A manual lathe CNC conversion but quite different

Janger

(John)
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@Dabbler sent me this video. I thought it was a really cool idea. It's a CNC conversion but the moving parts get mounted in the regular tool post. This limits the travel quite a bit (4" x 4") but no significant changes to the lathe. Take it off and it's still your manual lathe. Finnish dude with a machinist sense of humor. He's good.

 

David_R8

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@Dabbler sent me this video. I thought it was a really cool idea. It's a CNC conversion but the moving parts get mounted in the regular tool post. This limits the travel quite a bit (4" x 4") but no significant changes to the lathe. Take it off and it's still your manual lathe. Finnish dude with a machinist sense of humor. He's good.

That is very cool, thanks for the share.
 

johnnielsen

John (Makonjohn)
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That sounds like a great idea. You would still need an encoder on the spindle to coordinate threading. A person could do alot of stuff in that 4 inch window.
 
@Dabbler sent me this video. I thought it was a really cool idea. It's a CNC conversion but the moving parts get mounted in the regular tool post. This limits the travel quite a bit (4" x 4") but no significant changes to the lathe. Take it off and it's still your manual lathe. Finnish dude with a machinist sense of humor. He's good.

I saw this when it first came out and started following him hoping to see more great ideas... still waiting but this is a keeper right down to the master 2500.
 

PeterT

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That is a cool concept with the on/off modularity. No threading as mentioned, but it would still be useful.

Did he say at about 1:48 he uses Mach-3 as the controller software? Maybe I should direct this to the CNC group but is Mach-3 dead/unavailable now & Mach-4 is the current/only version? Unrelated & not that I had a project in mind but I watched some YouTuber converting a mill to CNC Mach-4. He had prior Mach-3 CNC conversion experience, anyway & he went on a rant about how buggy v4 it was, support issues etc.
 

David_R8

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That is a cool concept with the on/off modularity. No threading as mentioned, but it would still be useful.

Did he say at about 1:48 he uses Mach-3 as the controller software? Maybe I should direct this to the CNC group but is Mach-3 dead/unavailable now & Mach-4 is the current/only version? Unrelated & not that I had a project in mind but I watched some YouTuber converting a mill to CNC Mach-4. He had prior Mach-3 CNC conversion experience, anyway & he went on a rant about how buggy v4 it was, support issues etc.
When I built my CNC router I looked at Mach4 briefly but was not impressed with its almost beta-like status. I eventually with with UCCNC.
 

PeterT

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Thanks @David_R8 I'm going to have to pick away at this CNC business. Have you posted any vids of your running setup or router construction? Other forums maybe?
 

David_R8

Scrapper of metal
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Thanks @David_R8 I'm going to have to pick away at this CNC business. Have you posted any vids of your running setup or router construction? Other forums maybe?
 

jcdammeyer

John
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I use MACH3 c/w USB SmoothStepper on my CNC router and LinuxCNC on the mill. The PC on the mill is dual boot for WIN-95 and LinuxCNC. I started with parallel port on the mill so I could switch between MACH and LCNC. Tried the USB SmoothStepper so I could get better stepping rates. Ultimately decided on the MESA 7i92H which has two parallel port emulations and plugs into my BreakOutBoard and at that point stopped with MACH3 since there is no support for the MESA board.

Here's my thread on the mill.
 
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