Light Machine Corp. Benchman XTr (retrofit)

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25 Nov 2019 17:35 #151237 by x-Intelitek Engineer
The spindle PID loop is controlled entirely inside the DDM-019 based on the +/- 10V from the computer.
The encoder signals were brought back into the nextmove system for rigid-tapping type operations where we would slave the Z-axis to the spindle rotation.
The DDM-019 analog feedback lines were used to monitor the spindle speed and the spindle load.
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26 Nov 2019 02:57 #151279 by james891
Thanks for clarifying that! Much appreciated. I got it to move with a 1.5V battery after I set the motor enable. Any idea why, with no command voltage, it makes a high pitch noise and spins at very low rpm? Do i need to tweak the PID in the controller or is there an easier method (since I don't have a serial port XP laptop)? Should the spindle enable be on when the cnc turns on or just when turing on the spindle?

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27 Nov 2019 15:14 #151353 by x-Intelitek Engineer
Even a few millivolts on the command line will make the spindle spin very slowly.
Do not enable the spindle until you are ready to run it.
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03 Dec 2019 10:46 #151833 by james891
Ok makes sense, thanks. Do you know what the clocking/anti-rotate pins in the spindle and tool changer carousel are for? I'm onto programming the toolchanger and it would make the program much easier if I didn't have to home the spindle rotation, I'm thinking of removing those pins.

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03 Dec 2019 14:09 #151866 by x-Intelitek Engineer
The anti-rotate pin is exactly that. With the cylindrical shaft on the toolholder, there is significant force on the toolholder during heavy machining and we found that the toolholder could slip inside the drawbar. The addition of the anti-rotate pin addressed this specific issue. It did however make the toolchange procedure more complex as you now have to rotate the pin in and out of the locking position. If you are not doing heavy machining with larger tools (> ≈ 3/16" dia) or machining that requires z-axis slaving, you are probably ok to remove the pin.
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04 Dec 2019 11:00 #151971 by james891
Ok thanks! Knowing that, Ill probably go the extra mile and use the clocking pins, I would like to machine with larger than 3/16" dia at times. Thanks for the insight!

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12 Feb 2020 11:13 #157159 by james891
Hi there,
My machine is 98% complete, tool changer took the longest. Just wondering what does the 2nd prox going into the spindle to? One is for spindle orientation and the other I can't seem to find information on.

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12 Feb 2020 13:25 #157177 by x-Intelitek Engineer
The second sensor monitors the drawbar. We don't want to start the spindle while the drawbar is open.
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07 May 2020 02:08 #166926 by MacGalempsy
Hey guys! Wow! There has been a lot going on here since the last time I had time to mess around with my BenchmanXT. My machine is back home and its time for me to get back on it. At this point, I have everything except the spindle indexing connected to the 5i25-7i77. The machine runs on 3 axis, but I could not get the 4th axis to tune properly. If anyone has gotten the tool changer ladder program figured out, I would love to collaborate some to get mine going, too! Glad to see you guys are keeping the dream alive :)

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07 May 2020 15:02 #166970 by james891
Hi Mac,
I got mine going thanks to all the info on here. Not sure I did it the best way(I wasted an axis) but I took the servo and encoder from the ATC board, hooked it into the 4th axes controller(which had nothing connected to it) to make it A axis and I remapped m6 with a custom macro to do the tool change. It was all there, the only thing I had to do was add a prox for A axis home. Let me know if you need more info.

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