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PostSubject: questions?   Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:24 pm

Is there a turn key solution for a pc to run Mach3?

What would be my best build if I do it myself?

Its in an open hop so its going to have to be in some type of weather tight inclosesure.

This is for a smothstepper system STDR-4c with ethernet smothstepper on a Taig mill.

CamBam or D2nc or something else?

One step closer to ordering just sold my old Shoptask 3in1 its on its way to a new home.
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PostSubject: Re: questions?   Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:33 pm

You want to put the STDR-4C and PC both in a weather tight enclosure?

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PostSubject: Re: questions?   Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:17 pm

Its an open shop so I have to go with a laptop and bring it inside, or put the STDR-4C and a small form factor pc in an enclosure. To be open for ventilation when using. What I have been reading the ethernet smothstepper will allow me to use almost any laptop or pc?
what operating system do I have to revert all the way back to XP or 2000 or can I go with a windows 7 machine and 64 bit muticore processor?

I guess my main question it what will be easer and most stable.
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PostSubject: Re: questions?   Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:55 am

With the SmoothStepper you can use a laptop or other PC. Any OS from Windows XP to Windows 10. I would suggest Windows 7 or Windows 10.

You might also consider building an enclosure around the whole mill. That will help keep the machining mess in but as importantly the outside world out (dust, grit, etc.) I had one customer build a stand/enclosure for his mill out a rolling tool box bottom chest and the top had a plate mounted to bolt the mill to and an acrylic cover around the mill.

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PostSubject: Re: questions?   Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:54 am

Hi Jeff,
I am thinking about making a touch off plate to use with my STDR-4C that I purchased from you a few years ago, what pins would I use to attach it? and do you have any instructions for setting it up in Mach 3?

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PostSubject: Re: questions?   Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:01 am

I would suggest using one of the four input form the 'Limits' connector. They are isolated and will block most of the electrical noise that might be a problem. You can think of a touch plate as a type of switch. Some touch plates have a switch mechanism inside, when the bit touches the plate it moves a bit and opens a set of contacts.

Another type of touch plate is simply a metal plate with a lead going back to an input of the controller. The bit is grounded and when it touches the plate it completes the circuit. With this type of touch plate I recommend using a lead with an alligator clip on it to connect to the bit, do the touch down on the plate and then remove the clip. Some people depend on the Earth ground through the spindle shaft or connect the controllers DC Common (ground). to the spindle shaft. Both are really bad ideas. They send small signal DC current through Earth ground on a permanent basis which is a open door for electrical interference to get into your controller. The clip lead is only one there for a few seconds so the problem is greatly, greatly reduced.

Does that help?

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PostSubject: Re: questions?   Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:56 am

I'm going to make my own plate, I haven't had the chance to look inside of your box yet, are the 4 inputs easily identifiable once I open it?

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PostSubject: Re: questions?   Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:42 am

You do not have to open the box! All of the connections come out to the 'Limits' connector on the back of the unit. Pins 1-4 are the four inputs, Pin 5 is 12V and pins 6-9 are all DC Common (ground). Connecting Pin 1(or any of the 4) to DC Common is registered as an input.

I also came out with the LMTS-4I to make this a bit easier: http://www.soigeneris.com/lmts_4i_limits_junction_box-details.aspx . This connects to the 'Limits' connector with a DB9 cable (included). The idea was that you can mount this box on or near the machine. I need to update the picture actually as I'm now using a box which was flanges so it is easier to mount.

The 'Probe' input can be used for your touch plate, it used a 1/8" mono phone plug. You can also just use a DB9 connector to connect directly to the 'Limits' connector on the STDR-4C.

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PostSubject: Re: questions?   Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:06 pm

I will look at this more when I get home this weekend, the box looks like a good idea.

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