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12 Oct 2021 08:09 #222905 by anfänger
I wanted to to improve a bit on my workshop so I decides to knock a hole in my rear wall:





and patch it up with a beam and a window





The main problem with this is, that I took some days off at wirkt to do it and spent to much time on eBay, so I ended up buying a „new“ machine.

so after finishing the window project it was time to rearrange my machines to make space for the new member of my family



Now i am sitting here at work wan waiting like a little kid for next two weeks to pass, and the machine to arrive:



Not really sure in what condition she is, the control throws an error message, which needs investigating. So not sure if there will be a retrofit to LinuxCNC necessary. She already got a 4th axis, so a lot of new opportunities come up
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12 Oct 2021 20:10 #222969 by tommylight
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Very nice, and get help ! :)
Really, get help, you are becoming like me (and some others here i will not mention) ! :)
That is a joke.
Looks like a nice machine, looking forward to seeing how it ends up after you have a go at it.
Yesterday i was offered a Hurco 20 i retrofitted a while back, free of charge just have to finish everything they need on it for eternity, the NO out of my mouth was so fast, my teeth almost flew off!

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13 Oct 2021 06:41 - 13 Oct 2021 06:43 #223006 by anfänger
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I need this to compensate for my normal job, wich is mostly E-Mail work, you don‘t really see what you are doing. In the workshop this is different. You see what you do.
Everything’s started with a shared workshop a long time ago.
The friend from back then, now will have some space for a workshop, so he will get all of my small machines, one torch, the old welder and a bunch of other stuff, basically everything from our first workshop.
The new mill is a replacement for the manual mill. On my cnc I can‘t really access the work under the spindle for sketchy setups :dry: . This will be better at the picomax and with the 4t axis I have everything I need (at least this is what I tell me everyday since I bought it)

Btw. My therapist gave up on my a long time ago. Most of my friend think I am a maniac. But that’s the comforting thing about the internet, you know there are people out there with the same problem… :whistle:
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15 Oct 2021 22:00 #223241 by my1987toyota
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WOW to have that much space to work with is amazing.

PS. it's not you, the rest of the world is crazy.

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22 Oct 2021 09:44 #223894 by anfänger
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The space is the luxury of living in a small village. It‘s cheaper here and still just 20 min by car to work.

The downside is it‘s not heated, so the machines tend to rust a bit from oct to feb. But it getting better. And when the barn gets a new roof the roof of the workshop will get insulated, so it will get better then. In the meantime oil and fluid film help a lot.

Today the machine was loaded at the seller





Monday I have a day off for unloading. Then I can check if it will be a small fix, small control retrofit or full retrofit.
I hope for small fix to get her run quickly. Small retrofit, so just changing the control to Mesa an LinuxCNC would be ok to. Even convenient cause then I can use a tool length sensor.
Would have some challenges with 4th axis and the height adjustments for the head. The rest should be straight forward.

Sadly it has a SF32 spindle not the SK30, so I can’t share tools with my Chiron.
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25 Oct 2021 16:29 #224279 by anfänger
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she is here now:



and seams to be alive, but has lost her parameters (the batteries were more than empty)



so next step is to enter the parameters and see if she runs. The Monitor is quite dark and has definitely seen better days. So the plan is, if she runs, to get her to know and prepare for a control retrofit. To be ready when the monitor dies.
There is more tan enough space in the old control box and the cabinet looks really wenn organized:

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29 Oct 2021 11:10 #224640 by my1987toyota
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  Is the electrical cabinet direct air cooled or is it using a heat sink system?

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30 Oct 2021 08:32 #224706 by anfänger
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It‘s simply aircooled, nothing fancy.

She stand on her own feet now:

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Next week it will try to reset the parameters and se if I gan get her to move And see if I can breathe some more life into the monitor. I will prepare the LinuxCNC retrofit in case the monitor dies on me. Cause I am not willing to pay 600€ or more for an replacement.
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30 Oct 2021 16:04 #224718 by Clive S
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It‘s simply aircooled, nothing fancy.

She stand on her own feet now:


If the monitor is dark an old tip is if you gently tap the neck of the tube near the heater this will knock a bit of crap of the cathode This has to be done with the monitor on ie heater on.. At your own risk of course

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30 Oct 2021 16:24 #224719 by tommylight
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@Clive,
You had to go there ... :)
On the back of the CRT there is a detachable board, find the two pins that power the heater inside the tube, cut those lines then take a long piece of whatever thin isolated wire and wind it twice around the ferite part of the high voltage transformer and solder the ends to those two pins on the tube side.
That will bring it back nicely, but it will not last long.
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