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XATC = Automatic Tool Changer

Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:46 am
by xpix
Hello Friends,

I'm proud to present my XATC (eXtremly simple automatic Tool Changer). The most ATC's for spindles cost around up to 2500 and more bucks. For me it's to expensive and i play a small braingame "If it possible to make this process more simple and cheaper?" and the Answer is "yes!".


https://youtu.be/jHofj3efzfo

https://github.com/xpix/XATC
https://github.com/xpix/XDisPlace
https://goo.gl/photos/7d8XENj4XetwA66G7

What do you think about it? :)

Re: XTC = Automatic Tool Changer

Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:01 am
by WillAdams

Re: XTC = Automatic Tool Changer

Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:51 am
by PsyKo
Hi frank,

Great job.
So you can now mill PCB automatically, including tool change and tool length offset sensing ?

Re: XTC = Automatic Tool Changer

Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:54 pm
by twforeman
That's a very clever solution.

Re: XTC = Automatic Tool Changer

Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:50 pm
by xpix
Thanks Friends!!
PsyKo wrote: Great job.
So you can now mill PCB automatically, including tool change and tool length offset sensing ?
Sure, i mean close to ... everything it's beta and a prototype. After the toolchange (a macro running in Chilipeppr) i develop a solution to touch the micro switch in the middle of platform. The good thing, i can fire up an alarm if the tool not changed :)

I wait now for the extra sockets and a special socket: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B01B1P7ZDC
I hope with this "Gator Grip" the XTC dont need a pre-position handling anymore and make this process more easy. :D

Re: XTC = Automatic Tool Changer

Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:38 pm
by JeromyReno
brilliant

Re: XTC = Automatic Tool Changer

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:06 pm
by bharbour
Wow...an elegant solution!

Re: XTC = Automatic Tool Changer

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:35 am
by RobCee
Wow! Very inventive. I will watch the progress of this project closely.

Re: XATC = Automatic Tool Changer

Posted: Wed May 04, 2016 6:54 pm
by GrblGru
My respect ! That's what I call a cool idea.