I will continue the posting as to break it all up a bit.
The other machines I spoke of at the BBQ to some people.
Hafco AL-50G lathe CNC'ed
Hafco My-T-Mill CNC'ed
Societe Genevoice Jig borer
And a Zoltar Router
Stripped off the gearbox and used the mounting holes to bolt the stepper motor mount too.
The other end I made a bearing mount using the same holes as orginal again.
The cross slide I bolted some alloy to the front of the slide and bolted the ballscrew nut to it.
Removed the apron and replaced it with 20mm thing Aluminium.
This allowed me to make mounts to hold the steppers, screw bearing holder etc.
I am going to mount a wolfgang high speed spindle onto a small linear actuator for a live tooling idea I have.
Stripped it down and replaced the Compound table straight away.
I could fit screws in it and was Munted by the last owner.
The super solid base was made by a mate Rod and we fitted motors, screws, made motors mounts etc.
A bit of paint and it came up a ripper.
The Jig borer:
A machinist bloke we met and I started talking about cncing machines.
He was dumbfounded to hear how easy it is to cnc.
So we bought a few servo's and though them on the machine.
Mind you the machine is a 1969 Sai Jig borer.
Made from high quality cast iron none of this crap these days.
And precision to a 10th of a thou.
It was made when machines were made properly in Germany I think.
Any hoo Z axis was the problem but we found the other day that we can replace the Z-axis motor for a say 1100oz/in servo.
This is his baby! I mean baby. This is a sai #1 he has a #5 sitting oput side.
It measures 4M high, 3.5M Wide and 4.5M long.
I'm not sure about cncing that one.
Laser cut the parts from 3mm stainless.
Fused some of the joins with a Tig and thats as far as I got.
Now the pictures