Threading on a Boxford TCL lathe

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22 Apr 2021 10:14 #206777 by john11668
Hi guys.
Working away today.
Will check what I can this evening then try to send files as requested
Am still very unfamiliar with linux so if you are giving me a suggestion then would much appreciate some guidance on the path to it.
Many thanks for your support.

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22 Apr 2021 10:19 #206778 by andypugh
If you are using the "Axis" GUI then halmeter can be found in the "machine" menu.
It allows you to view the live state of HAL pins and signals.
(If you need to monitor more than one pin, then you can open more halmeters by selecting the menu item again)

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22 Apr 2021 17:11 #206814 by john11668
Will look at this now Andy
Although I have been working in Gmocappy but I will look in axis for this function .
Will also try to zip up and attach all the files for my current config.

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22 Apr 2021 17:51 #206820 by john11668
So before anything else zip as requested

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22 Apr 2021 18:58 - 22 Apr 2021 21:03 #206828 by john11668
So now it is working
I suspect that when looking at Axis I must have enabled index , so now I need to understand what is going on in there so I dont have the same problem again .

Is there a manual for the likes of me ?
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22 Apr 2021 22:49 #206841 by andypugh

Is there a manual for the likes of me ?


I assume that you have found the docs? If you have, then I am afraid that is all that there is.

There are some "getting started" videos by various people on YouTube.

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22 Apr 2021 23:23 #206844 by john11668
Which docs are you referring to Andy.
Can you point me to the good vids please ? I find a few on youtube are hard going

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22 Apr 2021 23:30 #206845 by andypugh

Which docs are you referring to Andy.


linuxcnc.org/docs/2.8/html/


Can you point me to the good vids please ? I find a few on youtube are hard going

I haven't really watched any, and I suspect that the fixed pace would be a problem compared to reading a web page or hard copy.
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23 Apr 2021 10:08 - 23 Apr 2021 10:09 #206857 by john11668
Thanks for this Andy .
A little light reading , sometimes puts a perspective on the you-tuber who manages to squeeze a half hour lesson into 7 minutes.
I am not trying to become fluent in Linuxcnc. Initially I just want to make this toy lathe work and gain an understanding of the functions of the CNC lathe, ( which i have found much more demanding than converting a 3 axis mill.)
When I reach the point where i can make a few shoulder bolts for vintage motorbikes it will probably be relegated to the back corner of the workshop and dragged out occasionally for this . I can then hopefully move on to a more purposeful project.
I dont think I will attempt to palm it off onto some unsuspecting ebay customer for £2.5K. It has become an old "friend"
But please watch this space . I have not yet got to where I need to be with it .Probably a few silly questions yet to come
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23 Apr 2021 11:19 - 23 Apr 2021 11:20 #206861 by andypugh

When I reach the point where i can make a few shoulder bolts for vintage motorbikes it will probably be relegated to the back corner of the workshop and dragged out occasionally for this .


I do that sort of thing using a set of macros that I wrote.
You might find the same thing useful.

Here they are making a front sprockets for Ner-a-Cars:

I only very rarely use one-off G-code programs on the lathe.
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