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Offline thosj

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Re: It's Alive!! It's Alive!!! (Insert Maniacal Laughter Here...)
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2009, 01:06:10 PM »
\I've got the commercial one sitting on my work table.  I had my own almost complete by the time it showed up, so never got it on the machine.

So......what ARE you going to do with the commercial one?
Re: It's Alive!! It's Alive!!! (Insert Maniacal Laughter Here...)
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2009, 01:51:26 PM »
\I've got the commercial one sitting on my work table.  I had my own almost complete by the time it showed up, so never got it on the machine.

So......what ARE you going to do with the commercial one?

Good question....  Probably sell it.  I like mine better.

Regards,
Ray L.
Regards,
Ray L.
Re: It's Alive!! It's Alive!!! (Insert Maniacal Laughter Here...)
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2009, 01:24:52 AM »
I got the oddball bolts I needed to put the top of the mill back together, so I have a working mill again!  I'll be doing the first test cuts with the new quill drive tomorrow.  I did some probing tests today, and it seemed to work flawlessly, getting +/-0.0001" repeatability!

Regards,
Ray L.
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Ray L.

Offline simpson36

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Re: It's Alive!! It's Alive!!! (Insert Maniacal Laughter Here...)
« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2009, 11:19:32 AM »
Nice job, Ray. Much better than powering the rack and pinion drive which I have seen many tmes.

I'm noticing the seals on the ballscrew. What ball screw did you use?
Re: It's Alive!! It's Alive!!! (Insert Maniacal Laughter Here...)
« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2009, 12:01:01 PM »
Nice job, Ray. Much better than powering the rack and pinion drive which I have seen many tmes.

I'm noticing the seals on the ballscrew. What ball screw did you use?

Steve,

The screw is a 30mm, 5mm pitch from homeshopcnc.com.  It's *very* nice.  Smooth, quiet, zero backlash.  I'm seeing well under 0.001" total backlash at the tool, and virtually all of that comes from flexing of the quill itself.

Regards,
Ray L.
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Ray L.

Offline Graham Waterworth

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Re: It's Alive!! It's Alive!!! (Insert Maniacal Laughter Here...)
« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2009, 12:05:14 PM »
Nice looking conversion, I guess the hardest part will be making a nice looking cover. Clear Poly Carb so you can see it working maybe.

Graham
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Re: It's Alive!! It's Alive!!! (Insert Maniacal Laughter Here...)
« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2009, 12:21:08 PM »
Nice looking conversion, I guess the hardest part will be making a nice looking cover. Clear Poly Carb so you can see it working maybe.

Graham


Graham,

    Yup, it'll be either plastic (Plexi/Lexan) or just sheet metal.  Each has it's good points and bad points.  I'm kinda leaning towards 1/8" Plexi, since I'm already setup to do Plexi vacuum forming.

Regards,
Ray L.
Regards,
Ray L.