So i thought with some left over bits after upgrading my X carve i would try and build a powered Router lift.
I really don't know anything about Arduinos, coding or really the hardware so it will be a bit of a learning curve.
I started by finding a youtube video which is roughly what i'm trying to do.
So i started buying bits
I went for a larger keypad as i want some additional features and with a TB6600 stepper driver, so i will need to change the wiring diagram a little to suit.
I quickly stripped off the bits i didn't need off a cheap router i picked up and mounted my old Z axis set up to the router for testing.
The ultimate plan is to have a number of micro switches, one at the bottom of travel, one at the top and one on a bracket connected via a fly lead. The plan is the controller can be told to send the router all the way down as a "parked" position and all the way up to change the bit. The third switch will be for "homing" the bit flush with the bend top. The idea is i'd put a bit in, send the router to the parked position and then home the machine, this would keep rasing the router until the tip of the bit pushes the microswitch held on top. This should be then flush and give a starting point. Key in the depth and the router should lift up.
Well thats the plan... lol we will see if the outcome is the same. I need to play around with the electronics and the mechanical bits before mounting the whole thing in to the bench.
Might need some help on coding and connections along the way.