#linuxcnc | Logs for 2013-10-24

[01:57:00] <_DJ_> moin
[02:11:07] <MacGalempsy_> Hi DJ.
[02:41:59] <mrsun> when cutting a taper, its very important to be exactly on center with the tool ?
[02:42:13] <mrsun> in the lathe
[02:42:50] <MacGalempsy_> that would make the most sense
[02:43:07] <MacGalempsy_> or else your taper would be off centered
[02:44:34] <archivist> it would not be the taper you want
[02:44:44] <archivist> curved I think
[02:44:51] <mrsun> thinking like when indicating a tapered thing.. if you are not on exact center of the taper the it will be off
[02:46:42] <archivist> I like my taper turning attachment :)
[02:46:58] <mrsun> =)
[02:47:23] <mrsun> but you still need to have the tool on exact center to be able to turn an accurate taper with that ? :)
[02:47:33] <archivist> yes
[02:48:02] <mrsun> but how to find the exact center... more then putting a piece in and facing it and adjusting until i get no spiggot in the center
[02:49:40] <archivist> or compare to a centre in the tailstock
[02:49:58] <archivist> nice pointy one
[02:50:42] <mrsun> yeah, got a new dead center i usaly do that with but its hard to see imo =)
[02:52:53] <mrsun> prepearing myself to cut the taper on the collet chuck ... =)
[02:53:04] <mrsun> everything is done except the taper and some pin holes =)
[02:53:36] <MacGalempsy_> sounds exciting. still working on wiring diagrams and controller i/o list
[03:17:08] <archivist> mrsun, you need a conimeter while cutting it
[03:21:41] <archivist> patented 1944 number is 587175
[03:21:50] <archivist> gb patent
[03:59:28] <Tom_itx> mrsun, on the old bar machines i ran we had a height gage to rest the tool on to know when it was on center
[03:59:47] <Tom_itx> make a height gage to set the tool to
[04:44:44] <mrsun> got the taper cut, and blued up and tested and looks like i got GOOD contact on the taper =)
[04:44:59] <mrsun> (set the angle up with a sine bar so i should have gotten quite close) =)
[05:36:39] <MacGalempsy_> morning anyone around?
[06:11:56] <jthornton> nope]
[06:22:35] <MacGalempsy_> i seeee
[06:24:11] <MacGalempsy_> just about done laying out the wiring for the mesa card i/o, but will need additional room. do you know if I can use a parport card in addition to mesa?
[06:24:24] <MacGalempsy_> or is it better to stick with one brand?
[06:31:17] <jthornton> you can use a parport card or get a second card for the 5i25, your using a 5i25 right?
[06:37:01] <MacGalempsy_> yes, it is a 5i25 and 7i77 combo. so I am thinking about getting the 7i64 serial expansion card.
[06:37:21] <MacGalempsy_> this will give enough i/o to evenually add more stuff to the madness
[06:38:52] <MacGalempsy_> hoping to start connecting the machine to the 7i77 but still having pc issues not reading the mesa card...
[06:39:54] <jthornton> which card is not seen?
[06:40:04] <MacGalempsy_> th 5i25....
[06:40:15] <MacGalempsy_> the workstation will not boot with the card in there
[06:43:37] <jthornton> that's odd
[06:44:16] <MacGalempsy> yeah. it is a lenovo m57
[06:44:37] <jthornton> no clue what that is
[06:44:43] <MacGalempsy> i read that other people were having a hard time getting non oem cards to work with that model
[06:45:14] <MacGalempsy> I need to try again, but want to find someone that has a pc that works. it showed up on the workstation
[06:46:30] <MacGalempsy> anyways, got to go to bed. welding a table for this thing this afternoon.
[08:16:34] <PetefromTn> Mornin' folks.
[08:17:12] <jdh> whuttup pete
[08:21:46] <PetefromTn> Oh nothing much what R U up to?
[08:22:00] <jdh> I'm busily turning the wheels of industry.
[08:22:10] <PetefromTn> Damn wish I was LOL
[08:22:36] <jdh> I did spend fri-tue in florida though. It was lovely.
[08:22:59] <PetefromTn> Kinda bummed out today. was supposed to meet with a potential customer yesterday afternoon about a production project and he flaked on me.
[08:23:10] <PetefromTn> Nice wish I was in Fla now LOL
[11:52:28] <PetefromTn> Forum seems dead today LOL
[11:54:49] <JT_Shop> wow qcad can import a G code file and save it as a dxf
[11:56:26] <skunkworks> that just seems backwards ;)
[11:58:03] <PetefromTn> Yeah I heard that before.
