1. Ok, the basic height control project is complete, but got sidetracked by the advanced height control project. I will loop back and update this as soon as I can get back to it.

Stationary Router Mount

Discussion in 'Basic Height Control' started by SignTorch, 6/9/14.

  1. SignTorch

    SignTorch Artist

    Roles:
    • Vinyl CuttingVinyl Cutting, CNC RouterCNC Router, Designer / ArtistDesigner / Artist, Hobby / PersonalHobby / Personal
    Brands:
    • Corel DrawCorel Draw, Adobe PhotoshopAdobe Photoshop, V-Carve ProV-Carve Pro
    Location:
    Vidor, TX
    Ok, I can live without a plasma table, but not without a router. And, I can get by with a small router, better than a big one, to make mostly small precision parts. So I established a little 2x3 router bed on the Z axis, and a removable stationary router mount, complete with closed loop router speed control, automatic tool height sensor plates, and usb alignment camera, all on the same BOB as the plasma, just using a different mach3 profile, which swaps the Y and Z axxii, uses different spindle output pins, and has a different home position.

    In this case the tool is grounded, so the tool touch plates on the bed are isolated and work just like the ohmic shield on the torch, same wiring, so the router bed can just stay on the Z axis, and doesn't interfere with plasma cutting. I just need to refine the router mount cross bar to click in place and plug in. Now I can make a circuit board to better test the initial torch height sensor circuit, which is working good so far, so it's taking shape. Now, if I can just get it to mow the grass it'll be pretty handy. I'm liking the plasma cutter, I didn't realize what all I could make with it. I haven't even cut any art yet. Still needs ATHC....

    I had to do some whittling on the Z to get a full 2" of travel out of it, 2" x 3" is the minimum travel I needed for my largest circuit board fixture.

     
  2. SeanP

    SeanP member

    Roles:
    • Plasma CuttingPlasma Cutting
    Brands:
    • Corel DrawCorel Draw, HyperThermHyperTherm, Adobe IllustratorAdobe Illustrator, Mach3Mach3, Adobe PhotoshopAdobe Photoshop, SheetCAMSheetCAM
    Location:
    Co Kerry, Ireland
    Wow that's impressive stuff, never seen that done before, you are coming up with some really good ideas, nice work.
     

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