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Steve_p
20-05-2020, 11:36 AM
Hi I just thought Iíd post a couple of pics of my Orac conversion here. I bought the lathe in 2006 and Iíve just got it going so maybe I win a prize for the slowest retrofit...

I went with Acorn because the software comes in a native lathe option, Iím really pleased I did- the conversational programming seems great, for example you just choose ďthreadĒ then you get a huge drop-down list of thread forms already in there. Also it was really easy to set up, a few clicks in the wizard and and bit of faffing for the ATC (soon theyíre adding ATC setup for 3 or 4 bit grey code sensors etc to the wizard, which will make it even easier.)

Now Iíve finished this Iím moving on to the Triac VMC so Iíll report back in 2030 :)

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Steve_p
20-05-2020, 10:14 PM
Looks good but I don't think having the electronics in a draw underneath like that is a good idea as it limits use of cutting oil and fluids, all depends on what your machining but cutting fluids lengthen tool life. Your mill will probably be finished same time as mine :unconscious:

Derek

Itís how the machine was originally built, thereís no containment for coolant run-off so flood coolant was never on the cards. Dry cutting with carbide insert tooling and the occasional squirt of WD40 or air will be fine.

phill05
21-05-2020, 05:56 AM
Hi I just thought I’d post a couple of pics of my Orac conversion here. I bought the lathe in 2006 and I’ve just got it going so maybe I win a prize for the slowest retrofit...

I went with Acorn because the software comes in a native lathe option, I’m really pleased I did- the conversational programming seems great, for example you just choose “thread” then you get a huge drop-down list of thread forms already in there. Also it was really easy to set up, a few clicks in the wizard and and bit of faffing ]

Hi Steve, looking good do you have any time to do the same for my Orac, mine has been in storage for some years waiting for me to get going, If you have any layout drawings / new parts list you would be willing to share "all costs covered", I also have Acorn waiting to be used.

Phill

Steve_p
21-05-2020, 06:12 PM
Hi Steve, looking good do you have any time to do the same for my Orac, mine has been in storage for some years waiting for me to get going, If you have any layout drawings / new parts list you would be willing to share "all costs covered", I also have Acorn waiting to be used.

Phill

haha it took me 14 years to get round to doing mine, so unless you don't mind waiting until 2034 you'd be best off getting someone else on the case. I don't have any drawings, I just made it up as I went along. My Triac VMC is next on the list but don't hold your breath..