Posted on

Tormach Pathpilot IO upgrade

I have been finding myself wanting to more out of my Tormach Pathpilot controller. Such as adding a stack light. This takes more IOs than Tormach leaves available to the user. However, I happen to know that Tormach uses the Mesa 5I25 FPGA card which has many more IOs available through the P2 header. We must tap into that and the simplest way is to install a DB25 to IDC26 cable which cost $5. I also made a video as I do a short run through on how to install the cable on the 5i25 card in the controller so that I can access IOs 17 to 33.

I will go through how to edit the .hal file in the near future. 

Mesa 5I25 Manual http://olivent.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/5i25man.pdf

DB25F-IDC26 Cables http://store.mesanet.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=74_79&product_id=235

DB25 Breakout board https://www.ebay.com/itm/DB25-Male-Signals-Breakout-Board-Parallel-Port-Header-Screw-terminals/302538984235?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

Posted on

Airforce Texan .45 Air Rifle

Today my most recent airgun purchase arrived. The Airforce Texan in .45 caliber. I recently had the opportunity to shoot one at the http://www.gatewaytoairguns.org fun shoot in Arkansas. This rifle proved much more accurate and powerful than the Benjamin Bulldog it is replacing. 

It comes well packaged from the manufacturer.

Although it is a long rifle it doesn’t feel unwieldy. However, I do have plans to improve the ergonomics so the next few weeks I’ll be busy in the shop.

Posted on

Kitamura MyCenter Zero LinuxCNC Retrofit.

I attempted to repair my machine but I have found the simplest way was to just start fresh. This machine was state of the art in 1989. 28 years later we have better options.

In 1989 the electronics cabinet and the operator control panel where stuffed full. In 2017 I have ample room to work and allow for airflow.

I am using Delta servos on all 3 axes. The Z-axis includes a brake to hold the head up when not under power or during Estop. The spindle will be driven by a Delta VFD. These will be run via a Mesa 7I93 Ethernet and Mesa 7I77 cards. I also have a Mesa 7I76 (stepper) card that I may use to interface the Spindle VFD and use the extra I/O for the tool changer. All of these will be controlled by LinuxCNC on an industrial panel mount touch screen via ethernet.

Follow me on Instagram for in process updates. I ocasionally post videos to Youtube also.

https://mesaus.com/

http://www.deltaww.com/Products/CategoryListT1.aspx?CID=060201&PID=225&hl=en-US&Name=ASDA-B2%20Series

Posted on

Kitamura Mycenter Zero Mycenter-0 Manual

Kitamura Mycenter Zero Manual

For anyone who needs a manual for a MyCenter-0 see the above link. 

I purchased a 1989 Mycenter Zero in January 2017.

Now I am attempting to convert it to LinuxCNC control. I had to replace the z axis servo and amp. I did so with a Delta servo 750w with brake. I have also replaced all of the airlines as they were old and brittle. I pulled the Kitamura System 1000 with Fanuc O-M controller and have replaced it with a touch screen PC booting Linux.

I am currently working on getting the spindle and axis servos connected to the Mesa 7I77 so that I can get to the configuration portion of this conversion.

Posted on

11×26 Lathe CNC Conversion

I have the 3 phase Leeson motor hooked up to the Teco L510 VFD. It is running strong. I suggest this modig=fication even if you do not intend to convert to CNC. You can hook up a potentiometer to control the speed from the panel or just adjust it at the VFD. I have the stand offs turned. Now I just need to machine the mounts for the steppers and ball screws. 

 

 

Posted on

Metal Furnace

I cast the refractory and cured my new furnace. So far I have < $150 in my entire casting setup. The biggest cost was the Bentonite Clay, mold starter kit, and Crucibles I purchased. I hope to be melting metal next week.