Search found 41 matches

by oyoung
Thu 13 Dec , 2012 17:55 pm
Forum: QuickCAM 3D/PRO/4D
Topic: Quickcam Pro time taken for cutting?
Replies: 5
Views: 5225

Re: Quickcam Pro time taken for cutting?

Thanks Admin. I suppose what I really wanted was a little box underneath that purpley preview saying this will take x hours/minutes. Surely as the software runs through simulation it can time itself? (Boxford Geocam did/does... :wink: )... even if it is a relative time - some kind of estimation is s...
by oyoung
Wed 12 Dec , 2012 22:41 pm
Forum: QuickCAM 3D/PRO/4D
Topic: Quickcam Pro time taken for cutting?
Replies: 5
Views: 5225

Quickcam Pro time taken for cutting?

Hello - is there a way to determine how long a particular toolpath will take to cut? Sometimes something looks good until you realise it has a squilllion lines will take till next wednesday. Thanks
by oyoung
Fri 30 Nov , 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: Novamill
Topic: Alternative to QuickCAM 2D?
Replies: 2
Views: 1866

Re: Alternative to QuickCAM 2D?

That's absolutely fantastic, just what I wanted to hear. Well done Denford! :fireworks:

That dxf wizard does exactly what is required, and saves having to faff about with yet another piece of software.
by oyoung
Thu 29 Nov , 2012 23:03 pm
Forum: Novamill
Topic: Alternative to QuickCAM 2D?
Replies: 2
Views: 1866

Alternative to QuickCAM 2D?

Hello- Due to a HoD whose focus is elsewhere, I'm looking for a FREE piece of software that will do a 2/2.5D toolpath (*.fnc) that I can run in VR Milling on my Novamill. I know QuickCAM Pro (which we have) will do a waterline cut that will emulate this, but I'm looking for a simpler option. Is ther...
by oyoung
Wed 30 May , 2012 22:49 pm
Forum: Novamill
Topic: Novamill hangs
Replies: 25
Views: 6149

Re: Novamill hangs

I have taken the cable straight in the box and into the baldor card. The internal cable passed right next to the mains cable inside - though why it has suddenly started causing a problem I don't know.

Hopefully, that'll be it then... :roll: :P
by oyoung
Wed 30 May , 2012 22:45 pm
Forum: Novamill
Topic: Novamill Part names
Replies: 3
Views: 1782

Re: Novamill Part names

I took the thing apart and it seemed, according to this http://www.denfordata.com/bb/download/file.php?id=766 that part RM1/715A has become slightly bent at the top and rotates with a slight wobble, if that's the technical term. It fouls on part RM7/105 and that's what is growling. I gave it a seein...
by oyoung
Wed 30 May , 2012 14:57 pm
Forum: Novamill
Topic: Novamill Part names
Replies: 3
Views: 1782

Novamill Part names

Hi Can someone please clarify which part is the 'Headstock' and which part is the 'Axis Bearings'? I am trying to maintain/lubricate the thing. Is 'Headstock' the main spindle? Presumably the spindle and the spindle motor have bearings that will both need renewing after several miles of wear? Are th...
by oyoung
Wed 30 May , 2012 13:27 pm
Forum: Novamill
Topic: Novamill hangs
Replies: 25
Views: 6149

Re: Novamill hangs

I'll try your suggestion Admin;

Martin - thanks. Is there a diagram that will show the parts you describe?

Also, just now I've been having a little box pop up with 'device driver call failed', before a 'type B' hang.
by oyoung
Wed 30 May , 2012 12:07 pm
Forum: Novamill
Topic: Novamill hangs
Replies: 25
Views: 6149

Re: Novamill hangs

Hello again! Still have the problem, I'm afraid. I've replaced the USB cable and the PC, new install of all software including easyinstaller and checked the firmware of the novamill. Still hanging. For what it's worth, there seems to be two types of 'hang', both result in cutter movement, but no x, ...
by oyoung
Thu 19 Apr , 2012 8:28 am
Forum: Novamill
Topic: Novamill hangs
Replies: 25
Views: 6149

Re: Novamill hangs

The USB cable was coiled around a whole load of mains cables. I've unravelled it and tried the machine, and it completed a job without the problem. Let's hope that's cured it!

