Friday, 30 December 2016

How to Troubleshooting the UC300ETH - Episode 129

How to Troubleshooting the UC300ETH

Episode 129 

 A viewer is having a problem with their UC300ETH and can't get it to connect to their PC. I have made this video in the hope it would help them get theirs working and help others with similar problems. The video has been updated to reflect the solution to the issue.

Test utility used in this video

UC300ETH Manufactures Website










 


Other UC300ETH Related videos




Installing the UC300ETH and using with Mach3







Installing UCCNC software and configing the pendant






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Friday, 23 December 2016

Some Emergency Maintenance - Episode 128


Some Emergency Maintenance

Episode 128

It pays to check your machine on a regular basis and keep critical spare parts on hand just in case. You never know when you will need to fix something. Fortunately I had everything needed on hand and the router was rebuilt in quick time.




Other videos about rebuilding the router you may like.



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Friday, 16 December 2016

Angle Grinder Wall Mount - Episode 127


Angle Grinder Wall Mount

Episode 127
Simple to make wall mount bracket designed to mount an Angle Grinder.
This will allow you to keep your angle grinder tidy and best of all you don't heed to remove the disk when you put it away.
The grinder will be ready to use whenever you want.



For those of you who wish to make their own the plans are available from here.
The drawings are provided in several formats and for those without a CNC machine there are drawings suitable to use with traditional tools.
The drawings are provided in 2 sizes for both the 4inch and 5inch griders.

Angle Grinder wall mount files





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Friday, 9 December 2016

Santa's Workshop - Episode 126

Santa's Workshop

Episode 126

A different type of sign using ELwire (Electroluminescent wire).
Simple to make and the posibilities are endless.

Santa's Workshop sign files and supplier of ELwire can be found here.
Files to make your own
 

Friday, 2 December 2016

CNC Magic - Episode 125

CNC Magic

Episide 125

No it isn't really magic but this technique may seem like it until you understand how it works. Use this technique to over come inconsistant material thickness, get accurate pockets, save your tabletop and make sure your holding tabs are exactly as you want them.
 



Friday, 25 November 2016

2016 Gatton CNC Christmas Challenge - CNCnutz Episode 124

2016 Gatton CNC Christmas Challenge

Episode 124 

The 2016 Gatton CNC Christmas Challange has started.
Check out the competition details here and get your entry in.
http://www.cncsidewinder.com/2016-gatton-cnc-christmas-challenge.html

Entry Playlist

Files and link to Lights




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Friday, 18 November 2016

Installing UCCNC with Pendant - Episode 123

Installing UCCNC with Pendant

Episode 123

Following up on last weeks episode of installing the UC300ETH motion controller, this time I'm installing the UCCNC and importing my  Mach3 profile to quickly configure it. I also show how to configure the old Mach3 pendant.

My Pendant settings




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Saturday, 12 November 2016

UC300ETH-5LPT with Mach3 - Episode 122

UC300ETH-5LPT with Mach3

Episode 122

Please note: the UC300-5LPT is USB while the UC300ETH-5LPT is ethernet.
Replacing my Smooth Steper with a UCCNC UC300ETH-5LPT Ethernet motion controller. See how easy it is to install and find out the pitfalls before you jump in.
Have cut several projects with this setup over the last week and it has worked just fine for me.
Mach3 Plugin is available here.
http://cncdrive.com/MC/UC300ETH%20files%20for%20manual%20installation/Plugin/download_UC300ETH_plugin.php

The UC300ETH-5LPT is available from CNCdrive as well as the UCCNC software.
http://www.cncdrive.com/UC300ETH.html






 


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Friday, 4 November 2016

From Groove to Smooth - Episode 121

From Groove to Smooth

Episode 121

This weeks Top Tip comes from Les Brown in QLD Australia.
How to Profile MDF to get the best finish.
You can also use this method on wood and other materials to improve the quality of your cuts.
Quick and easy to do and the results speak for themselves.








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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

The Gatton CNC Christmas Challange 2016 - Episode 120

The Gatton CNC Christmas Challange 2016  

Episode 120

Dave Gatton has announced the first CNC Christmas Challange for members of the CNC community. Details of the competition can be found here.
http://www.cncsidewinder.com/2016-gatton-cnc-christmas-challenge.html

http://www.garageworxcnc.com





Setup a YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IorfhhYf7I

How to upload a video to Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlxqk0iHp5w&feature=youtu.be&t=31s

Free Video Editing Software

Windows Movie maker
This is windows only and is suitable for windows 7, 8
You may already have this installed on your machine. A good beginners program.
Can be downloaded from Microsoft as part of Windows Essentials 2012 I believe it also works with Windows 10.

Imovie
Comes as part of Mac software so if you have a Mac you will have this. Good beginners program.

Davinci Resolve
Works with both windows and Mac.
This is a more advanced commercial software but very good. There is a free version you can download
https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/nz/products/davinciresolve

There are many more free video editing software programs available on the internet.

All the best for the competition.




