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Motor Tuning Question?

Postby ajk2004 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:14 am

I have a C & CNC bladerunner and I had a question on motor tuning. I am trying to get it tuned and thought I about had it. What you want is that when you move the gantry 1" the DRO shows 1" of movement. I am trying to do this but am frustrated by the results. I tested this by moving the gantry 1" according to the DRO and then would measure on the table to see how much movement I was getting. I thought I had it. I noticed on a project I did I had the size at roughly 36" squared but when the cutter finished the piece was like 42" squared. I then proceeded to cut out 3" diameter circles to test the machine. I had to do some tuning to get the machine to cut 3" circles but then when I cut another large project, it cut a little larger then the program file. Is this what they call losing steps? I just want to be able to cut whatever the program file is sized to. If something is 5x5 I would like it to be within a 1/16" of an inch or so, give or take a little with inside/outside offset. Thanks guys.

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Re: Motor Tuning Question?

Postby steel 35 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:55 am

Somewhere in the directions it says to make the lines as long as possible and do the adjustments with the long lines making smaller adjustments making it more accurate?

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Re: Motor Tuning Question?

Postby ajk2004 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:17 pm

I guess I forgot to mention that. I do have gear reduction. I have components from I believe it is the NEMA 34 setup. Once upon a time, I knew the reduction, 3:1 maybe? My gantry is homemade. Thanks for the help.

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Re: Motor Tuning Question?

Postby acourtjester » Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:10 pm

Here is the setup I use for the CandCNC setup, and as steel35 said at the end move about 80% of you axis travel to check for each axis.
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Re: Motor Tuning Question?

Postby ajk2004 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:04 pm

Acourt & Steel,
Thank you for your help. I plan on following your post about how to set up my motors. I didn't understand what steel was talking about when he said make your lines as long as possible. After reading Acourt's post I see what he is talking about. one quick question. If I move my gantry's x axis one inch or 54", what is the difference. Again, I would consider myself a newbie, but if it goes an inch worth of travel, should a long line be just as accurate? Thanks guys. Can't wait to get home to try this.

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Re: Motor Tuning Question?

Postby Bigrhamr » Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:16 pm

If the travel is off by a tiny amount per motor revolution then the error will be more apparent when you make a long move rather than a short one.

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Re: Motor Tuning Question?

Postby tcaudle » Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:35 pm

Calibration error is cumulative. If you are off .01 in 1" you will be off .360 in 36 . There is a calculator on the Websire in the Support section. Just type in the numbers and it gives you the new Steps per unit setting.

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