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ryanballard
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Gatton CNC Build

Post by ryanballard » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:13 pm

Hello peoples.

I am building a Gatton CNC (davegatton.com). My table is about 43 x 69. I am at the point now where I need to build my controller. Here is what I have accumulated so far:

Raspberry Pi (forgot where I got it... it has been a while)
Raspberry Pi CNC Hat (Protoneer)
Raspberry Pi CNC Hat External Driver Adaptors (Protoneer)
Monitor/ keyboard / mouse (already had)
(4) 420 oz stepper motors (Stepperonline)
(4) DM542T Drivers (Stepperonline)
(1) 500w 48V Powersupply (stepperonline)
(1) Craftsman Router single speed (Sears)


RIght now I am working on my wiring diagram to get it all running and up to speed. My plan is to wire the major components to their own switches (mainly so I can operate on the Pi without having all the other stuff on... but safety too)

I just got the external driver board in the mail.... now I need to go get a soldering iron.... didn't realize they didn't come put together already... Doh!

Please feel free to chime in as I will surely be asking questions to get this up and running.

~Ryan
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Re: Gatton CNC Build

Post by Bertus Kruger » Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:03 pm

Nice looking kit!!!

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Re: Gatton CNC Build

Post by ryanballard » Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:50 pm

Don't know how that happened but that is not mine.... but that is a Gatton

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Re: Gatton CNC Build

Post by Bertus Kruger » Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:46 pm

Haha.... I added a photo example of the kit.

It seems to be nice and sturdy.

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Re: Gatton CNC Build

Post by ryanballard » Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:21 am

Yes, it is very sturdy.... on youtube there is a video of Dave Gatton riding the Gantry..... yes you read that right.

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Re: Gatton CNC Build

Post by ryanballard » Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:26 am

I am freaking out!!!! I finished setting up my motors and stuff for testing out my controller and it worked! I am sure I will blow something up at some point but for the moment it was doing what it was intended to do.

This week I am hoping to clean up the wiring and such this week and possibly getting the machine running next weekend.

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Re: Gatton CNC Build

Post by Bertus Kruger » Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:44 am

Haha... Good work. 😀

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Re: Gatton CNC Build

Post by ryanballard » Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:39 pm

Well I have been running my machine for about a month and I have to say...

it is awesome!

I am still trying to dial in the depth settings but it has been running great. I have gotten to the point where I think I am ready to add some stuff to my build. To my machine I want o add T track to the spoil board. To the controller.... I want to add a probe, limit switches, and build a proper case to keep the dust out

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Re: Gatton CNC Build

Post by Bertus Kruger » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:50 am

ryanballard wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:39 pm
Well I have been running my machine for about a month and I have to say...

it is awesome!

I am still trying to dial in the depth settings but it has been running great. I have gotten to the point where I think I am ready to add some stuff to my build. To my machine I want o add T track to the spoil board. To the controller.... I want to add a probe, limit switches, and build a proper case to keep the dust out
That is good news!!! Photos are welcome... ;)

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Re: Gatton CNC Build

Post by ryanballard » Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:51 pm

I have all my components still in open air and not a box yet so there is not much to see yet.

I have noticed one thing as I have been toying around. even though I set my x,y,z0s after the program is running and either it finishes or I stop it and have it go back to 0..... it stops typically an inch off the x and y... and the z is lower than it should be. this has started happening as I have speed up the machine. still trying to figure that out.

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