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  1. #111
    Lathe looks really nice, well done. Colour scheme matches your decor !

    I was in the same place as you - hadn't used one since school and had plans for a CNC conversion. But I've been running the lathe for a while now, and made some nice parts, and most operations are pretty intuitive and you can get up to speed with the general stuff quickly. DROs are so handy, I have a colleague who still uses the dials on his lathe and is happy, but I couldn't go back to that system now.

    So what I would say is use it for a while before thinking about CNC. I've found that it is pretty quick to make the parts 'by hand' if they are one-offs, and for me at least the CNC conversion idea is now on hold. If I do ever go CNC then I'd look to keep the handles in similar places as MPGs and have the easy option of semi auto operation.
    Building a CNC machine to make a better one since 2010 . . .
    MK1 (1st photo), MK2, MK3, MK4

  2. #112
    Quote Originally Posted by Zeeflyboy View Post
    No news on the CNC front, apart from that I've just ordered a big fat stack of aluminium, which is enough to do pretty much all of the remaining parts (just the spindle mount and the extrusion for the gantry missing). Hopefully that'll arrive sometime towards the end of the week.

    However I haven't been totally idle, I have just installed my newest toy which is going to be a bit of a distraction! I haven't used a lathe in many moons, probably not since I was 16 at school, and I have pretty much no idea what I'm doing so it's going to take a bit of time to learn it all. Intentions are to get to grips with using it manually then think about a conversion to CNC.

    Wabeco D4000 with DRO's:

    Playing with some test scrap:

    Mmmmm... complicated....

    Anyway, hope to have the aluminium by the end of the week and apart from finishing off the BBQ project, carrying on the new router is top of my list so should see some progress soon.
    Could this end machine ballscrews?
    Last edited by Desertboy; 04-07-2017 at 09:10 PM. My first CNC build WIP 120cm*80cm

    If you didn't buy it from China the company you bought it from did ;)

  3. #113
    routercnc - Haha yeah it does go rather nicely doesn't it! Happy accident!

    Yeah it has occurred to me that certain jobs are much quicker and easier to do manually, but I think threading and complex shapes like balls/curves are certainly going to be easier on a cnc'd version, especially for someone of questionable skill such as myself... Ideally I would be able to use it both manually and automatically, which I suppose should be possible with a nice pendant. Definitely intend to use it manually for the foreseeable though so we shall see how things go.

    Desertboy - In theory, the bore is 20mm so it can certainly physically accept a 16mm ball screw for machining. I believe machining them is a bit of an art though. Probably somewhat depends on the screw and how hardened it is. I think everything I have seen suggests that you need to grind off the case hardening before trying to end machine them.

  4. #114
    So been a bit busy with work, but this afternoon I had a bit of a play with the lathe.

    Trying to make some nice snug shoulder screws for the alignment of the X-Axis mounting plate. I've just been getting the hang of it all really so only made the one so far.... Think I need a slitting saw to make the slot on the top.

    I've tried both brass and stainless steel. Brass is certainly easier to work, but not sure what to go with.

    Test fit:

    Figured out this threading thing... seems it would be much easier to do this sort of operation if it was CNC'd up. The change gears are a bit of a faff.

    Fits nicely:

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  6. #115
    Good looking machine and nice work with the machining. It's handy to have another cnc that can do the machining, I had do all my stuff by hand and using templates sometimes.
    Last edited by EddyCurrent; 08-07-2017 at 07:18 PM.
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  7. #116
    I know stainless can be a pain to machine but i would still use it in your application, think there would be a problem with brass in ally(electrolosis) if its exposed to moisture.
    How are you cutting the thread ? i use single point tool (easy to grind) and set the topslide over to half the included angle so you only cut on one flank.
    Machine looks great

  8. #117
    I'm using a carbide insert threading tool.

    The actual cutting of the thread seems fine, just a bit of a faff setting up change gears if one wants to change between different thread pitches or go back to a longitudinal feed.

    Both brass and stainless can cause galvanic corrosion with aluminium, not sure if brass is significantly worse or not. Was probably going to use a smidge of anti seize compound whatever material I end up using...

    Do you have a good source of Info for final outer diameter and depth of cut for threading?

    Edit - so I found this resource

    So if I understand correctly, for example with this m5x0.8 thread I need here:

    - Turn the portion to be threaded to 5mm.

    - Thread with 0.8mm pitch until a depth of 0.69mm

    - Skim across to reduce the outer diameter to say 4.8mm

    Is that the correct process?
    Last edited by Zeeflyboy; 09-07-2017 at 11:29 AM.

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  10. #118
    I always reduce the OD before screw cutting(H/8 in that link) then touch the tool on the OD, zero the dials and cut as mentioned earlier using the ofset topslide for infeed, if i have a lot to do i will usually knock up a gauge(of sorts) by tapping some stock with the taps i am using to make the matting holes, for anything large i have a couple of sets of thread parallels and some ovee's for some of the smallish stuff as well and just screw down till you get the effective dia in the ball park.

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  12. #119
    Cheers for the info.

  13. #120
    So, first things first - big delivery of eco-cast plate! Enough to keep me going for a couple of months I'm sure.

    Managed to have the big bugger (the bed tool plate) fall over on my foot as I was moving the packages around. That hurt...

    I also finished off a couple more shoulder screws for the X-axis slider plate, full set now... just waiting for a 1.5mm end mill to arrive to machine the slots in the top.

    And I've designed this little setup for stop/limit switch on the Y-axis using hall effect proximity switches. The brass dial is threaded m6x1 to give 1mm movement fore-aft per rotation for simplicity's sake when setting up, and has a small magnet embedded in the face for the hall effect sensor. Small spring provides tension on the thread.

    The mounts themselves will be 3d printed.

    And they just tuck in behind the rail mount plates here (both front and back, only the back one shown).

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