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    i Carver Noise... anyone have similar noises from their machine?

    I bought a new iCarver 915-X in November and after considerable time getting familiar with Artcam software, trying to determine appropriate cutters, feeds, and speeds, and coming up with decent clamping methods, I think I'm about ready to start throwing chips. I've now started cutting but there are noises from the machine that really bother me and I'm afraid I'm just hearing a failure in the making. I'm hoping that others here are familiar with my iCarver or maybe even a different but similar brand and can provide some input on these noises... comforting or not, I really don't know how much I should worry about this.

    I took a video that shows a couple of toy cars sitting under the spindle. This gives a pretty good idea about the path of the program and maybe some indication of what's going on when the noises occur. I believe the noises are related to pulsing of the stepper motors and related changes in speed and direction, but to me, they sure seem awfully loud. There;s also some vibration associated with the noises, but that's difficult to impossible to see in the video.

    Any input will be appreciated... here's a link to the video:

    http://s590.photobucket.com/user/gan...tml?sort=3&o=0
    Last edited by Gary Nelson; 01-03-2014 at 11:02 PM. Reason: typos

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    I cant watch the video right now do to slow internet speed but Stepper motors do make a lot of noise kind of a high pitched whining noise
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    Thanks for the quick input Jay. It's actually not the whining that bothers me... more the chatter and almost grinding noises. I think it's related to the pulsing of the stepper motors, but the noises is just too loud for me to believe it's normal. If you look at the video later I hope you'll get the idea. I appreciate the help.

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    Don't know a thing about them, but agree them noises seem to be the type you hear just before it all goes bad.
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    Oh no!! Well, I guess I did say "comforting or not".

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    This one does not sound anything like yours http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcxdWp0HNbo
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    It could be worse You could be on fire.
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    Yeah, both of those are vey quiet compared to mine, but they're really just doing a straight cut. In all fairness to the machine, in my case I'm cutting various profiles including circles and radii that cause the stepper motors to stop and change directions even. I just don't know how much noise really to expect from those actions, or how much resonance there might be associated with the changes. I guess that just comes form me not being at all familiar with these machines, at least not the cheap ones for woodworking. I retired from a manufacturing plant with plenty of CNC machines, but the quality was way superior to these small ones. If I'd heard these noises wham I was looking at the machine, I'm sure I would have walked away from it. Now I really just want to know how much sleep to lose over it.

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    Isn't it covered ny Warranty? I would return it if it were me
    Does not sound normal
    I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

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    Well it hopefully won't come to that because I do like the machine... just don't trust the noise.

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