Though I would like to support their local business, I am sick of LMI's
ultra slow Sonic connection! :[ And I don't want to sell my soul to
Comcast. Webpass has mixed reviews. Etc., etc. Where do I go? help!!!!! I
just want to dust off poor old neglected Transmission and watch some
thought-provoking films! D:
This all said, I'd like to get an initial temperature check on the idea of
Sudo Room making official recommendations for IT services and publishing
those recommendations on our websites as a public service. Thoughts?
Salvē! Quid Agis Sudum,
Bollocks to: "no meeting because of Christmas." Give a stiff finger to
religion in hackerspaces by Kopimist amassing with me. I will be there to
meet, and even 30 mins before to lead some Yoga, and 30 mins after to lead
some Zen meditation (no experience necessary).
Happy holidays from your friendly neighborhood hackerspace! If you are
wondering what material gifts Sudo needs right now, please consider:
* TALL LADDER - a member of our community graciously stored her ladder
here for a year and let us use it, but she's taken it back and now we
cannot reach many high places in our space.
* RICE COOKER - we had a couple of them but they were left on all
night and broken. Please help us feed ourselves - this thing pays for
* EXTENSION CORDS - we spend a lot of time futzing around and swapping
the same extension cords between the same 4-5 areas. It would be so
much more efficient if we had a few more long ones. It would also be
safer, since some of the cords floating around here don't have a third
I'm sure there's other things! Please reply with more!
I replaced the rotary took shaft, but for some reason tube quick release bit holder keeps falling out of the mill? Can't figure out why the magnetic attachment is performing so weakly. Any thoughts?
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From: "Jack Kern" <jack.w.kern(a)gmail.com>
To: "Matthew Senate" <mattsenate(a)gmail.com>
Cc: "hol(a)gaskill.com" <hol(a)gaskill.com>, "Yardena Cohen" <yardenack(a)gmail.com>, "sudo-discuss" <sudo-discuss(a)lists.sudoroom.org>
Subject: [sudo-discuss] cnc mill
Date: Mon, Dec 23, 2013 08:49
Apologies I don't keep up with the list that frequently..
I'm out of town till the 5th but I can provide help via email for now just email me directly (off the list) so it goes right to my inbox.
Other than myself, Matt and Hol know the most about using the machine at this point.
My basic process:- First figure out how you're going to mount your stock material
- Load up cambam on the controller machine (unless you're writing gcode some other way) and set the stock properties to be the same size (in mm)- Set the top of stock surface to 0 with a stock offset as this makes aligning the machine coordinates easier
- Create or load the geometry you want to cut and create the toolpaths in cambam- Make sure to set cambam's gcode post-processor to "mach3"- Generate your toolpaths and export the gcode (nc files)
- Turn on the power to the CNC machine controller - the main power supply switch it is the hardest to reach and is on the back of the grey control box that the steppers are connected to. (Don't flip the little toggle switch on the same box though, I believe I have it taped to the on position because that disconnects the USB interface)
- Turn on power to the motors via the small black box on the side of the stand holding the controller computer.- Load up the CNC controller on the controller machine (Mach3) you shouldn't get any errors about not being able to talk to the machine, if you do you need to kill mach3 and check the USB connectivity including that toggle switch I mentioned previously.
- Finally with the machine on and Mach3 open, click the big flashing red safety button in the interface and then click REF ALL HOME to return the machine to its home position and reset it's machine coordinates
- To jog the machine the controls are the four arrow keys for the X/Y axis, and page up and page down for the Z axis. Always watch what you're doing and try not to clip any stock/mounts on the surface or you risk breaking the machine/bit etc
- Load the gcode for your part into mach3- Jog the machine to where <0,0,0> should be relative to your stock material (it should be the same origin as in cambam, I usually set this to the top, center of my part I'm cutting out, unless something else makes more sense for the work to be done)
- Once you align the origin for the part, zero out each axis in mach 3 and then click REGENERATE TOOLPATHS (if you don't do this the paths will exist in the coordinate system that was set up when you loaded the gcode) you need to do this any time you change the machines coordinates.
- If you need to change cutting bits you always need to re-zero the Z axis to the top surface, and then REGENERATE TOOLPATHS again.- Finally carefully jog around the boundaries of the part in mach 3 with plenty of height above the z axis to make sure you're not going to clip any mounting hardware while milling.
- Now you're ready to start milling.. I typically start at about 50-70% of the default feed rate. - Jog the CNC to roughly the origin again (slight higher than the part)- Put on some goggles if you want to get all up in there
- Start the spindle motor- Start the shop vac- Click run!- Hope everything doesn't explode
Good luck! I will try to set up some tutorial sessions in the new year.
On Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 6:15 PM, Matthew Senate <mattsenate(a)gmail.com> wrote:
I have two replacement parts, I will bring them by tonight
On Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM, Hol Gaskill <hol(a)gaskill.com> wrote:
the transmission cable that goes from the overhead motor to the spindle was disconnected last I looked - might have to track it down. good luck!
Dec 13, 2013 05:47:47 PM, yardenack(a)gmail.com wrote:
On Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 5:35 PM, Jake jake(a)spaz.org> wrote:
>> anyone know how to use the CNC mill? I am thinking of going to sudo tonight
>> to mill something and it would be easier if someone can show me how to do
>> it, rather than figuring it out.
>> or is there a wiki page for the thing?
>I know I replied on IRC, but for the benefit of future
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Who does one contact about putting on events at SudoRoom? Alan
Rockefellar and I are interested in doing a mushroom ID and microscopy
workshop (which we've done in the past at Noisebridge) at SudoRoom at
some point after Xmas. Anywhere from the last week of December to the
second week of January.
Anyone want to participate in a read aloud of One Hundred Years of
Readers would alternate chapters over a couple days, although just
listeners are welcome.
The book is amazing! My schedule is open Tue and Wed.
On Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 5:35 PM, Jake <jake(a)spaz.org> wrote:
> anyone know how to use the CNC mill? I am thinking of going to sudo tonight
> to mill something and it would be easier if someone can show me how to do
> it, rather than figuring it out.
> or is there a wiki page for the thing?
I know I replied on IRC, but for the benefit of future