Thursday, February 14, 2008

Webcam on Sherline and Mach3

I received the webcam I ordered yesterday afternoon.

After removal of a few screws and a quick cut with a cutter, the NEW webcam was butchered to what remains as shown in photo below...

The same webcam on the Sherline for size comparison...

Mounted on the chuck... The shank of the webcam pillar is 5mm...

A close up photo of the webcam mounted on the high speed spindle... After a quick alignment, a drop of superglue fixes the plastic ball to the webcam casing...

A screen capture showing the video using Mach3 video overlay... I didn't do a screen capture of the CenterCam image which was better and had more options...

Overall, I'm very happy with the webcam... picture quality is very good, exposure adjustment is perfect even in minimal lighting condition... Possibly want to make better housing for the webcam to ensure perfect alignment everytime it is used... or abuse...

4 comments:

Muhammad said...

hi, my name is ameen. I stumbled upon your blog while doing research for my final year project. You've done some really cool projects and i think theres a lot i can learn from u. i was hoping u could give me some advice. I'm making a CNC machine much like the one u built. i really liked ur z-axis design. do u think its practical for me to use the same design for all 3 axes (instead of using a cross vice for the x&y axes like u did)? pls reply to ismi.ameen@gmail.com. thanx

9W2BSR said...

Ameen,

I don't think you can use it for X or Y axis. Z axis has very little side-to-side moment, most load is parallel to the axis' travel direction. Why not base you machine on the JGRO router... More details at CNCZone.com... Start from this thread... http://www.cnczone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17279

Fritz said...

Hi, can you tell me what type of webcam that is, where did you buy it and how much it cost?
Thanks

Basir Atan said...

Any webcam will do... just find one that's easy to open and attach the shaft... mine is by e-view and cost me about US15 only...