If I don't post here again, many thanks for all your patient help and suggestions 8)
by oyoung
Wed 18 Apr , 2012 15:31 pm
Forum: Novamill
Topic: Novamill hangs
Replies: 25
Views: 6149

Re: Novamill hangs

Hi - tried easy upgrade, everything checks out (see image) Also loaded the latest version of VR milling - downloaded today. Still hangs. It worked for a few minutes, then it got to the point where it would only do 1 line of code at a time before hanging. Any more thoughts most desperately needed! Th...
by oyoung
Wed 28 Mar , 2012 11:57 am
Forum: Novamill
Topic: Novamill hangs
Replies: 25
Views: 6149

Re: Novamill hangs

Hello again Well we've finally got some of the oil and lubed it all up and it's running a treat again :) We have also changed the USB port, as suggested. However the Hanging is still ocurring. It is an intermittent hanging, happening at whim, so I wouldn't think toolpath specific. In fact we're in a...
by oyoung
Mon 12 Mar , 2012 11:37 am
Forum: Novamill
Topic: Novamill hangs
Replies: 25
Views: 6149

Re: Novamill hangs

Thanks Admin. Do you know where I can buy the stuff?!?
by oyoung
Wed 07 Mar , 2012 13:52 pm
Forum: Novamill
Topic: Novamill hangs
Replies: 25
Views: 6149

Re: Novamill hangs

I'll try another USB port, thanks.

BTW: the user manual makes reference to certain lubricants - can't find any reference to them anywhere. Can I use 3 in 1?
by oyoung
Wed 07 Mar , 2012 13:26 pm
Forum: Novamill
Topic: Novamill hangs
Replies: 25
Views: 6149

Re: Novamill hangs

Thanks admin.

I think the 'growling' is vibration/resonance caused by the Z slide, rather than the spindle motor itself, as it runs smoothly when stationary (when it's hanging).

Might this cause a similar prob? I suppose the only way to be really sure is to lube it up and see.
by oyoung
Wed 07 Mar , 2012 8:36 am
Forum: Novamill
Topic: Novamill hangs
Replies: 25
Views: 6149

Re: Novamill hangs

Martin wrote:Is it running on Windows 7?
No - XP.

I'm trying to think what might have changed, because it used to be fine.
by oyoung
Tue 06 Mar , 2012 23:46 pm
Forum: Novamill
Topic: Novamill hangs
Replies: 25
Views: 6149

Re: Novamill hangs

USB and VR Milling v5 (the latest, I think)

I've restarted everything (of course) but need some idea where to troubleshoot.

Tx :)

PS: It's 'growling' a bit (would this make a difference?); tomorrow it's getting lubed to the hilt as per the manual!
by oyoung
Tue 06 Mar , 2012 15:41 pm
Forum: Novamill
Topic: Novamill hangs
Replies: 25
Views: 6149

Novamill hangs

Our Novamill has started stopping. Just hanging there, mid-cut. The control panel of VR milling disappears, and the XYZ stops, and the spindle just stays still cutting the same bit of air till a person has to intervene. It's done it several times today, but never before.

Any thoughts appreciated!
by oyoung
Wed 29 Feb , 2012 15:50 pm
Forum: MicroRouter
Topic: Microrouter Pro X and Y limits
Replies: 4
Views: 2314

Re: Microrouter Pro X and Y limits

Thanks again admin, I'll try that.
by oyoung
Wed 29 Feb , 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: MicroRouter
Topic: Microrouter Pro X and Y limits
Replies: 4
Views: 2314

Re: Microrouter Pro X and Y limits

Thanks for the prompt info; the 'i' button certainly saves some time with regard to identifying issues before they are machined. Perhaps this issue is more to do with Quickcam Pro? The model size is 230mm, and 8mm is added to Extend Model Boundary. This would surely equate to 246mm? With a max trave...