Huzuh! My mill is finally up and running and 100% functional! I wish I could take full credit for getting it all up and working, but I had Frankie stopped by and help me get Mach 3 working and loading the configuration files.
This is probably the biggest tease in my life currently and has been for awhile. All the parts for it arrived in 3 boxes and stared at me and taunted me. I could hear it whisper to me as I slept…”Why won’t you use me…make things with me…OOOooOoOoOO.” Obviously said in a scary ghost voice.
Luckily, It is fully assembled, motors work, Mach3 is all ready to receive gcode. Yet, it still must rest quietly upon its desk until next week sometime when I get a chance to try some operations on it. Talk about unbearable, I am like a 6 year old whose toy has been put on the top shelf so I can’t get at it.
Regardless, I did have fun assembling it; I was able to better understand how the machine operates. These machines are simple but can make some complex things, it is beautiful in a way.
Here are some photos and some explanations of the assembly process.
This is a little knob that gets placed on the back of the motor to allow for some manual control. I found out these were intended for a smaller motor, from what Frankie told me the motors used to be a bit smaller.
The 4th(A) axis this allows for almost full round milling operations. I am beyond excited to try this out. The mills we have at school are only 3 axis.
The mill is moved onto its new table that Bryan and I secured to the wall. The mill is bolted to the table as well to secure it up as much as possible.
As you can see the spindle motor is now attached as well.
That is a gutted Dell Optiplex. I ripped it apart and took out any unnecessary PCI cards and took it out of its case.
In this video I am controlling my mill via the keyboard. This allows me to move the X,Y,Z,A in both the positive and negative direction. Near the end of the video I wanted to see how much effort it would take the mill to crush the pencil. The answer is very little.