It's about time, huh? I've fooled around and put off programming the PIC MCU processor on this DRO for a few days now; I figured I'd run into some problems with this part of it because I had installed a generic second LPT/printer port PCIA card on this PC some time ago in an attempt to increase the capabilities of the Mach3 CNC software that I'm still not using (but I have a licensed copy!), but that caused the dreaded "blue screen of death" each time I rebooted or started this PC due to conflicting LPT port addresses. Yes, I have FINALLY learned my lesson: if it's worth buying, it's worth buying a quality version! Well, I try to stick to that, but the scales I bought for my Taig were Chinese digital versions... :(
I had an issue with the 8" vertical scale I bought new from an ebay seller-the LCD didn't display the digit in the "ones" place in inches (which would have been the "tens" digit in metric/mm mode) correctly, but I believe the problem to be either in the LCD itself, the LCD driver IC, or a connection between the two. If this is the case, I should be able to use it with this DRO because the display on the scale will be out of sight and not needed. The seller owed me a bit of a refund on the shipping charges, but I'd rather just keep the scale for use on another tool-possibly with another Shumatech DRO. One day I'll have top quality 1 micron (0.00005") glass scales on my favorite manual mill and hopefully on my favorite manual lathe, too, or at least 5 micron (0.0002") glass scales on the lathe and DRO Pros displays on both of those but I'll keep the Shumatech unit(s) for other manual machine tools. The DROs won't be needed on the CNC machines I'll eventually have, which I pray won't be too long from now; I have too many ideas and sincerely believe that I can live a much better life manufacturing multiple versions of those with the assistance of the computer-controlled equipment.
I'm full of hopes and dreams-still, at the age of 30 (even though I had always been sure I'd already have my own shop and would have accomplished more over the course of my life by now), but this IS my calling. No, not just the machine tools/mills/lathes/etc., but electro-mechanical creations to be more specific. My intended major when I started back to school was Pre-Engineering, and the course that seemed to attract me more was the electrical field-even though I've always been more mechanically inclined and had worked for years in steel yards, fab shops, and other jobs where I had built countless creations from metal. Electronics wasn't a hard concept for me to grasp, but there are still more things I don't know about it then I do (or think I do, anyway). I'm no expert in anything, but I always seem to find my way around nearly anything I encounter with relative ease.
OK, OK, OK-enough bragging, boasting, and rambling, here's some more pics:
There are more mods that I'd like to perform to this and mounting the scales will be a job itself, but I've found the perfect aluminum angle at school that I'm planning to use as both scale mounts and protectors-similar to what this guy has done to his Taig here: Some REALLY cool Taig and Rong-Fu mods! I'll cover that stuff later though, I've got some work to do right now.
More to come SOON...