View Full Version : Suitable for a cnc mill ?

11-01-2010, 10:15 AM
Iím now very eager to start my first project. But as many funds are tight so i've set my self a few goals to achieve this being my first build and have very limited knowledge on cnc In general
My goals in priority are as follows
1. To keep the other all cost of the project to a bare minimum e.g. purchasing second hand from eBay and DIYíing as many parts possible.
2. Keeping it simple as possible due to me lack of experience I donít want to take on something far beyond my skills and just get bogged down struggle and loose enjoyment and interest half may through
3. Reliable donít want to go down the route of having loads of steps lost and having to hover other the machine whilst in operation due to poor quality Chinese electrics ďunless I cant afford to do anything other
4. deep cuts I would like to achieve depths of 40-50mm so when building this machine rigidity to avoid the machine flexing under such stressís will require some thought
5. bed size Iím hoping to achieve a size great the 150 x 305mm of working area and about 150mm rise and fall ďbut I would give or take a inch or so on those dimsĒ

All that aside Iíve got a chance of acquiring this machine it looks very sturdy and I think the name say quite a lot on its build quality but Iím unsure on mounting the vertical stepper movement to it as Iíve got no idea how the stepper would know if it had moved a mm or 10 or 100. Please have a look at the images and let me know what you think.
http://inlinethumb16.webshots.com/44047/2677463790104894065S425x425Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2677463790104894065YjIdeK)
http://inlinethumb49.webshots.com/43184/2775672980104894065S425x425Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2775672980104894065TxFcFh)
http://inlinethumb40.webshots.com/4839/2350751110104894065S425x425Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2350751110104894065PJwuRL)
http://inlinethumb26.webshots.com/46361/2581073090104894065S425x425Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2581073090104894065nWlIIK)

12-01-2010, 07:58 PM
The simple [cruel?] answer is NO - Drills are not easy to convert to milling machines (Although that does look a nice useful tool).