I finally finished up the electronics enclosure and mounted it back onto the stand along with the X3. I should be able to cut something this week. If all goes well then I'll try to get the limit switch mounting covers done and then move onto the spindle motor mount.
I created some CAD designs for the PC controller enclosure I am going to attempt to build. It's going to house a small ITX PC computer and 15" touch-screen panel and an attached keyboard and switch panel for misc buttons (PWR, E-stop, limit switch override, etc...). I will also be adding a removable hand-held jog pendant very soon.
Initially I planned on adding tons of buttons and switches for any and everything thing but after thinking it over I've decided to use as little mechanical switches as possible for this and rely on the touch-screen feature for the main control. I have a few reasons for this; for one, it's cheaper! It's also a HUGE time-saver and unless you enjoy pulling your hair out over the cobweb of wiring that's involved, it should save a headache or two. There are some mechanical switches that I would really like to have but all I really HAVE to have is an E-stop button switch and a limit switch override. I'll see how it goes after running it this way for some time and if I want to add more mechanical switches then I will.
I have a 24x24" flat plate of Al that I'll be using to cut these parts out with. The main enclosure that houses the touch-screen and pc will be made from a scrap steel plate that I will attempt to cut and bend into a simple box.
I need to start on a design for the swing-arm mount that will enable me to access it for both the lathe and mill. Not sure if I should mount it to a stand or a wall.