[11:58:20] <PetefromTn> Thats mostly for the GGG guys no?
[11:58:23] <archivist> now we can reverse engineer old punched tape
[12:05:12] <PetefromTn> Jeez man my damn design computer is dying on me. The monitor output has a problem I have not been able to figure out.
[12:06:02] <PetefromTn> Thinking about buying a refurb tower from some online place as I have a nice monitor actually two of them and wireless keyboard and mouse I love here already.
[12:07:16] <CaptHindsight> what version of QCad?
[12:09:31] <IchGuckLive> hi all B)
[12:14:49] <PetefromTn> Hey Ich..
[12:15:57] <jdh> he needs an NN
[12:16:19] <CaptHindsight> JT_Shop: does it require some plugin or is it a version later than
[12:18:26] <PetefromTn> what's an NN?
[12:18:39] <archivist> nit nurse
[12:18:59] <PetefromTn> Oh not Nunchuck Ninja then..
[12:19:07] <jdh> KarmaNNGhia
[12:19:15] <PetefromTn> Aah..
[12:19:28] <CaptHindsight> ah fedora only packages an old version the qcad website current is v3.4.0
[12:21:53] <IchGuckLive> CaptHindsight: use librecad
[12:22:13] <PetefromTn> I'm using freecad...pretty decent for free.
[12:22:14] <CaptHindsight> IchGuckLive: you missed the discussion
[12:22:27] <CaptHindsight> I use NX and sometimes solidworks
[12:22:32] <JT_Shop> 3.4
[12:23:21] <JT_Shop> http://www.qcad.org/en/qcad-downloads-trial
[12:23:21] <CaptHindsight> IchGuckLive: qcad 3.4 can import gcode and output it as a dxf
[12:23:33] <JT_Shop> it also exports g code
[12:23:38] <JT_Shop> but I can't get it to work
[12:24:55] <IchGuckLive> nice
[12:25:17] <IchGuckLive> it needs a Acad r12
[12:26:16] <PetefromTn> Apparently it is just 2d stuff. You can use draftsight for free and it is autocad clone works great.
[12:27:45] <CaptHindsight> heh, when I just tried to run it I first looked for how to extrude and rotate.... but hey this is only 2D :)
[12:27:58] <PetefromTn> hehe...
[12:28:52] <PetefromTn> is PCW around?
[12:29:41] <pcw_home> yep
[12:30:01] <PetefromTn> Hey man howyadoin?
[12:30:18] <PetefromTn> Got some good news. dunno if you heard or not.
[12:30:50] <PetefromTn> remember yesterday we were discussing the spindle noise issue popping some errors on my cincinatti Arrow 500 VMC?
[12:31:36] <jdh> you can extrude in draftsight
[12:32:09] <PetefromTn> After talking to you about it and discussing grounds and ground loops I decided to go out there and look at the ground situation on the machine. While poking around and inspecting the grounds on the Hitachi 15HP VFD I found nothing.
[12:32:48] <Tom_itx> it would likely be 2d
[12:33:09] <PetefromTn> However When I poked around at the long multi position screw terminal ground strip I found a single tiny wire that was not hooked up. Seems it was an original wire from the old control that had two wires into a single crimp
[12:33:15] <jdh> until you extrude it.
[12:33:38] <Tom_itx> will it extrude the z data?
[12:33:54] <jthornton> draftsight exports g code?
[12:34:13] <Tom_itx> the problem with cutter paths is you never end up with the solid you would have started with
[12:34:32] <PetefromTn> I guess one of the wires I used to go ground one thing and the other went somewhere else to ground something else and they both went under the same ground terminal. Well one of the wires pullled out. I checked where it goes and reinstalled it into another ground terminal and now my spindle on and off errors seem to be gone!!!
[12:34:38] <jdh> jt: no
[12:35:09] <PetefromTn> No draftsight exports dxf or dwg etc. files for import into Cam.
[12:35:51] <pcw_home> Well if the VFD isn't grounded, the return current from the PWM switching in to the motor
[12:35:52] <pcw_home> capacitance will happily travel down the DB25 cable to the PC causing havoc...
[12:35:56] <jthornton> no reason to add an extra cog in the wheel
[12:35:59] <Tom_itx> i should start a gcode export service :)
[12:36:14] <pcw_home> glad its working now
[12:36:54] <CaptHindsight> PetefromTn: every used machine I ever get has wiring problems
[12:36:58] <PetefromTn> Yeah man I am REALLY glad because those errors were ANNOYING! The VFD WAS grounded and I used heavy cables for that...
