Machine actually did a bit of work today. Machined a sample hole pattern. Next up is to fix the bloody noisy spindle!
Category Archives: CNC
Been doing a lot of work with the machine, getting it ready for some actual part production. Been trying to get my control system organized. I have the control box mounted on the wall with custom mounts for the half-broken laptop and the monitor of which I need to angle down for better viewing. Computer does need more memory but seems to function pretty well so far.
It’s ALIVE! Just running a sample code right now, but the spindle starts and stops on command. The machine also makes pretty reproducible & accurate results.
Also not shown, I replaced all of the bearings in the spindle with higher quality sealed bearings and rebuilt it all with new grease. Will spin much smoother. I also turned the stock pullies down a bit on the lathe before I disassembled it, which will help with balance. Once the CNC is dialed in I will probably just CNC new aluminum ones for even smoother operation.