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bluey76
04-24-2014, 09:15 PM
Hi all, Im in need of a smallish cnc vertical mill and Ive been looking thru some old threads and came across one from 2008 re cnc retrofit to a Sieg X3 mill. In it there are links to a place in Melbourne selling as Promica CNC kits and website cnckits.com.au. Ive clicked on the link and it leads to a site called justhost.com, which doesn't give me any info Im after.
I want to but an X3 and a cnc kit for it as it sounds just the thing for my small workshop.
Can anyone here in Oz help me out with any info regarding this supplier? I won't buy the mill until I can find the most suitable cnc kit for it.
Alternatively Im open to a 2nd hand unit if anyone has one they don't use anymore.
cheers
David

Sun God
04-25-2014, 03:46 AM
Looks like they've either gone out of business or failed to pay their web host. Take a look at the well regarded CNCFusion kits instead.

LG
04-25-2014, 04:23 AM
http://www.minitech.com.au/ can supply a CNC version of the X3

bluey76
04-25-2014, 08:28 AM
Thanks for that sun god and lg. I like the look of the Fusion kit, has anyone on here tried it? Im hanging to have a go at installing it on a new mill.

Before I go on, Im very new at this and don't know the first place to look for equipment other than here, and I know nothing of specs and requirements of CNC equipment so Ill be looking at lots of threads and asking lots of questions, hope you all don't mind.

Looks like they don't supply stepper motors but Im guessing they can be purchased here, any recommendations?

Rosco-P
04-25-2014, 03:58 PM
This site makes for informative reading: http://www.cnccookbook.com/index.htm The site owner did a DIY of an Industrial Hobbies mill. Some good machining tip and tricks.

Mech
04-25-2014, 10:35 PM
This guy http://www.homanndesigns.com/store/ sells a lot of the parts if you are doing your own conversion.

Most of the other parts can be obtained if you do a search on EBay for "CNC" you will find http://stores.ebay.com.au/CNC-AND-CUPCAKE-WORLD/CNC-SHOP-/_i.html?_fsub=410890119&_sid=657086089&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322 that seem to carry most of the other parts you would need.

Also check out CNCZone.

bluey76
04-26-2014, 09:06 AM
Thanks guys, Id prefer to buy a complete kit including all the controllers and software etc as Id hope then it would all be compaiible....electronics is all like 'black magic' to me. I don't understand any of it. As long as something works when I flick a switch, that means its ok to me :-(
Anything mechanical Im fine with, Im looking forward to fitting the mill with all the ballscrews and associated hardware, but electrics????
Expect lots of questions...
cheers
David

bob_s
04-28-2014, 03:52 PM
See.

http://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/projects.

Scroll down to the article on why you'd convert to CNC.

John Stevenson, esteemed member of this forum, is the developer of the conversion.

bluey76
05-09-2014, 09:04 PM
Thanks bob, ill check it out