I have seen very little about converting a Taig lathe to CNC. It was a lot easier that I originally thought.
The reason I converted my mill to CNC was to make it easier to convert my Taig lathe to CNC. The mill took about 6 months, the Taig lathe took two days. I got most of it done last weekend. I still have to add a speed sensor on the spindle. It is running on Mach 3 software with a HobbyCNC driver board. Here is another boring video of the CNC taig cutting a convex shape and some rapid moves:
I think it is finally set up at 30 ipm on the Z and 15 ipm on the X. I have not played with it long enough to see how fast I could make it go. As it is, if I do a G00 move and I do something wrong, I don't have time to hit the e-stop. Total movement is about 5" in the Z and 1" in the X.
Originally Posted by Adobe Machine
Wow really nice...what kind of rapids does your lathe have
Limit switches yet ? Things look really bad run into a spinning chuck..I know, it looked and sounded real bad..
If you look at tooling that reccomends a feed range of .005 to .012 inch per rev, with a spindle at 2000 rpm that is a maxium of 2.4 IPM..Does the Taig have a max rpm of much more than 2000 RPM ?..The video is super.
N4NV, I know this is not on topic but your Solar Energy system is very sweat. The estiment on the amount of gas (3310 gals) that was saved to generate the energy you used really surprized me. If everyone had systems like this the amount of fuel we purchased from the Middle East ( or where ever we may buy it) would drop such a hugh amount. It really surpizes me that this much could be saved & there has not been more steps taken in our country to achive this. The money along saved is one thing but the impact on our world is another. Very nice work & I would be very interested in learning more about achiving this setup at my own home.
Oh BTW, nice work on the mill. Very cool, looks like it will be a real treat when you are finished with the conversion.