[12:38:09] <PetefromTn> CaptHindsight: Yeah but this machine has been completely gutted and I installed all brand new motors and drives and computer etc. I just re-used some of the original low voltage wire to do the new stuff back there and this one wire has a dual crimp into the same terminal. One just popped out is all and I did not find it for awhile.
[12:39:12] <PetefromTn> pcw_home: Yeah man I would STILL like to test out that isolation board you were telling me about it might help me to avert future problems..
[12:40:18] <PetefromTn> CaptHindsight: Even the wiring harness between the new motors and drives is all brand new and made by the manufacturer. The only thing left original in this VMC is the spindle motor and some of the toolchanger electronics and pneumatics.
[12:41:49] <CaptHindsight> must have been frustrating
[12:41:55] <jthornton> PetefromTn, is your spindle motor an AC servo?
[12:42:52] <PetefromTn> jthornton: No it is a very large three phase AC motor that HAD a resolver for feedback which I am gonna change out for a nice encoder I bought for it at some point so I can rigid tap again.
[12:43:35] <PetefromTn> CaptHindsight: Actually it was MUCH easier than the last retrofit I did which was on a manual mill. The basic three axis machine only took about a month to get running.
[12:43:37] <jthornton> ok, mine is a Siemens AC servo and I need to put a vector drive in there I understand
[12:44:05] <PetefromTn> jthornton: Yeah that is what I am using, a large derated vector drive. Hitachi 15hp.
[12:44:24] <PetefromTn> jthornton: what machine?
[12:46:25] <JT_Shop> BP Discovery 308
[12:47:21] <PetefromTn> Hmm interesting that smaller machine has a servo spindle.
[12:54:02] <JT_Shop> it has a Siemens modular drive for the spindle and the axes... which is a PIA!
[12:55:55] <CaptHindsight> has anyone been happy with using http://www.automationdirect.com/adc/Overview/Catalog/Programmable_Controllers
[12:56:16] <JT_Shop> for longer than I can remember
[12:56:48] <JT_Shop> I've use the DL series for a long time
[12:56:56] <CaptHindsight> JT_Shop: no reliability issues?
[12:57:31] <CaptHindsight> was just looking at those http://www.automationdirect.com/adc/Overview/Catalog/Programmable_Controllers/DirectLogic_Series_PLCs_%28Micro_to_Small,_Brick_-a-_Modular%29
[12:57:46] <JT_Shop> once, a forklift put a blade though the panel and once an indoor application got flooded but we just dried it out and it went back to work
[12:58:18] <CaptHindsight> they are lower cost than used Allen Bradley
[12:58:23] <JT_Shop> so one out of 100+ and I've never seen a forklift proof PLC
[12:58:32] <tandoori> moo
[12:58:40] <JT_Shop> you ain't seen nothing yet, get a price on AB software
[12:58:49] <CaptHindsight> yeah i know
[12:59:07] <JT_Shop> I do AB and Panasonic as well
[12:59:13] <CaptHindsight> had to get it to control some servos
[12:59:17] <JT_Shop> depends on the customer
[12:59:48] * JT_Shop is off for a brisk ride in the woods
[13:00:06] <Tom_itx> watch out for goblins
[13:00:41] <CaptHindsight> it was just hot and humid here, now we're below freezing at night
[13:01:25] <PetefromTn> I used the Teco motors and drives from Machmotion coupled with the Mesa Combo and Linux CNC on this machine.
[13:01:35] <PetefromTn> So far so good!!
[13:03:45] <jdh> I have one AD PLC. The ethernet communication to it is flakey.
[13:03:56] <Jymmm> YAY!!!!! http://www.care2.com/causes/mexico-bans-gmo-corn-effective-immediately.html
[13:16:15] <Tom_itx> so they'll be smuggling corn back to mexico as they bring their other goods this way?
[13:19:08] <IchGuckLive> Folks at what version of linuxcnc mesa 5i25+7i76 is plug and play pncconf supported
[13:19:31] <pcw_home> I think you will always want the latest pncconf
[13:19:32] <IchGuckLive> 2.5.x + ?
