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Anokiernan
02-11-2008, 11:35 PM
I finished this conversion a day or two ago and have been banging out CNC turned parts since. I'm having a blast with it. The pictures and video speak for themselves (saves me alot of typing :) ) so here they are:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v697/anokiernan/CNC/IMG_2011.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v697/anokiernan/CNC/IMG_2010.jpg
I'm still waiting on the rest of my locline shipment but I've been able to make due. The video shows turning a very simple tapered tip and then parting off. The fixture was designed with a specific part in mind but it's completely modular to allow me to use it for a wide variety of turned parts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S34fe7JHkSo

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? :)

BobWarfield
02-11-2008, 11:46 PM
Ya gotta love gang tooling: simplest toolchanger possible, and faster too.

Cheers,

BW

Geof
02-11-2008, 11:56 PM
Very good!

Using a mill as a lathe was discussed here:

http://www.cnczone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=51075

and I showed thread cutting here:

http://www.cnczone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52028

You are a bit ahead of a lot of people.:)

ChinaTownCBC
02-12-2008, 04:19 AM
In the video, there's a ladybug next to the far left drill bit :p

sansbury
02-16-2008, 03:24 PM
Brilliant! And it doesn't look terribly complicated, either, which makes it all the more compelling.

nicad
02-16-2008, 05:10 PM
Very nice! I tried this with my MaxNC with Taig ER16 spindle and it had a lot of part chatter in aluminum, delrin, and brass. Either my spindle bearings are worn out (good possibility!) or my machine flexes too much. :-/

The next thing you should try is a pneumatic collet drawbar, and a rig to advance the stock through the spindle for each part-- full automation! :rainfro: