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07 Aug 2017 15:24 #97107 by CBRPER
CBRPER created the topic: Why Fight it?
I own a Tormach 1100 mill. I upgrade the motors and VFD and ended up with a extra machine control board. www.tormach.com/store/index.php?app=ecom&ns=prodshow&ref=31045
I also upgraded to PathPilot, I bought the $715.00 controller and have a restore CD.
I'm building a PC to mirror the PathPilot controller to the "T". I have a Fadal TRM with dead contol.
My plan is to run it with PathPilot and use ClearPath motors. I see a lot of guys digging deep into PathPilot to make it work on non Tormach machines.
Since I have a control board will I have all the issues everyone else is having getting PathPilot to run another machine?
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07 Aug 2017 17:49 #97118 by smgvbest
smgvbest replied the topic: Why Fight it?
You should be fine. you probably will need to tweak some things in the INI file to match your machine/motors but everything else should be good.

We have to do so much because we don't' have the Tormach control board.
And the further we wonder off the path the more we have to do.

I actually thought doing a DYI Tormach control board could make life easier on many.
But, I dont' know if you could sell it, or even open source it. legal stuff yuk

wouldn't stop me from doing my own, just my ability to share.
Thought of it more for a Mill than a lathe though.

Could I ask a big favor?
Could you take some good high res close up shots of the board (both sides) and send to me or post them?
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07 Aug 2017 18:03 #97119 by CBRPER
CBRPER replied the topic: Why Fight it?
Got to get my son ready for meet the teacher this afternoon.
I will be take some good pic's so you can read and relay#'s.

I'm not on the level you guys are but i was thinking, what if the control board could be duplicated via Arduino or something like that. Just post the program and let the guys buy the parts and build it there self?
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07 Aug 2017 23:29 - 07 Aug 2017 23:37 #97134 by CBRPER
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07 Aug 2017 23:45 - 07 Aug 2017 23:46 #97136 by CBRPER
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07 Aug 2017 23:53 #97138 by CBRPER
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I have some nice .JPG pic I took with my phone. I've tryed to upload then with my phone I've tried to upload the with my desk top but all i can see is a gray. If you want to send me your # I'll txt them to you or I'll email them.
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08 Aug 2017 03:34 - 08 Aug 2017 03:41 #97157 by CBRPER
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13 Aug 2017 16:32 #97413 by smgvbest
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Thanks for the pics.
there is only one component I can't make out but I'm sure it's a 12V regulator and that's the one near TP9. the black rectangular part. Otherwise this is a basic BOB with some code running on the PIC/AVR (i'll bet on a AVR for aurdinio) but could be wrong. code would mainly be handling the Limit switch -> freq conversion and the ATC maybe.
if that's the case you dont' need to reproduce the whole board. just the Limit switch and ATC code.
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17 Aug 2017 21:45 #97676 by CBRPER
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If you want I can email you some nice hi res pic's. When I try to upload them here they have issues. I can email then to you if you like. I've sent one set to a guy already.
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18 Sep 2017 18:34 #99095 by gryphon68
gryphon68 replied the topic: Why Fight it?
Are you planning to drop the Rigid Tapping feature that the Fadal most likely had before it's controller quit?

The Tormach BOB is probably not capable of handling a spindle encoder pulse.
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