[13:20:19] <IchGuckLive> does it come with the latest master
[13:20:45] <IchGuckLive> today all elctronics arrived and i will start to mount tommorow
[13:22:59] <CaptHindsight> aren't they violating Monsantos right to make money in Mexico? :)
[13:25:20] <skunkworks> This is pretty darn cute
[13:25:21] <skunkworks> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkBDRUO8hAo
[13:26:56] <CaptHindsight> when I was a kid they used to do that to us with lighter fluid and matches, how times have changed
[13:29:40] <skunkworks> we used radium
[13:30:27] <IchGuckLive> im off by
[13:39:08] <CaptHindsight> http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/615993083/LSDH_100WS_Worm_gear_motorized_rotary.html first I've seen these
[13:55:40] <PetefromTn> Gottta go talk later...
[14:01:40] <tjtr33> CaptHindsight, got any pricing on those worm drive rotaries?
[14:02:00] <CaptHindsight> tjtr33: someone just asked about them on the ML
[14:02:11] <CaptHindsight> I'm going to check into them
[14:02:21] <tjtr33> thx , must be slow mail here
[14:02:47] <CaptHindsight> Hiwin in Taiwan had to start somewhere and they are on par with Newport and others
[14:02:53] <tjtr33> i'd be interested if i could invert them and hang edm tooling onto the face plate
[14:03:20] <CaptHindsight> I use them on trunnions, they work in any position
[14:03:21] <tjtr33> was that hiwin? ( tomp rechecks alibaba listing ... )
[14:03:52] <CaptHindsight> Liansheng Experiment Technic Assembly Co., Ltd.
[14:04:17] <CaptHindsight> they aren't too far from me there
[14:05:49] <CaptHindsight> I see the exact same machine tools used there. It just comes down to caring and experience for the end result.
[14:08:17] <CaptHindsight> http://jxlskj.en.alibaba.com/product/640422302-214228997/Motorized_Translation_Stages_with_Dust_Protection.html
[14:08:47] <CaptHindsight> the backlash on these is not the greatest Backlash: <0.03mm
[14:08:51] <tjtr33> interesting stuff. do you think its quality is comparible to Newport/Aerotech?
[14:09:08] <CaptHindsight> no idea, I'll try to visit them the next trip
[14:09:39] <tjtr33> keep us posted, have fun on the trip!
[14:10:58] <CaptHindsight> they seem more focus on the optical bench market and less on cnc automation
[14:12:01] <CaptHindsight> I've been looking for a supplier of lower grade automation parts for appliances
[14:12:47] <andypugh> CaptHindsight: Car seat rails.
[14:14:06] <CaptHindsight> andypugh: Newport, Aerotek, Anorad with the price tag much lower and slightly lesser specs and durability
[14:14:32] <tjtr33> fer sure LianSheng thinks they are on par with Newport/Aerotech ( from pricing ) http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Motorized-Rotary-Stage/419704285.html
[14:14:59] <CaptHindsight> wow, didn't expect that
[14:16:25] <CaptHindsight> well lets see, 180mm aperture, stepper driven, 60kg load (horiz)
[14:18:28] <CaptHindsight> http://search.newport.com/?q=*&x2=sku&q2=RV160PP $6842
[14:20:34] <CaptHindsight> the LianSheng has about 1/2 -1/4 the accuracy and eccentricity
[14:22:15] <tjtr33> what? there aint no free lunch?
[14:23:00] <andypugh> 1/4 the eccentricity is good...
[14:23:37] <CaptHindsight> 1/4 worse
[14:24:25] <CaptHindsight> l0oks about 5x 4um vs 20um
[14:25:36] <CaptHindsight> http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Motorized-Rotary-Stage/419707930.html this one is similar to ones I use
[14:26:03] <CaptHindsight> but I even rework the newports that cost ~10K
[14:28:10] <CaptHindsight> tjtr33: are these big enough for your app? http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Motorized-Rotation-Stage/503111_419699128.html
[14:30:58] <CaptHindsight> now I'm wondering where the actual factory is
[14:32:12] <tjtr33> hey thats interesting enuf for me to contactthem, the 10kg Vert spec is weak tho
[14:32:16] <tjtr33> thx!
[14:32:37] <CaptHindsight> LianSheng has the docs, so they are most likely the source
[14:33:34] <tjtr33> dragon mountain? Liang Shen ( maybe dyslexic :)
[14:34:48] <tjtr33> wow, you rework Newports?
[14:35:18] <tjtr33> gots to go, thx bye bye
[14:36:41] <andypugh> My iPhone has a fingerprint detector. Guess what I did in the workshop last night?
[14:37:29] <CaptHindsight> made a copy of your finger?