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Friday, 28 October 2016

Stop and restart Mach3 - Episode 119

Stop and restart Mach3

Episode 119

How to restart machining in Mach3 after you have stopped.
It seems a simple thing but it can be frustrating at times.
Here's how I do it.










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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Halloween Cat - Episode 118

Halloween Cat


Episode 118

Make your own Halloween Cat Yard art.

Files to make your own Halloween Cat

Ebay link to Router Cutters used in this project.





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Saturday, 15 October 2016

The Secret life of ORings - Episode 117

The Secret life of ORings

Episode 117

A way of setting router cutter heights easily using inexpensive ORings.

ORing sizing Chart
http://www.marcorubber.com/sizingchart-oring-usa.htm

Collet adapter
Please note I have not purchased from this supplier so cannot vouch for them. Please shop around for the price, delivery and supplier that suit you.

Collet Adapter






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Saturday, 8 October 2016

The Tin Bum - Episode 116

The Tin Bum

Episode 116

Magnetic base to stop workshop spills.

20mm x 3mm magnets with holes purchased here:
http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575231780&toolid=10001&campid=5337968472&customid=Magnets&icep_item=191958695648&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg

Files to make your own
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0cf11th427d2rvg/AAApaKjH886M6E0S1lHbYSoGa?dl=0







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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Clean your T-Slots the easy way - Episode 115

Clean your T-Slots the easy way

Episode 115


Here is a quick way to clean the T-slots on your tabletop.
Often the vacuum will not remove the debris caught in the slots but with this method the entire length of the slot will be clean in seconds.





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Saturday, 1 October 2016

Workshop Can Dispenser - Episode 114

Workshop Can Dispenser

Episode 114

This Workshop can dispenser will provide a convenient place to store your cans so you always have one to hand when you need it.
Easy to build and drawings are provided.

Files can be found here






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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Sharpen your cutters - Episode 113

Sharpen your cutters

Episode 113

Here is an easy way to sharpen straight cutters.

Possible sources for the EZE LAP stones but any diamond stone should work.
I have not tried the sellers below so do your research and shop around.






Ebay EZE LAP

Amazon EZE LAP


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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Limit Switches - Do I really need them? - Episode 112

Limit Switches - Do I really need them?

Episode 112

My personal thoughts on limit switches and why I don't use them.





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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Will my project fit this piece of stock? - Episode 111

Will my project fit this piece of stock?

Episode 111

The first video in a new series of videos featuring Top Tips and Tricks to use with our CNC machines.
Many tips get lost in a video so this will bring together the important parts that might go unnoticed and puts them into one place for easy reference playlist.

If you have a tip you would like to share email me
cncnutz65@gmail.com
I will make a short video and give name credit to the person who suggests it. You don't need to be the inventor of the tip.





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Saturday, 17 September 2016

How to model a 2D object the easy way - Episode 110


How to model a 2D object the easy way

Episode 110

This video shows an easy method to model a spanner in 2D.
Done properly you can get a very accurate model and can scale it to match the original item the model was taken from. There are numerous uses for models you can make using this method.





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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Custom Battery Charger Shelf - Episode 109

Custom Battery Charger Shelf

Episode 109

A custom made shelf for holding some of the many battery chargers we accumulate over time. A normal shelf would not hold them properly and they would fall off but my making custom cutouts in the shelf you can get them to stay in their place.





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Saturday, 3 September 2016

How to Backup Mach3 - Episode 108

How to Backup Mach3

Episode 108

In a previous video I showed how you can restore Mach3 if you have a decent backup.
This time I show how how i created the backup disk with all the file required to reinstall Mach3 quickly and easily.




Other videos you may like










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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Wooden Letter Opener - Episode 107

Wooden Letter Opener

Episode 107

Wooden Letter Opener project.
Double sided machining with fluting toolpaths.
 

Drawings available for download





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Saturday, 20 August 2016

The Birthday Present - Episode 106

The Birthday Present 

Episode 106


4 Hours to the party.
No Present but I have an Idea.
Will it be made in time?
Will it work?
Watch for answers to this and other questions.
Either way this will be fun.






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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Customise Mach3 Pendant - Episode 105

Customise Mach3 Pendant

Episode 105

A video response to Richard Mollers email wanting to know how to customize a $40 Ebay pendant to work in Mach3.

Mach3 Pendant on Ebay

Mach3screen software used in the demonstration.
Download and open the zip file. Put Mach3screen.exe on your desktop and run the program.  It is self contained and you do not have to install it.

Mach3Screen.zip







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Saturday, 6 August 2016

Reinstall Mach3 in less than 6 minutes - Episode 104

Reinstall Mach3 in less than 6 minutes

Episode 104


Replacing the Hard Drive in my machine after it crashed.
Reinstalling Mach3 is easy if you have a backup.
If you don't have a backup then you have your work cut out for you so don't delay and back up your machine now before it's too late.






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Saturday, 30 July 2016

Tabletop Q&A - Episode 103

Tabletop Q&A

Episode 103

Q&A about my tabletop construction and how the spoil board is attached.






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