I have a mill with about a 4ft. x 5 ft. footprint that I do profiling and pocketing mostly with a 690 PC router. I am interested in doing some turning on my machine but not sure how to set this up. I use Mach3 and bobcad v24
Is there equipment out there to retro fit a lathe attachment to my table that I can drive independently from the controller.
On my next rebuild, I plan to make the lathe a standalone machine. It will be about 18" wide by about 10 feet long with a 12"x96" lathe area. Might even build a cover to make it more dust contained. Although it will have a large swing, a 11" x 96" log is heavy and requires a strong two point attachment.
I used 8020 for the rails and salvaged parts from an earlier machine. Unlike most machines, I used a single R&P for the long X axis and 2 screws for the Y axis. The y axis motors actually share a single 5 amp driver. Works fine.
For normal A axis functions, the Y axis is not used. And the G code for lathe operation is different. Z cmds run in the X axis and X is the Z axis. Very confusing. You just have to try it. Also you will use Mach3-Turn for CAM generated code. In the past, I have written the code to use the A axis. Simple things like making logs into round legs, cutting tapers, spiral patterns, etc. I am testing CamBam for more complex shapes. I will be back in the shop this weekend and will let you know how it works out.
I am not an expert by any measure, but will do my best to help when I can.