[14:38:25] <CaptHindsight> sounds like a smudge detector
[14:38:35] <andypugh> No, I removed much of my index fingerprint
[14:39:36] <tjtr33> hehe Tomaz's mail just showed up ( my slow service reminds me of 'stupid Newton!' )
[14:47:27] <CaptHindsight> http://shzhengxin.en.alibaba.com/product/349059575-212106725/Motorized_Linear_Stage_ZXT_050_500_HA03.html
[15:37:20] <false> andypugh: that sucks man
[15:37:44] <false> They weren't able to reattach?
[15:38:37] <andypugh> It's nothing serious, just wore (or burned, can't even recall) the fingertip smooth.
[15:38:55] <false> Oh, you removed the fingerprint?
[15:38:56] <andypugh> It will grow back.
[15:39:22] <andypugh> Yeah. The finger is still fine.
[15:39:27] <false> I thought you meant you cut it off completely :P
[15:39:50] <false> that would really get in the way of your hm2 activities
[15:40:04] <andypugh> That would be bad. More by good luck than good judgement I do still have all the sticky-out bits :-)
[15:40:09] <false> which we so desperately need.
[15:40:36] <false> That's true for most of us, once you're on auto-pilot things go wrong
[15:42:09] <false> andypugh: I'm writing a hal component for my toolchanger, is there an easy way to set the current tool from inside a comp?
[15:42:42] <false> Or do I need to modify my iocontol to accept an update flag like in the triac_changer comp?
[15:43:24] <andypugh> You want something to spot that you have changed tools and update LinuxCNC to suit?
[15:43:48] <false> I couldn't find a rw hal pin that contains this information.
[15:43:59] <andypugh> I am pretty sure that there isn't one.
[15:44:10] <false> Yes
[15:44:51] <false> I can get around this but I thought let's ask, maybe I'm missing something
[15:44:51] <andypugh> Do you anticipate this happening when the machine is in Auto?
[15:45:32] <andypugh> What would work (out of Auto mode) would be an MDI_COMMAND that runs an M61 to update the tool-in-spindle.
[15:46:02] <andypugh> So, MDI_COMMAND creates a HAL pin, then that triggers a G-code sub that reads a value from HAL and does a G61...
[15:46:25] <andypugh> Not elegant, but ought to work.
[15:46:47] <false> I'll keep that in mind
[15:47:22] <andypugh> My approach is to have a screen of buttons, and if I do my own tool change I tell the system which one I put in.
[15:48:05] <andypugh> But I was thinking of systems that detected which hole in the tool rack was empty, and did it automatically.
[15:48:31] <false> If I do a manual toolchange that's what I do to, for tools that are not normally in the ATC I use numbers above 1000 and check for this condition on startup
[15:49:11] <false> Well I can do that with this atc, but there could be 25 tools in the atc (full) and a tool in the spindle from doing some manual
[15:51:08] <false> So the way I do this right now is: Turn on machine -> home xyz -> home atc -> ask which tool is in the spindle -> rotate to pocket on atc. If a tool is present an error is thrown, the atc shifts two pockets so that the offending pocket is at manual removal position. Then after removing the offending tool I can retry the toolchange from the GUI
[15:52:20] <false> This is also the procedure while in auto mode, if a tool is present it rotates and waits for user input. It then rotates back to the tool pickup position and checks for tool presence/absence again.
[15:53:11] <false> This is also extra safety because there is no "tool present" sensor on the spindle, just clamp locked/unlocked
[15:56:07] <false> quick question: can I use abs function inside a comp?
[15:56:10] <andypugh> Tool-present ought to be easy enough to arrange. (I assume that the pull-stud sits higher when the spindle is empty)
[15:56:39] <andypugh> Yes, though you might have to include a library to get it
[15:57:48] <andypugh> The "abs" function doesn't use it.
[15:58:17] <false> sorry didn't get that last part
[15:58:42] <andypugh> The "abs" HAL component doesn't use abs
[15:58:50] <false> Ah, ok
[15:59:13] <false> It checks below zero and then multiplies by -1?
[15:59:24] <andypugh> Yeah.
[15:59:29] <andypugh> I tend to use v = (v < 0) ? -v : v
[16:00:04] <false> Is that quicker in terms of exection time?
[16:00:27] <andypugh> Probably slower, but you can be sure it will work.
[16:00:52] <andypugh> abs is for ints, there is absf (or fabs, I always forget) for floats.
[16:01:19] <andypugh> But you may need to #include rtapi_math.h to get them.
