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Gearotic Motion Software

Sounds almost perverse but that’s the name of Art Fenerty’s latest software. If you don’t know, Art is the creator of the MACH3 series of affordable CNC control software. Art has sold off MACH3 about four years ago so has had time to design gear making software. MACH3 is still very popular and widely used.

I love gear action and when I saw this in a mailing from Bob Warfield (CNC Cookbook) I knew I had to check it out. Here are some links to Bob’s blog and an explanation of the software directly from Art Fenerty:… Continue reading

Hardware Pulse Board for CNC

I am going to make (hopefully) an improvement to my CNC operations in a week or so. I have ordered and will install a USB SmoothStepper board made by Warp9 Tech Design. Inc. into one and maybe both of my homebuilt CNC controllers. Probably the first one will be installed and tested in my original chopper controller that I am now using on the Taig CNC mill.

I have used a serial pulse generator before in that controller. Years ago I obtained the pulse card from DeskCNC called their 2nd Generation Controller Board. It is actually still installed… Continue reading

CNC 4th Axis Update

The Taig CNC mill is closer to having its 4th axis operational. All that is really needed is to get the wiring completed. The tail post is not mounted where seen in the pictures. I was making adjustments to the height. You can see it is easily adjustable.

I will bolt down the tail post once I have an application where I need to use it. I now have the shims I need so a couple of bolts in the base and I’m in business.

When I have it running I’ll post a SHORT video to prove… Continue reading

Small Ideas

I see I keep writing about one topic over and over again in my forums and blogs. It has to do with the size of the machines I enjoy using in my hobby. I keep repeating myself because it just feels so good to me in the choices I have made. Of course I am pushing my personal preference and that certainly doesn’t mean nor do I intend it to mean that my personal preferences are anything but personal.

If the reader doesn’t like my preference, I am not here to make a convert to my way of thinking. I… Continue reading

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