Sunday, October 11, 2009

Waking Up to X10, Linux & Cron

Anyone who knows me will tell you I am not a morning person.  Maybe it's the shock to the system brought about by an alarm clock blaring, naturally followed by the squinted eyes when I flick the lights on.  Especially in the winter when the days are short, waking up before the sun is a pain, but a necessary part of life.  However, using a little technology and creativity, I hope to lessen the dread of the morning routine.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Telescopic Way Cover for X3 Mill

Owners of these small mills will know that the Y axis is the most vulnerable to metal swarf and contaminants as the ways can become exposed while machining.  The X axis is never exposed directly, and the Z axis is vertical which provides some protection as the chips just fall off.  Given I have CNC converted my X3 mill, and have added flood coolant and ball screws, it is even more critical for me that the Y axis be protected.