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DFMiller
08-13-2010, 11:21 AM
I thought I would post an on topic question that hopefully will stir up some discussion.
I have this project mill. A Barker PM that is my next project.
http://i560.photobucket.com/albums/ss47/ve7pke/Barker/IMG00126-20100611-1522.jpg
It currently had rack and pinion feeds on all axis.
So it time for lead screws. Acme for manual and Ballscrews for CNC. All them are really short so low accuracy leadscrews are fine as the longest travel is less that 12"
I am thinking it might be most useful as a machine for making gears and flattening and cutting stock.
To my mind all of these things might be a good fit with Mach3 and its wizards.
I appreciate the feedback.
Thanks
Dave

Liger Zero
08-13-2010, 05:40 PM
I would love to see a tiny CNC mill. Go for it.

squirrel
08-13-2010, 05:46 PM
It would make a really cool gear cutter. We started converting a Graham horizontal into a specialized CNC gear cutter. Unfortunately all the work went to the scrap yard when things got bad and had to downsize. We were going to make gears for older lathes with it, I don't know if that was a good venture but it sure was a ton of fun planning and designing it.