Computerized Index Wheel

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by billooms, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. RichColvin

    RichColvin

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    Bob,

    That is really nicely done and looks great.

    Question : was the CNC work you did greatly helpful to the process, or did you feel that development of the system more effort than it was worth ?

    Kind regards,
    Rich
     
  2. bobbeaupre

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    Rich, It was a fun project, getting the program to work was the most frustrating part as I am not a programmer at all. The next frustrating part was locating and sizing all the components. But, now that I have it up and running I no longer have to worry about index wheels of any count. It only takes about two minutes to program another one and then you have it forever. I'll be able to do odd ball segment bowls which should be neat. Also, with the fixture you can do solid segmented rings as well as the open segment. So was it worth it, I'll have to say yes, it will be very versital and the more I use it the more ideas I'll find for it.
     
  3. Doug Rasmussen

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    Obviously I'm not Bob, I can tell you a little about my involvement in computerized motion control though.

    My start with stepper motors in automation goes back thirty years. That was with an Apple II.

    Fast forward to now and it's much easier. About as easy as "connect the blue wire to terminal #1", etc. There are now software systems you can download free and for-pay systems. You still need to pay for various interface boxes, motor drives and related hardware. Most all the options for motion control/automation have friendly user groups for support.

    The picture shows a "turning" that would be hard to do any other way than with CNC.

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  4. bobbeaupre

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    Bill, that is my next step. I have it working sell now for my open segment work and I going to see if I can adapt it to do the layout for basket illusion.
     

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