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  • #31
    Originally posted by DR View Post
    I'm about to dive into an Acorn conversion. Looking at the Acorn forum I was a little disappointed by the search function. My machine to be converted is an Emco F1P, with the "P" meaning production. So I searched for "Emco F1P" in quotes assuming that would bring up only topics with that exact sequence of letters between the quotes. At least, that's the way it works on a good many forum searches.

    Instead it brought up every post with the word "Emco" in it. That was a lot of hits, most of which were of no interest to me. Never did find anything on the F1P model.

    The intention of my search was to find what size axis motors the F1P mills use and are they a standard like a NEMA 23.. By Googling I did find a partial answer to my question. A Youtube video showed an F1P converted, no details though. In the follow op to the video there was a question about the motors, they may be NEMA 23 except with 6mm shafts instead of 6.35mm (1/4") which is standard on a NEMA 23.
    Go into the advance search and it will show you how to do searches that match your inquiry exactly.
    Location: The Black Forest in Germany

    How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Black Forest View Post

      Go into the advance search and it will show you how to do searches that match your inquiry exactly.
      Thanks, it did indeed.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by DR View Post

        Thanks, it did indeed.
        It's interesting to me that a 3 character search works on the phpBB software used on the Acorn forum but not here using the vBulletin software. I assumed that it didn't work anywhere. I guess I've only tried it on vBulletin.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Black Forest View Post

          I have wired many things in my life. I can program a PLC in my sleep and connect all that is needed to the PLC. I can program in multiple computer languages. I also wired the light in my daughters bedroom all by myself. Following instructions is not a problem if the instructions are available. Having been licensed to fly Helicopters and jets in my life I think I am technically able. My beef with Centroid is their condescending attitude towards their customers.
          I ran into that when I suggested they made a version of their new probe have integral 3/4” shank for TTS users to save Z height. They kind of invited the unwashed populace into the castle with their Acorn.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by RB211 View Post

            I ran into that when I suggested they made a version of their new probe have integral 3/4” shank for TTS users to save Z height. They kind of invited the unwashed populace into the castle with their Acorn.
            I resent that remark about the unwashed! I take showers at least once a month.
            Location: The Black Forest in Germany

            How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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            • #36
              As I mentioned previously I'm about to go with the Acorn system. So far I've think I've found more useful information via Google, mostly links to YouTube videos.

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              • #37
                As I wrote before, I am happy so far with the Acorn and software itself. It is the attitude of Centroid and their representatives that leaves a lot to be desired. I thought Keith was smarter than he demonstrating. Too bad. The first thing they need to do is get their help videos and downloads organized so that a person can find what they need without having to post questions on the forum. It makes no difference to me and I sure as hell am not going to educate them. They couldn't afford me!
                Location: The Black Forest in Germany

                How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by DR View Post
                  As I mentioned previously I'm about to go with the Acorn system. So far I've think I've found more useful information via Google, mostly links to YouTube videos.
                  I’m very happy with the Acorn. My next choice would be Linux CNC with an Ethernet BoB, but have zero experience with that system. Once I get rid of my Bridgeport, I’ll have room to work.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by RB211 View Post

                    I’m very happy with the Acorn. My next choice would be Linux CNC with an Ethernet BoB, but have zero experience with that system. Once I get rid of my Bridgeport, I’ll have room to work.
                    I have a large knee mill retrofitted with the Centroid 4 axis all-in-one card rather than Acorn. That made me love Centroid controls. The Acorn with Clearpath servos will give me the same capabilities in a smaller machine. A lathe I have has DC servos already mounted and because of clearance issues those motors would be hard to replace. So I'm thinking LinuxCNC for the lathe, but so far I haven't found step by step Linux conversion info (it's probably out there somewhere I haven't found it yet though).

                    As far as these retrofits go I'm not interested in learning experiences. I just want "buy this and hook the blue wire to terminal 1" type stuff. I have more money than time so with Clearpath servos's I'll buy all the premade cables, etc rather making my own.

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