Looks nice! How long did it take?
Heres an update for the Z Axis.
This pic should explain the assembly a bit better.
Have Fun Hoss
Looks nice! How long did it take?
My advice is worth less then you paid for it.
Wow! This sure does help me see all the parts that go into a drive. I appreciate your sharing. I was wondering if you could so such a drawing for your Y-axis. I've heard of people adding thrust bearings (replacing the Y mount entirely) but I can't quite get my mind around it.
Also, I was still a bit slow in understanding the whole bearing preload notion until I found this document http://www.timken.com/products/beari...Fs/Vol6No3.pdf hope it helps others and adds to the treasure trove that this thread is.
Here's an explanation for the Y Axis assembly as requested, check out the pic.
Happy to help.
keep an eye out, my control panel is coming together, will post pics when it's done.
To answer Henry's question, I started ordering parts last April and worked on it off and on for a few months. Had it up and running in July/August.Still coming up with stuff to do to it, like the control panel and the engraver mount.Once this is done I'll turn my attention to my 7x10 minilathe. Have some cool ideas to try on it including cnc.
Have fun, Hoss
Excellent, as they say a marked up photo is worth a thousand words.
Also, may I suggest a pulley conversion as your next project. It'll be my first one.
the pulley conversion is on my list.
Probably copy the one I've seen on littlemachineshop.com.
Also the spindle lock is in progress, but I have to locate it on the front because my high speed engraver is going on the right side.
The automatic toolchanger would be really cool but not something i'd
probably get much use out of,that's really for production jobs, but may try to make it or something similar if i get bored. My 7x10 lathe will come before that.
Noodling around with a couple conversion ideas for that. Then i could use it to make parts for the toolchanger easier.Yeah the first ballnut I loaded didn't go so well with little ball bearings bouncing all over the floor, but I found them all and got it right the second time.I left the cardboard tube in the nut and fed the ballscrew up from the bottom pushing the tube out the top.Much easier.
keeps me busy and out of trouble.
Here's a couple pics of some engravings I made with it.
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Hoss... You made my day. I bought a X2 the other week and have been debating on how to go about CNCing it. Thanks a million!
Have some more info for you.
If you're looking for the 15/16-16 tap to thread the stop blocks
and pulley, I got mine at Wholesaletool.
If you're looking to protect your wiring, I found some plastic
split flex tubing at Lowes. They have 3/8 x 10 feet and 1/2 x 7 feet
packages in the electrical dept. for less than $3. Autoparts stores
carry the same kind of thing.
Here's some pics showing my engraving tutorial.
I've tried tons of different software to change an image into an engraving,
but none gave me what I wanted in one simple program.Please let me know If
you've found something that works nice and easy.This is what I've come
up with.Might seem like a lot of steps, but I can go from a pic to gcode
in about 10 min.Most of that is the tracing.
Thought I would upload a .zip of the cad drawings as bitmaps
and the engraving tutorial in high resolution.
Looks alot better than what can be posted here with the size limits.
includes 17 images.
Hoss....Great job. Both on the conversion and the detailed explanation of the process. Yer tops, JRouche
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If you're looking to make some custom plastic covers for your steppers
or whatever, I found(with help from this forum) some sites that sell
thermoformable plastic. Heat it up, form it into the shape you want and it'll stay that way when it cools.
Found several different types that pretty much do the same thing.
I ordered from here, good size selection and pricing.
This is a site for Kydex, but have a $50 min. order or you get charged an extra $15 for a small order.
This site has lots of plastic as well as many other stock, aluminum,brass,steel etc.
I'm going to order some Sintra PVC sheet from these folks too, lots of choices and good prices and no min. order. Get up to a 4' x 8' sheet if you want.
Or, call your local sign shop and ask them Tell them what it's for and they may just give some to you since you won't be competing with them. You can make a DIY strip heater using an electric stove and come cardboard. Have a look at Step 4 here http://www.sciencetoymaker.org/prism/assembl.html
Like I said, I used a hairdryer to heat mine up, but you can use hot water too.
Look forward to some photos.