[16:01:22] <false> I come form C# so I'm a little spoilled
[16:01:56] <false> but in terms of speed nothing beats c pointers
[16:02:22] <false> blisteringly fast :P
[16:02:58] <false> * included
[16:04:04] <andypugh> You can use the ternary operator in places where you would use the abs function, too. ie. q = 32 * abs(v) can be written as q = 32 * ((v < 0)? -v : v)
[16:05:05] <andypugh> Comp has an undocumented feature, you can specify includes, "include" before the ;; does it.
[16:05:36] <false> like so: ?
[16:05:40] <false> #include rtapi_math.h
[16:05:43] <false> blalbal
[16:05:45] <false> ;;
[16:05:58] <andypugh> Just be aware that the C-code is compiled from a temporary file that is not in the same part of the tree as the .comp file
[16:06:15] <andypugh> No, you don't want the # if it is before the ;;
[16:06:39] <andypugh> Though you _can_ use the # _after_ the ;;
[16:06:52] <false> right, here is where my knownlege of C lacks :P
[16:07:05] <andypugh> This is a _comp_ quirk
[16:07:21] <false> Ah, that's to keep it interesting
[16:08:00] <andypugh> the comp script converts the .comp file to C-code in a temporary location, then compiles it.
[16:08:27] <false> but is there a difference in the final result?
[16:13:38] <MacGalempsy> hello
[16:14:08] <MacGalempsy> got a new pc and the latency test is running. anyone help me out how to run glxgears? first time linux user here
[16:14:51] <Loetmichel> MacGalempsy: open a terminal window and type "glxgears" and return ;-)
[16:15:17] <andypugh> false: Which you use depends on if you need the #includes in the setup code/
[16:15:55] <MacGalempsy> excellent Loetmichel things are looking good
[16:16:00] <false> macgalempsy: open a terminal and type "glxgears" without the quest
[16:16:02] <false> quotes
[16:16:10] <andypugh> false: It can be instructive to compile the comp into C (that's one of the options) and see what ends up where in the file.
[16:16:24] <false> andypugh: I will do that
[16:16:34] <MacGalempsy> thanks. servo thread 32000 and base thread 19000
[16:16:37] <MacGalempsy> abouts
[16:16:53] <false> leave it running at least 24 hours
[16:17:01] <_DJ_> gn8
[16:18:15] <false> http://wiki.linuxcnc.org/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?RealTime , I have added some information about the cpu idle stuff, maybe of interest to you
[16:23:07] <MacGalempsy> ok. will run 24 hours. after that I will do permanent install
[16:23:24] <false> macgalempsy: also make sure you use the "isolcpu" feature if you have a multi core cpu. You can check if your settings for isolcpu work by opening your system monitor, if it worked only cpu 1 should show activity, the other one(s) should be flat lines
[16:24:45] <false> cpu 0 that is
[16:25:33] <Tom_itx> andypugh, on a rotary tool changer the empty hole stays indexed until the next tool change
[16:25:40] <Tom_itx> that wouldn't apply to a belt system
[16:26:00] <Tom_itx> which will prefetch the tool and place the old one in it's place
[16:26:24] <andypugh> Tom_itx: Are you referring to the idea for my rack? That's just a physical rack, made of wood :-)
[16:26:39] <CaptHindsight> try running STRESS and heavy Java and Flash laden web pages while running the latency test
[16:27:20] <MacGalempsy> do I type stress into the terminal?
[16:27:23] <Tom_itx> i was reading the scroll on tool changers ( i thought ). i'm kinda outta it atm
[16:27:36] <Tom_itx> i did see your tool rack
[16:27:55] <CaptHindsight> MacGalempsy: you might have to install the Stress package first
[16:29:45] <Tom_itx> on a belt system i suppose the first time you load the tools, T1 will be in the T1 slot but once it starts prefetching and returning tools the order would be scrambled on the belt so the machine would need a tool table for that
[16:30:10] <false> CaptHindsight: I'll remember that one
[16:30:41] <andypugh> Yeah, that's the "Random Toolchanger" option.
[16:30:47] <MacGalempsy> CaptHindsight: ok installed what kind of settings?
[16:31:35] <CaptHindsight> MacGalempsy: if you use too much memory the system will start using Swap
[16:32:13] <Tom_itx> one of our Okumas was like that, the others had the rotary changer
[16:33:02] <Tom_itx> oh and the old boss 5 had the tools laid out on the table in sequence :)
[16:33:49] <CaptHindsight> MacGalempsy: stress --cpu 8 --io 4 --vm 2 --vm-bytes 128M --timeout 100s
[16:33:53] <MacGalempsy> the example is stress --cpu 8 --io 4 --vm2 --vm-bytes 128M --timeout 10s do these look good?
