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Old 04-04-2019, 02:15 PM
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Ironman and I got started on the DRO installation for my lathe. Making brackets for mounting the scales on the carriage and cross feed. Got this set of scales. Had to buy some 2"x2"x1/16" angle to mount the cross feed scale. The angle will also serve as a chip shield. The carriage is a 24" scale. Will use some aluminum flashing as the chip shield for the carriage. Will also have to drill and tap the side cross feed as the tailstock side of the cross feed has the lock screw. Need to move it to the other side. My job is to hand him tools and parts. He is doing a fine job. The displays on the scales will be removed and the scales will be connected to a 10" tablet. Tablet is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.

More pics later as get more installation done.
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Old 04-07-2019, 06:57 PM
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You’ll love it, one lesson I learned, keep it clean, take the cover off occasionally and clean the chips and oil off it, they last longer that way.
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:16 PM
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You’ll love it, one lesson I learned, keep it clean, take the cover off occasionally and clean the chips and oil off it, they last longer that way.
I do pretty well keeping it cleaned. All scales are installed and working. Tomorrow we will calibrate the system. The cross feed has a shield on the scale. Still have to do the shield on the carriage scale. Also have to make a rack to hold the tablet and tidy up the wiring.

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Old 04-08-2019, 02:13 PM
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Gerry got the DRO calibrated this morning, so it is all ready to use. Still need to tidy up the wiring and build a stand for the display. Gerry and Margot are headed back home tomorrow morning.
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Old 07-09-2019, 01:24 PM
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Final Update:

The lathe DRO is finally done. Spent a month trying to find the DRO program on the tablet. A computer genius I am not. Walter found it for me. Made a stand attached to the wall for the tablet display. 1" tube steel and 1/8" plate. Had some interesting angles to cut. Use 2' wide Velcro to attach the tablet to the plate. Made a dust cover sock to keep the display clean.

Next is to teach myself how to run the DRO functions. Real glad to get this finished, as it will cut down the manual measuring quite a bit.
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Old 07-09-2019, 01:26 PM
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One more pic. Thanks Gerry!!!!!!!
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Looks good! What do you figure was ‘total cost’ on this?


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You would have to tax my memory. If I recall correctly the scales were $150. The tablet was around $50. The aluminum shields were about $12. The board and boxes and wiring was $125 that Gerry made for me. I ended up with an extra two scales I will use on the mill.
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Did the scales come with the LCD displays too? The tablet display looks good.

You will still need to verify the dimensions manually, but the dro is a very nice addition.

I would like to add a set to each of the mills at work. I just need to do some research to find an affordable set that the boss will purchase.



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Old 07-09-2019, 02:55 PM
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Did the scales come with the LCD displays too? The tablet display looks good.

You will still need to verify the dimensions manually, but the dro is a very nice addition.

I would like to add a set to each of the mills at work. I just need to do some research to find an affordable set that the boss will purchase.



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The scales were purchased as a group. Everything else was was separate. Gerry built the brain.
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