70022Re: [Bulk] RE: [mach1mach2cnc] BackLash.. Finally.!! :)
- Mar 1, 2007Hi Paul:
Thanks fo rthe comments. All true.. Its all a high wire balancing act in the end..
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----- Original Message -----
From: Paul W. Chamberlain
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2007 11:44 AM
Subject: Re: [Bulk] RE: [mach1mach2cnc] BackLash.. Finally.!! :)
I think backlash is probably a moot point for machines that have axis
drive components designed to allow zero mechanical backlash... just
as the user that only has a parallel port, keyboard and mouse can
ignore the issues with more elaborate I/O boards and controllers.
Since Art has thankfully chosen to provide a solution for virtually
every conceivable CNC driven contraption, there are some machines
that cannot acheive zero mechanical backlash without complications or
damage to the axis drive components.
Many desktop/benchtop machines have factory axis drive leadscrews
that are conventional thread, or maybe Acme thread, running in a
metal nut... some of those without backlash adjustment. Aproaching
<0.001" backlash may cause binding with the slightest variation in
the leadscrew thread. Also, increased wear of the nut at those
tolerances compounds the backlash issue run-to-run.
Most desktop machine manufacturers reccomend 0.002" to 0.005"
backlash as acceptable for their machines... originally designed for
manual operation. Upgrading to ballscrews or comparable may be
difficult due to available space and/or the budget of a hobby class
operator. Then there are those that would rather make parts... not
try to build/modify the ultimate machine.
A classic example I can think of where backlash error shows up is a
3/8" circular pocket for a press-in bushing, without changing to a
reamer or boring head. With backlash, there will be steps at the 90
degree transitions of the arcs. A 1/2" - 1 sec. backlash comp does
little for this example. I realize the large format gantry routers
are in a whole different realm where distance and speed are
concerned. My cudos to Art for trying so hard to allow all of us
getting what we want... just hope his sanity holds out until we get
For what it's worth... when I was running MPS2003 (DOS) on my Taig,
backlash comp worked for my circular pocket example. I'm guessing
that much simpler program didn't even try to address accel/decel
issues... probably not even aware of servo/encoder systems.
Paul, Central OR
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Mark Vaughan" <mark@...> wrote:
> The trouble with all this backlash compensation is backlash is play
> Whether compensation is, or is not required depends on the
> cutting force, whether you are climb or conventional milling.
> Fine on a lathe where load is normally in the same direction.
> Because mach offers backlash compensation many diy users will think
> to build a machine with half an inch of backlash and mach will take
> We need to all be very careful what we understand can and cannot be
> with Art's backlash system.
> There is no substitute here for tight screws. (No pun intended).
> Dr. Mark Vaughan Ph'D. B.Eng. M0VAU
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> On Behalf Of Rich Crook
> Sent: 01 March 2007 08:08
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [Bulk] RE: [mach1mach2cnc] BackLash.. Finally.!! :)
> Umm... I think you've got that backwards.
> 0.0001 mm is *one tenth* of a micron! A micron is a thousandth of a
> mm, or .00003937" (just shy of 4 ten thousandths).
> I'm pretty sure he meant .0001"
> = Rich =
> >Holy shit, 0.0001mm is about 4 microns! Did you have to pawn your
> >second born for your glass scales? Are you sure you don't mean
> >Hi Andy:
> >According to my glass scales, the backlash is exact to .0001mm on
> >Thats about as exact as my system can handle...
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