[16:34:03] <MacGalempsy> ok that is what is running
[16:34:12] <CaptHindsight> MacGalempsy: that will run for 10 seconds
[16:34:41] <CaptHindsight> you can change the timeout to 1000 or 10000 to run for much longer
[16:34:49] <CaptHindsight> top
[16:35:29] <CaptHindsight> running top will also show you how much memory and cpu you are using to change the parameters
[16:36:22] <MacGalempsy> should stress run the entire 24hr test?
[16:37:58] <CaptHindsight> MacGalempsy: you can and it's going to tax your whole system including finding out if your cpu heatsink and power supply are adequate
[16:38:00] <MacGalempsy> also, what is a good java website to stress things to the max?
[16:38:20] <CaptHindsight> we have lost 1 or 2
[16:38:41] <MacGalempsy> i just want to make sure the box wont freeze up when machine a complex part
[16:39:35] <andypugh> I think that my 12V supply in my mill keeps dropping out. This is bad, because it mainly feeds the PC.
[16:39:42] <CaptHindsight> with the right settings you can run all your cores at 100% and use up all your RAM
[16:39:57] <Tom_itx> andypugh, did you ever receive those chinese regulators yet?
[16:40:04] <Tom_itx> smps
[16:40:05] <CaptHindsight> the system will get as hot as it will ever get
[16:40:59] <andypugh> Yes, I have a bunch of the step-downs and the step-ups eventually arrived too. And work nicely for waking up an 8i20 from my 30V lab PSU.
[16:41:11] <CaptHindsight> MacGalempsy: I'm not sure how 6you have your BIOS settings now but we generally kill all the power management so we really find out how hot the system is going to get
[16:41:22] <Tom_itx> makes you wonder how they can make them for that price
[16:43:05] <MacGalempsy> so far both max jitters are about the same 32000
[16:44:12] <CaptHindsight> MacGalempsy: I've had systems that ran great except for ~1 time per hour there would be some event that jumps to 100K or more
[16:45:00] <MacGalempsy> CaptHindsight: so with servos and a mesa card, the base thread is the most important?
[16:45:26] <CaptHindsight> MacGalempsy: with servos is much less an issue
[16:45:39] <CaptHindsight> but yes
[16:46:20] <andypugh> Currently I have a 2kW 24V supply, and that runs one of these: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/290686270849 to make the 12V for the PicoPSU in the PC. But it is running pretty hot. So, I might try one of these instead: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200960509542 as I have them, and whilst lower-rated than the others, might prove better.
[16:47:15] <MacGalempsy> what is the significance of the max interval?
[16:48:59] <CaptHindsight> http://wiki.linuxcnc.org/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?TweakingSoftwareStepGeneration
[16:49:39] <Tom_itx> andypugh, your psu doesn't draw more than 3A?
[16:50:08] <andypugh> It's a D510 with a small SSD and no fans.
[16:50:26] <andypugh> Though I guess I should put an ammeter on it :-)
[16:51:48] <Tom_itx> i have one of these in front of my PicpPSU on this itx: http://www.mini-box.com/110w-12v-8-5A-AC-DC-Power-Adapter
[16:52:34] <Tom_itx> http://www.mini-box.com/60w-12v-5A-AC-DC-Power-Adapter
[16:52:38] <Tom_itx> there's a little smaller one
[16:53:20] <Tom_itx> the bigger one has a small fan inside iirc
[16:54:04] <Tom_itx> yes, - Has a small fan, starts only at high load
[16:54:11] <andypugh> I already have 2kW of 24V. Seems daft to add a whole extra PSU
[16:54:28] <Tom_itx> probably so, i didn't have one at the time
[16:55:02] <Tom_itx> but with the hdd mine draws a bit more
[16:55:16] <andypugh> Mx load configuration for the D510MO is 50W, min load is 25W, so the 3A converter is a bit stretched.
[19:01:54] <PetefromTn> Anyone think this is a decent deal? http://knoxville.craigslist.org/ele/4141479397.html
[19:13:07] <PetefromTn> Guess not huh...
[19:14:12] <andypugh> Monitor included?
[19:20:06] <PetefromTn> Nope I think hes keepin it but it does come with keyboard and optical mouse.
