I assembled all the bits and pieces of my CNC controller computer last night and booted up Windows 2000, installed and loaded Mach3, hooked up 3 spare stepper motors I had lying around and loaded the infamous 'roadrunner' G Code... Once I tweaked the ports and pins settings in Mach3, I was able to make the steppers dance and move!
The next step is to button up all the parts, close the case and start mounting the touch-screen monitor.
Seasons Greetings, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
I managed to get some time in on the milling machine controller this weekend and have the photographic evidence to prove it!
Here's the Hobby CNC controller mounted in the 5 1/4" cage of the computer case I'm adapting. I've got some rack-mount servers that I've retired from my hosting company that turned out to be perfect for this application: the case is large enough to fit all the controller's elements inside, as well as the computer components too. I'm mounting the CNC controller in the area that would normally house hard drives/cdroms, etc.
This is the front of the drive bay, with a panel that I made for the controller including the 24v fan, a fuse and an on/off switch. The controller will be on a separate 110v line from the computer.
Here I'm laying out the various cables etc. The 24v, 10A transformer for the CNC controller is already mounted in the case, in another cage that the controller is currently sitting on.
Here's a shot of the back of the computer. I made a panel that joins two of the pci openings into one for the stepper motor cables to pass through. You can see the AC power cord connector that I've mounted above and a bit to the left for the CNC controller's transformer. The computer will be powered by the regular computer power supply.
More coming soon as I've got a ton of projects stacking up and I need this machine up and running!