- Jeff, Have you thought about doing a cnc conversion? You seem like a guy who really enjoys tinkering and building as your power feed looks real nice. TheseMessage 1 of 33 , Sep 2, 2006View SourceJeff,
Have you thought about doing a cnc conversion?
You seem like a guy who really enjoys tinkering and building as your
power feed looks real nice.
These mills make a fine little cnc machine which of course opens up a
whole new world of machining possibilities with it.
--- In GrizHFMinimill@yahoogroups.com, "mbphoton" <mbphoton@...> wrote:
> Ok, I just posted some measurments in the photo section. Use the
> orignal plate that your replaceing as a guide. All thats really
> importaint is that you slot the holes that mount it to the machine a
> bit vertically so you can adjust the thing, and don't go over the top
> of the table with the new plate. You still want to mount work that
> hangs off the left side of the table without being lifted up by this
> new plate. In the photos you can see that the table is a little bit
> taller than the new plate.
> The motor screw on the right side (front of the machine) is directly
> under the table mounting screw, the left is a bit more towards the
> back of the machine by .350".
> The square alum bar that acts as a standoff for the motor mounting
> screws is 2.25 in mine but it can be anything really. As long as you
> can get to the nylon set screw clutch with a wrench easily your good
> to go!
> Good luck to those that build this and PLEASE post some photos of your
- Hi Steve: I totally agree with you. In the machine shop I work in we have a saying: The very best manual machines are CNC machines . I do a LOT of workMessage 33 of 33 , Sep 4, 2006View SourceHi Steve:
I totally agree with you. In the machine shop I work
in we have a saying: "The very best manual machines
are CNC machines". I do a LOT of work manually with my
CNC Minimill. It is SO much faster using MDI (Manual
Data Input) to position all sorts of cuts than it is
to use handwheels.
--- steveh8861 <steveh8861@...> wrote:
> cnc is also great for "manual type control" without
> hand wheels. I
> have a cheapie 10$ joystick hooked up to my pc that
> controls x-y-z
> axis on my mini mill via mach 3 software. I can jog
> around way faster
> than anybody ever could manually. I had the same
> thoughts that I could
> do some things manually faster than cnc. No way, not
> even a close
> decision once you get the hang of all the power
> available to you with
> cnc. There is no programming involved for the simple
> stuff. You just
> startup mach3 and grab the joystick. Want exact .01
> movements you got
> it. Maybe .0005" steps. No problem. Set your feed to
> maybe 20IPM for
> quick movement or down super low to .2IPM for a fine
> finish boring
> job.These are just simple inputs in the software.
> There is almost nothing that can not be done quicker
> with cnc. It took
> me a while to realize that.Thanks to groups like
> this and others I
> finally saw the light.
> Anyhow, I have hundreds of photos. Most are combo
> lathe/mill work
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