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  1. #11
    OK, catching up.
    Tuesday was out this week because of the show so only Friday available.

    Now got the drawing for the spindle from the previous sheets so lump of metal cut and front bit of the spindle machined.

    Simple machining, bore the taper , thread for the nut. Next bit is the crucial bit and it's stood me in good stead making quite a few similar spindles.

    Remove from the chuck and replace with a bit of Scrapbinium [TM ] turn this down, in this case to 16mm so the largest ER25 collet can grip on it.

    Then carefully drill the tail centre hole, do this at low speed so the shaft doesn't whip, once the centre has been drilled and supported the shaft can be belted down to size.
    I tend to turn everything down with 1/2 a mill left on for final cutting, the reason behind this is that the shaft is constantly getting hotter as you block the bulk out. Once cool then reset the tail centre as it will have moved moved under expansion and turn to finished size.

    This is state of play at the moment.

    I need to make the new end housing up, do a quick assemble, check for run out then send for Tuftriding, then final assemble and test run, hopefully by the end of this week and I can get back onto the main frame fitting screws etc.

    John S.
    John S -

  2. #12
    Managed to get all the bits back and assembled the motor tonight.
    Just sat on the bench with a collet and drill blank in the collet and turning by hand i get about 1/4 of a thou run out right on the end.

    End housing is just a solid lump of alloy bored for the register and bearing so seeing as it was so thick I belted two 26mm holes in for headlights.

    Two 5v CREE LED lights from China, dead bright these are you can weld with them.

    Switched off all the lights in the shop and switched these on pointing across the shop.

    That's just these two lights. Took another picture with the motor jacked up as though it is working but all you could see was two overlapping orbs so i had to shine the lathe work light over towards the bench to get some background lighting.

    Now got to sort an inverter out and test run the motor, bought a big box of 10 surplus inverters a while ago and can't find the damn box.............................
    John S -

  3. #13
    Friday nights episode.

    New inverter wired up and test run.

    Backed off to 6,000 drops the noise a bit which is mainly fan noise, might pay me to reduce the fan diameter but see how it runs and cuts first.

    Conversion plate made and bolted to the head casting with countersunk screws and motor fitted.
    need a new set of holes drilled as it's about 40mm too high, not a problem.

    State of play at the moment, ball screw fitted roughly, conversion plate needs a tidy up as regards cutting the width down, radius corners etc.

    Tuesday night job is to make a top plate that will support the stepper inside the column and carry a bearing block for the top of the ball screw.

    Been drawn up and belts and pulleys, 2:1 reduction, HTD 5M, on order.

    I have posted three weeks worth of work in one just to gee Rob up as he's slacking on the 636 conversion
    John S -

  4. John, looking very good. you must be getting through a serious amount of hobnobs! :lol: just a few questions. is that motor a TECA803-4? also what frequency can you run them at safely 'n' are you running star or delta config.. looking forward to seeing it in action.

  5. #15
    This looks epic, thats one solid looking base you have there. keep it up

  6. #16
    John, has the saga ended please? I'm interested in how you did the table ball screws, thinking of converting my own VMB to cnc.

    John Haine.

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