■ FIGURE 4. The v90 ready for transport after
disconnecting the stepper motors.
■ FIGURE 5.
The v90 power
■ FIGURE 6. The
Ready To Run case
contains the power
supply and the
clearly labeled DIN style connectors on the back (Figure
7) and the power supply and associated board enclosed
professionally inside (Figure 8). This certainly makes set-up
a snap and avoids both exposed electronics and stepper
mis-wiring issues as the motors with the Ready To Run kit
come with the DIN plugs pre-attached (Figure 9).
JUST LIKE ONE OF THE FAMILY
One of the nice things about a product like the v90 is
the community that grows up around it. There is a very
active and helpful group of folks on the PROBOTIX
mailing list, in fact, even Len Shelton (the owner of
PROBOTIX) is known to make frequent appearances to
answer questions. Through reading the list and having discussions with other owners, we graduated from a Dremel
rotary tool, to a Porter Cable router, and finally worked
our way up to a Bosch Colt. Upgrading tools was a simple
process as PROBOTIX makes various tool mount adapters
to help facilitate experimenting with different cutting tools,
including one for the Colt (Figure 10) which we currently
have on our system.
Without getting too involved in the process of moving
up through the various
cutting tools, the bottom line was the Bosch
Colt displayed the least
amount of runout.
"Runout" is basically the
amount that the cutting
bit deviates from a
Excessive runout in
your cutting system can
lead to broken bits,
inaccurate cuts, and
results. (For more details on runout, see the Resources
section.) The last piece of the puzzle (in regard to the
mechanical aspect of the system) is that when you are
asking the machine to perform a job, it’s crucial to have
the right bit for that job! There are literally hundreds of
different styles and sizes of bits, and it helps to have
expert advice to both purchase the right part and to
ensure a long life for that part. After buying (and breaking)
quite a few bits from discount sources, Len suggested we
speak with the folks at
PreciseBits.com. After reading their
website, we ordered bits for the two things we really
wanted to do: making circuit boards and cutting case
bezels. So, with our v90 converted to the new Ready
To Run kit, the Bosch Colt router firmly in the grasp of
the z axis, and fitted with some shiny new bits from
precisebits.com, it seemed it was time to spin up the
router and cut some stuff ... or was it?
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED
Before we fire up the router and start making dust, we
have to begin by opening up the computer and dealing
with some software first. There are many paths to get from
■ FIGURE 8.Inside the Ready To Run case.
■ FIGURE 7. Rear view of the Ready To Run case.
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