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Extending Automation

Today, I finally received in the mail the $30 CNC relay circuit board I've been waiting for. So I ended up spending hours shuttling between Home Depot, Radio Shack, and the shop, getting and assembling electrical parts and cables. The final result is that I now have a pair of electrical sockets in a sealed box on the side of my mill desk, that can be turned on and off by the mill computer. This lets me finally (Finally!) turn the spindle and flood coolant on and off from my milling programs.

Now, when a job finishes, the spindle and coolant will stop by themselves!


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Aug. 6th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Opps, you were missing something thar... here I fix it.

Aug. 6th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Congrats!
No no... I had my mad cackle when I got the mill running, complete with an "It's ALIVE!", but I didn't think it necessary to repeat for LJ.
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Aug. 6th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Not mouser. Easy-cnc.com. It's designed to be attached to a Parallel port breakout board, specifically for running spindles and coolant.
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