Time To Have Some fun

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jhop28
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Acorn CNC Controller: Yes
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Location: Indianapolis

Time To Have Some fun

Post by jhop28 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:51 am

I thought id post a little story of my Journey into the world of CNC , I'm a Long range F Class Rifle competitor and while driving back from our Nationals in Phoenix in Late 2015 to Indianapolis 25 hrs. My buddy whos a Mechanical engineer and I where talking of building our own Stocks and 1 thing led to another anyway I ended up converting a little 704 mill as I have actually 0 experience in Machining or CNC at this point but if I'm set on something I will tackle it . Last year I got it going running Mach and was struggling between Cad to Cam and the whole process and really wanted to make the little mill as good as I could so I took it completely down and started over welded up a solid stand and extended the travels a little added better ball screws and redid the electronics so I'm almost ready to fire it up and saw a post about the Acorn . Well let me say id have paid triple the cost they where charging for it as for me with zero cnc exp the thought of having a controller with integrated software to drive the machine by the same people was a godsend to me .I had an issue arise after a few weeks of running it as the acorn wouldn't communicate so I'm thinking joy what now so I posted asking for an Idea as to what I could do as I was lost as I did try unbricking with no luck and Kieth had responded to it asking when he could call me to try to troubleshoot it so then next eve we tryed with no luck later to find out it had to be something I wasn't doing quite right as Kieth the very next morning had another acorn in the mail to me and I sent mine to him to evaluate as he was very concerned that I get going ,I own an auto Repair shop and have dealt with countless companies over the years and I can say Hands down 100 % certainty that Centroid has there s----- together best experience I have had ever with any Co. The Centroid control system is so much easier to learn and makes total sense to me . I couldn't imagine there even being a decision as to what control system to run knowing what I know now unless your like in the commercials where you like hitting your head on the rafters or chewing your arm in a vending machine lol Ive attached a few photos here of my little mill as now its time to have some fun :D
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frijoli
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Location: Outside Winston-Salem, NC

Re: Time To Have Some fun

Post by frijoli » Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:35 pm

Nice write up.
Good looking set-up too. I like the tool holder.

Clay
Outside Winston-Salem, NC

martyscncgarage
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Location: Mesa, AZ

Re: Time To Have Some fun

Post by martyscncgarage » Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:37 pm

Nice write up. Nice machine
I agree, once you are familiar, the Centroid software is pretty straight forward and solid. No surprises either.
Tinker with Intercon under the CAM tab. Handy for quickie stuff like bolt patterns and pockets...
"Jack of all trades, master of none!"
Mesa, AZ

C6MFG
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Re: Time To Have Some fun

Post by C6MFG » Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:36 am

Nice job! Converting a PM25 myself currently.

Jason

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