Built the 3018 machine just now… not working. The assembly of the machine was not the promised 20 minutes but it was simple enough after broaching some non-existent holes. the screws holding the board in place were a few threads too short but I got them to do what they should. The assembly was very carefully done and nothing was bent or damaged in the process. I may not know enough about the hand controller so could not get the Y axis to work although the motor makes a noise then stops as if stuck. The X axis appeared a bit sticky at first but now seems to be ok. the Z axis is fine but an auto stop would be useful.
Both X & Y screw threads appeared to be straight. All metal parts were cleaned of swarf before assembly was started. The bearings on the rails could possibly be a bit smoother and i wonder if there was any opinion about using grease of some sort on the stainless steel round rails. If I were to connect my computer via a USB lead to the machine, should Easel be capable of running it with no Z axis input other than spindle speed? Incidentally the speed of the spindle is nowhere near the claimed 10,000rpm. I was wanting to see for myself how the code would figure out what was required.
Any ideas about what needs to be done to troubleshoot and diagnose the issues would be most welcome. Just building the machine had me saying to myself what have I gotten myself into.
The movie is now very much smaller (apologies for the poor quality) and not too big in file size so I could upload it. I think it will assist other folk to get to the bottom of the problem. Thanks in advance for any thoughts offered.