"no one gets away until they Strippit..."
In about three months we will be getting rid of our old 1000R Turret Punch Press. This machine and I have quite a history together. I have been talking with the Owner of the Company and he says more or less I can have it for the cost of rigging it out and putting it in my workshop.
BELIEVE ME I am making room for it. No idea what the hell I'd use it for other than annoying the crap out of the neighbors... Actually I have a darn good idea of what I want to do with it.
However... Reason it is being retired... it runs PowerPC based Mac software. The CAM package only runs on $&(*& G3 Mac... and it it's getting damn near impossible to find parts let alone floppy disks for data transfer.
Lets talk CNC conversion. It's FANUC drive... what is out there in terms of driver boards/control boxes that I can make a modern PC talk to?
What about software? Will something like MACH3 run a turret press? Figure there is X and Y to move the sheet, INDEX TURRET, and INDEX TOOL (three stations).
I'd like to turn this into a learning project... if possible!