I ran into Scott on cnczone. He has made a vertical cnc lathe. I consider scott to be Icrontic's resident machinist. THe man has serious skills. Anyways, if you want to check it out here's the link. http://www.cnczone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=59630
On to parts
Besides my pillow bearing blocks, I think all of my parts have arrived. I think I went a little overboard with 30 feet of the shielded wire for my steppers. I may just have to try and use that for all my home switches and limit switches. Not sure how that'll work out on the limit switches since they have 3 connections. Only thing left to get are some 1/4watt 1k resisters. Not sure where the resisters go in the line with the steppers but Hopefully I can dig up an answer.
My only concern is with my $300.00 Gecko order. It basically is the nervous system of the whole machine. It controls the motors and oh so much more. I noticed one of the corners is bent and there are some light scratches on the back of the G540.I'm wondering if it may be a returned unit. I've only heard outstanding things about them and their customer service. If I run into any troubles I will see if their reputation holds true. I may send an email, just to let them know in case I run into any problems.
I hope to make big progress over the weekend. It won't be actual go time till next weekend (if I'm lucky). I'm going to try my hardest to stay offline to save all my energy and focus for the final leg of the build. So if you post and I don't reply Friday onwards please forgive me.
I know looking at the pictures may be Greek to some, but I do plan on going through every inch of the build and parts in a follow up post. There is just so much I'm learning every week. So far this has been a real challenge and as I near the end, the hill just seems to climb steeper. But I'm going to push forward. and the end is near. Well till the next build. :)