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Offline budman68

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Re: My Lathe with the SmoothStepper
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2008, 03:28:28 PM »
Friggin amazing, my friend. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Re: My Lathe with the SmoothStepper
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2008, 05:24:09 PM »
Nice video. You got to admit it feels good when the machine does what you want it to do.
Better yet, when the part comes out correctly.
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Re: My Lathe with the SmoothStepper
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2008, 06:06:04 PM »
Thanks guys, what amazes me is how quickly you get used to the speed and start to think its not that fast.  I went back and looked at my vid that I posted the other  week and I again realise it is fast  :D

Hood
Re: My Lathe with the SmoothStepper
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2008, 09:23:42 PM »
Hi Hood,

Nice video. I should be able to start cutting on my lathe this coming weekend. I saw on one of your videos where you made a stub axle. I'm after a Gcode file that I can use as a test program for my lathe. Initially, I'll be cutting an acetal style plastic to reduce the possibility of breaking things.

Would it be possible to get hold of your G-code, or of another G-Code program that you think may be a suitable test program? I want to eliminate problems with the setup and coding side of things.

Cheers,

Peter.
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Re: My Lathe with the SmoothStepper
« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2008, 10:30:26 PM »
Nice video Hood. Nice rapids and accels will spoil you in a hurry.  ;D

Brett
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Re: My Lathe with the SmoothStepper
« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2008, 03:02:15 AM »
Peter I would be glad to pass on any code for testing but just wondering how big your lathe is? Mine weighs in around 3 tonnes, the saddle alone weighs about 400Kg and the spindle motor is about 11Kw. If your lathe  of a similar size then my code would probably work but it would need edited slightly for spindle speed etc as mine works funny, that would be no problem though :)
 If you lathe is smaller then maybe John P would share some code with you as he has a myford and boxford (not sure if the latter is running yet)

Anyway let me know.


 Brett
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Re: My Lathe with the SmoothStepper
« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2008, 03:28:14 AM »
Brett,

My lathe is close.

7x14 Asian import, weights about 50Kg I guess.

You could mount it on your cross slide from the sounds of it.  :)

Doesn't sound that suitable. I'm sure if I look hard enough I can find G-Code for a test piece.

Cheers,

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Re: My Lathe with the SmoothStepper
« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2008, 03:47:32 AM »
Peter, I could probably mount that in the turret ;D
Ask John Prentice, I am sure he would have some suitable code.
 What kind of depths do you reckon you could take off in one pass, maybe the code I have for the pullstud in the video would suit, it is just taking light cuts due to the distance out of the spindle, I think its only taking 1mm DOC for the most part.

Hood

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Re: My Lathe with the SmoothStepper
« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2008, 04:05:41 AM »
Here are a couple of pics that might give an idea of the lathes size, the first one is me bringing the lathe home, the trailer its on has a 5m bed length. The second pic is of my Colchester Triumph's 4 way toolpost sitting on top of this lathes toolpost. The Triumph has a centre height of 7.5inch, 50inch between centres so thats probably what you would call a 15x50 lathe. The Computurn is not that much bigger in capacity (21x40) but it is huge in comparison construction wise.
 The dia of the boring bar in that pic is 32mm (1 1/4 approx)

Hood
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Re: My Lathe with the SmoothStepper
« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2008, 10:57:25 AM »
lol! my taig would look like a gnat on that beast  :D   Hell, even my 9" south bend would look like a gnat on that beast!

nice pics!
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