Thread: Best way to machine ball screws?
Would it help to stick the pin in the freezer and the end of the screw in boiling oil.
You have been watching too many medieval siege films.
.John S -
This is a method to fit main bearings into an aluminium crankcase, instead of being a tight fit with the risk of damage using this method the bearing would just drop. It is also used on high speed drills and collets.
Sorry I missed the smiley. :lol: :lol:
You are not American are you ? :whistling: :whistling:John S -
I think I have read about every thread, tutorial and watched every youtube video on ball screw end machining there is. Now im about to start machining some screws for my laser cutter.
I was about to start by grinding of the hard casing with a bench grinder, but I reckon my 15mm diameter rolled screws will still be hard at the required 12mm dia for the bearings.
I only have a Myford MLR so carbide tips are out, so I reckon the steel rod glued into the ball screw sound like the best idea.
Has anyone got any suggestions as to the best type/number of loctite to use.
I've machined a few, I use indexed tipped tooling and buy tips from cutwell tools designed for cutting hard materials. They easily deal with hardening, my lathe is a bit more robust than the myford but it's only a boxford AUD so not exactly heavy duty.!!
Maybe some body's got a bit of an offcut that you could practice on.? . . . Don't think I have but will have a dig about if you want to try.?
EDIT: Opp's sorry didn't read properly didn't see the 12mm dia,yes it will probably still be hard but the hard tips will still handle the hardening on chinese screws.!!
Last edited by JAZZCNC; 14-06-2012 at 07:46 PM.
Problem is here that the OD at 15mm will start to become the softer core at 12mm but the roots of the thread will still be hard so it's very hard to get an even finish at the 12 mm diameter.
For 15 down to 12 I'd grind them on a cylindrical grinder, only way to get a true surface.
can you redesign and go down to 10mm ?John S -
I think they are Chinese, they are branded Gten. Definitely not top quality whatever they are?
What sort of carbide holder and tips would you recommend? I am looking to try a carbide holder for my Myford so a nice general shaped holder would be ideal, but I am new to lathes and don't know what that would be?
Thanks for the ball screw offer, but I ordered some extra length on each ball screw to try it out.
The only problem would be I have a HSS threading tool and the 12 dia might still be too hard to thread with that.
14-06-2012 #29Can you redesign and go down to 10mm ?
John S would it not be a good idea to try your steel plug trick?
How does everyone indicate there ball screws in the chuck? I know of a method by 5bears.com
And here is a great tutorial using a Derlin rod machined to slip onto the ball screw to give you a surface to indicate off. Is there any other way of doing this? http://www.5bears.com/cnc16.htm
Last edited by gavztheouch; 14-06-2012 at 08:19 PM.
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