[19:30:08] <andypugh> I actually have no idea what second-hand PCs cost.
[19:30:20] <andypugh> And, in fact, I should be asleep
[19:31:57] <PetefromTn> LOL then what are ya doing talking to me then...
[19:33:15] <PetefromTn> My design computer desktop I have been enjoying for awhile now has been giving me some issues and now it won't give me display on the monitor
[19:34:29] <PetefromTn> I was just thinking I would buy a decent used tower to replace and keep my nice large monitor and wirelss keyboard and mouse and install my current HD on the new machine to keep all my pics and software setup.
[21:20:03] <WalterN> https://www.dropbox.com/s/vfxg2afzdrx2465/20131023_001.jpg
[21:20:12] <WalterN> making copper stuff
[21:30:57] <Valen> what is it?
[21:31:14] <WalterN> high current electrical connectors for a certain class of land based oil rigs
[21:32:04] <WalterN> they are made from 1.5" material, and about 5" long
[21:37:05] <Valen> tis a decent plug
[21:37:16] <Valen> would carry the odd amp
[21:37:21] <WalterN> all the amp
[21:37:32] <Valen> XT-900000000 plug huh
[21:37:43] <WalterN> something
[21:37:55] <Valen> http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/catalog/24707.jpg (xt90)
[21:37:59] <WalterN> enough for an LED anyway
[21:38:03] <Valen> perhaps 2
[21:38:25] <Valen> I am curious do you have a pic of a finished cable? what sort of amps/volts do they run?
[21:38:42] <WalterN> life of the machinist
[21:38:50] <WalterN> such things never exist
[21:38:50] <WalterN> heh
[21:38:53] <Valen> :-<
[21:39:21] <Valen> I hate the unfinished bits on the outside
[21:39:25] <Valen> I'd have to polish them ;->
[21:39:36] <WalterN> it gets tin plated after I'm done with them
[21:47:11] <chopper79> Hello, Everyone. I need a little help here. I can not seem to get master to launch. Every time try to launch 2.6 I get 2.5 running. Any help on this please?
[21:51:11] <chopper79> After I make and then sudo make setuid. I try to go to linuxcnc-dev/scripts//rip-environment and it reads Not a directory. What did I miss here?
[21:51:42] <Valen> // is the issue
[21:51:47] <chopper79> Ignore the second /
[21:51:48] <Valen> just one /
[21:51:59] <Valen> nfi then ;->
[21:52:27] <chopper79> linuxcnc-dev/scripts/rip-environment: Not a directory
[21:52:55] <chopper79> Seems I missed something during the process, but after 4 attempts still no luck
[21:55:52] <chopper79> If I ls when in /linuxcnc-dev/scripts$ the list shows rip-environment but in a bold text.
[21:56:18] <chopper79> does the bold text mean anything?
[21:58:02] <Valen> try ./linuxcnc-dev/scripts/rip-environment
[21:58:18] <Valen> it probably *is* a script to run emc in place
[21:58:34] <Valen> (so not cd ./foo just ./foo
[21:58:47] <Valen> or just cd linuxcnc-dev/scripts/
[21:58:53] <Valen> ./rip-environment
[22:00:23] <chopper79> This script should be loaded in the context of your shell, by executing
[22:00:24] <chopper79> . ./rip-environment
[22:00:33] <chopper79> Did this and then it launched. Thanks
[22:00:58] <chopper79> LINUXCNC - 2.6.0~pre joints_axes
[22:03:21] <chopper79> Well I selected a config from the camples and launch failed
[22:03:25] <chopper79> samples
[22:04:57] <chopper79> hal:46: Pin 'axis.0.motor-pos-cmd' does not exist
[22:04:57] <chopper79> Must be a naming error since I am trying JA3.
[22:05:30] <chopper79> I read somewhere that JA3 uses a different naming methode for axis/joints
[22:06:58] <chopper79> Anyone have any insight on the JA3 branch and if there is a log somewhere about changes needing made to launch a sample config?
[22:21:45] <chopper79> Any idea what this means emcTrajSetJoints failing: joints=0 ?
[22:22:03] <chopper79> /linuxcnc-dev/bin/axis", line 2763, in <module>
[22:22:03] <chopper79> jointcount = int(inifile.find("KINS", "JOINTS"))
[22:22:03] <chopper79> TypeError: int() argument must be a string or a number, not 'NoneType'
[23:40:59] <MacGalempsy> ive been running the latency test for well over 4 hours and the machine seems to be stable. I have been hammering the cpu and it seems to be running good.