Mazak Dinosaur Progress & Questions

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07 Aug 2014 07:38 #49569 by Zahnrad Kopf
Wow. Wonderful stuff! Congratulations. More videos!

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07 Aug 2014 17:42 #49574 by BigJohnT

Next questions:
  1. Is there a way to make the Tool icons bigger in Axis (so my touchscreen is easier to use


Axis is a keyboard and mouse GUI, Touchy and Gomcopy (however is it spelled) are touch screen GUI's.

JT

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07 Aug 2014 21:36 #49579 by Poma

Axis is a keyboard and mouse GUI, Touchy and Gomcopy (however is it spelled) are touch screen GUI's.

JT


It just looked so silly to have Touchy running on a 15-inch screen with 1024 resolution. Heck, each button was 3" across! My fingers are fat, but not that fat. Maybe on a 6" touchscreen. I did bump the resolution down a bit to make the Axis buttons appear bigger.

I don't recall seeing Gomcopy, though. I'll keep it in mind. Thanks!

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07 Aug 2014 23:04 #49581 by Poma
Here's a shot of what's going on with the spindle:
vid.me/BJK

And a picture of the re-purposed cabinet. I reused the air-air heat exchanger from the Mazak. The buttons are: Control power, E-Stop indicator, E-stop button (1 of 4 placed around the machine), and E-stop reset. The e-stop chain is a dual-channel category-0 system. So the main contactors are all opened, the drives are all given a seperate emergency stop signal (Safe-Torque Off), and EMC is also given the e-stop command.

The spindle motor is the very same 15HP, 4000 rpm Mitsubishi from the original mazak.

It takes 45 minutes to make a single pass, usually 3 passes per side (top and bottom) at 0.040" each pass.

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08 Aug 2014 08:31 #49591 by johns00056
That is quite an unusual machine. Did it start out as a milling machine?

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08 Aug 2014 22:42 #49603 by Poma
Yes, I think it was a bridge mill back in the 80's.

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10 Aug 2014 19:10 #49654 by andypugh
I only just put together "Poma" and "Aerial ropeways"
I suspect I have had many opportunities to rely on your work.

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