1. #1
    I have seen a couple of cases of people mounting a powered chuck in their X plane. (In one case even a complete mini lathe.) Then turning with either locked quill static tools or rotary cutting tools. I would quite like to try this. If there is any guidance on the subject available. Especially using standard Mach3 programming. Presumably just X & Z. I would be most obliged for assistance.

  2. #2
    The best DIY or in other words "pro but on the cheap" implementation i have seen is the now called INTURN

    You could search the cnczone for the build thread as it started there and see how it progressed. Now i see he has some dedicated electronics , see diagram bellow.
    Best would be to contact Steve directly.

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    project 1 , 2, ...

  3. #3
    Thanks silyavski - I had not envisaged at this time adding a 4th Axis rotary encoder .
    Just a rotation device. Which is simple enough. So I guess my inquiry is a software question.

  4. #4
    If you want to use a mill with a lathe spindle mounted in X, using Mill X as Lathe Z and Mill Z as Lathe X then there's nothing special to do apart from fixing a tool to the mill head and configuring your axes in Mach3 and correctly defining your machine in any CAM package you use.

  5. #5
    magicniner - Yes suddenly dawned on me to just flip the axies. Seems to work OK. Just have to finish the rotary bit.

  6. #6
    If you only need to machine small parts, then you can do it like I (and many others) did:

    Old router build log here. New router build log here. Lathe build log here.
    Electric motorbike project here.

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