I've been bringing the machine back slowly... doing it right.
When I first made the conversion to CNC back in 2001, I pieced it together as best I could... but there were a lot of things I wanted to do differently. This time... I took my time and worked out how to do each part properly. I want the machine to be capable of more than it was, I want it safer, accurate, and smarter. Right now it's better than it ever was... but I still need to add automatic home position, and error checking.
In the past, if a driver failed, I had to quickly hit the emergency stop, and figure out how to reset everything. When I finish the new electronics, it will automatically stop and save it's position so I can make repairs and take off right where it stopped. (or one command line before that.)
But for now... I was making several weights for the iGlide when I noticed some were drilled improperly... instead of throwing them out... this was the perfect opportunity to test out the mill on some solid steel.
How did it do?
Take a look and see!
I think it's running very nicely.
Keep checking in... I'll be giving a tour of the workshop and showing all our additions and tools.