Hydraulic Lathe Tracer

PeterT

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#1
More for visual FYI purposes (spendy) but these have always fascinated me. Basically you make a 2D pattern which is temporarily mounted relative to the metal blank. Then then the tracer mechanism basically copies it as you traverse the work. It a bit more complicated then that because you are making successive feed passes just like regular machining & that's where the hydraulic following comes in. I guess you could say 'analog CNC' :) Good for complicated or ornate work or even multiple copies of the same thing. Keith Fenner has some vids of his in action.

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-power-tool/...h9WuvU-B0LTqSFvJj-Pj-jT61D-OsKhFR2wtNLLCHGeD4
 

Janger

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#3
Keith does have some interesting vids on those pattern followers. A Cnc refit to a standard lathe would cost about the same as these followers. Steppers, controllers, computer....