Pledge: CNC Mill
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We are looking at performing a CNC conversion kit on the mill in the space
- CNC Fusion X2 conversions - Kit #4 at $559 - excludes motors, controller. Requires no physical changes to the mill so can be easily reverted. This kit provides 3 axes of control with upgraded ballscrews - presumably to reduce backlash.
- Motors/Controller/Software must be purchased separately.
- Must be reversible - so that we can potentially return the mill in the condition that it was lent to us. It doesn't have to be in the same condition, merely still usable without the CNC, drilling mounting holes etc. is fine. Nigle
- Axis: 3 would be a good starting point.
- Max purchase cost: £?
- Construction: A kit solution looks best. Otherwise we'd need to machine adapters and various parts to couple the mill with the motors - harder still if we want to avoid modifying the mill itself.
- Loaned to the space by Nigle.
- The mill in question.
- This is actually a rebranded SIEG X2, which is an exceedingly popular mini-mill.
Kits that we considered
- KDN conversion kit. - Requires modification of the mill.
- Plans for X2 conversion - Not free - It will be a lot of work to convert the mill ourselves so we should probably just stick to a pre-fabricated kit.
- Cutting sheet metal with a Sherline mill.
- Many mills to see at the London Model Engineering exhibition
- CAD_CAM_EDM_DRO yahoo group
- various projects, including another CNC hack
- source of various CNC kits
- Stockist of stepper motors and drives
- £50 --Teabot 08:34, 18 July 2010 (UTC)
- £20 --Solexious 23:30, 25 July 2010 (UTC) (can increase in future)
- £50 --t0m 15:34, 10 August 2010 (UTC)
- £100 -- Blapto 17:26, 20 September 2010 (UTC)
- £50 --Meurig 08:22, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
- £50 --tobycatlin 09:28, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
Running total: £320