: 2
Views: 431

Re: USB to RS232 adapter

well I don't know if you are still checking this, or if you ever got an answer, but this adapter has been working for me with windows 10 and vr milling 5 as well as Vr Turning: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DYNNUS8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 if that link doesnt work in t...
by MadeForThat
Wed 02 Oct , 2019 14:33 pm
Forum: NovaTurn
Topic: Air chuck for novaturn
Replies: 4
Views: 68

Re: Air chuck for novaturn

Guess I'm probably going to make a pneumatic collet closer instead! This may be a stupid question, but is the spindle face a standard size? I don't have it in front of me to measure the hole spacing and such, but it seems like there aught to be a collet holder that fits the face.
by MadeForThat
Tue 01 Oct , 2019 23:03 pm
Forum: Micromill / Microturn
Topic: Adding a 4th axis to micromill
Replies: 10
Views: 145

Re: Adding a 4th axis to micromill

More power did the trick! I used a laptop power supply, giving 19.5v at 4 amp. Much more than required, but within the range that both the motor and the controller could function. Wiring in the new supply was easy, I ended up just running it in parallel with the ac transformer, as this is controlled...
by MadeForThat
Sat 28 Sep , 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Micromill / Microturn
Topic: Adding a 4th axis to micromill
Replies: 10
Views: 145

Re: Adding a 4th axis to micromill

We have motion!! Tonight I got it all wired up and turning! It seems to struggle with torque, so I am starting to regret wiring my stepper in bipolar series (lower power consumption and torque) I plan to try hooking in a new power supply for that drive, as I would like to make sure it is maxed out o...
by MadeForThat
Thu 26 Sep , 2019 18:10 pm
Forum: Micromill / Microturn
Topic: Adding a 4th axis to micromill
Replies: 10
Views: 145

Re: Adding a 4th axis to micromill

Well I always seem to think things will just fall into place. Here is another minor detail I need to sort. my stepper driver is for a 4 wire bipolar motor. I have an 8 wire stepper, wired into 5 wires with a ground for a total of 6 wires in the cable. This is a cool opportunity to learn about bipola...
by MadeForThat
Thu 26 Sep , 2019 17:59 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Corrosion and rs232 performance
Replies: 4
Views: 34

Re: Corrosion and rs232 performance

I'm not sure I said anything you probably didn't already know, but hopefully you can get it cleaned up. That reminds me that I need to either remove my batteries or spray a coating around it for when this inevitably happens to mine! Let us know if you can get it back to functional :)
by MadeForThat
Wed 25 Sep , 2019 16:37 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Corrosion and rs232 performance
Replies: 4
Views: 34

Re: Corrosion and rs232 performance

Hi Barry, I would suspect the chips are fine, but i would be concerned about the small traces that are pretty toasty as circled below. if there arent that many that are bad, you might be able to just run solder over the trace to make a track, or jump a little wire from point to point. Cant say for s...
by MadeForThat
Wed 25 Sep , 2019 16:31 pm
Forum: NovaTurn
Topic: Air chuck for novaturn
Replies: 4
Views: 68

Air chuck for novaturn

I have read somewhere that some of the fancy novaturns had a couple of pneumatic goodies, I am interested in attempting to get an air chuck working on mine in conjunction with a bar puller to make a semi autonomous machine. Im pretty far out from that point, but I was hopeful to find some info about...
by MadeForThat
Tue 24 Sep , 2019 14:27 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: "downgrading" from nextstep to denstep
Replies: 17
Views: 107

Re: "downgrading" from nextstep to denstep

While investigating, it seems the "spindle on" command will simply turn the spindle on to the minimum speed defined under "machine parameters." In my head I beleived the front spindle speed would adjust the speed between the minimum and maximum speed, but in reality, it scales the speed around the m...
by MadeForThat
Mon 23 Sep , 2019 14:47 pm
Forum: Micromill / Microturn
Topic: Adding a 4th axis to micromill
Replies: 10
Views: 145

Re: Adding a 4th axis to micromill

Everything seems to work great! I will be wiring in everything this week, and i will be able to do some testing next weekend!
by MadeForThat
Mon 23 Sep , 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Software
Topic: Odd interactions between VR turning and VR milling
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: Odd interactions between VR turning and VR milling

So after a few other attempts I tried this: Install and got Vr Milling functional and connected, then install VR Turn in a different directory. I used Program files(x86)/Denford for Vr Milling, and Program Files(x86)/Denford2 for Turning. I dont know if the files are overwriting each other when inst...
by MadeForThat
Mon 23 Sep , 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: "downgrading" from nextstep to denstep
Replies: 17
Views: 107

Re: "downgrading" from nextstep to denstep

So the swap was a success for the lathe, and mostly a success for the mill! (don't have spindle speed control yet on mill) I will be investigating this week.
by MadeForThat
Thu 19 Sep , 2019 21:16 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: "downgrading" from nextstep to denstep
Replies: 17
Views: 107

Re: "downgrading" from nextstep to denstep

good question! I have not tried to use the motor with it on there, in this case I was using it to check runnout, then stuck it to the cabinet shortly after!
by MadeForThat
Thu 19 Sep , 2019 21:09 pm
Forum: Micromill / Microturn
Topic: Adding a 4th axis to micromill
Replies: 10
Views: 145

Re: Adding a 4th axis to micromill

Yeah, i was actually wondering if there were more settings than what are accessible to change under machine parameters? If not I think i can just take some pictures of the micromill parameter pages, edit the novamill to match, and then select novamill as the device. No need to even open a .mex. That...
by MadeForThat
Thu 19 Sep , 2019 15:59 pm
Forum: Software
Topic: Odd interactions between VR turning and VR milling
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Odd interactions between VR turning and VR milling

So for background: I have freshly swapped a novaturn with a denstep card and a micromill with a nextstep card. Vr milling v5 works great on a fresh install, can connect to mill and jog. Now when Vr turning is installed, is when things get complicated. I could connect to the novaturn, and home it, bu...
by MadeForThat
Thu 19 Sep , 2019 14:51 pm
Forum: Micromill / Microturn
Topic: Adding a 4th axis to micromill
Replies: 10
Views: 145

Re: Adding a 4th axis to micromill

So if you were thinking that this seems to easy--> you were right... I was able to get the mill jogging with the nextstep card, and i was getting pretty excited that it was going to be easier than I thought. When I went to enable the 4th axis, I was unsurprisingly hit with the error pictured below. ...
by MadeForThat
Wed 18 Sep , 2019 22:17 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: "downgrading" from nextstep to denstep
Replies: 17
Views: 107

Re: "downgrading" from nextstep to denstep

good call on just having separate mouse and key pads... I would be able to get rid of most of the arm's bulk then, and I am a big fan of that idea.
by MadeForThat
Wed 18 Sep , 2019 22:14 pm
Forum: Micromill / Microturn
Topic: Adding Mist Sprayer to Micromill
Replies: 2
Views: 31

Re: Adding Mist Sprayer to Micromill

Thanks TDI, I would do flood if it wasn't so much work lol. After doing all this, I'm not sure it really would have been much more! perhaps The novaturn will get the flood treatment.... it has the perfect container for it
by MadeForThat
Wed 18 Sep , 2019 15:40 pm
Forum: Software
Topic: Running Old VR Turning on Windows 10
Replies: 2
Views: 38

Re: Running Old VR Turning on Windows 10

I think I will be doing a fair bit of documenting haha. I am going to be adding some features and such that hopefully others find useful.