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Elninio
11-07-2004, 08:02 PM
i plan to retrofit a geared head milling machine and turn it into a real production center. Ive came across a company that sells something that is exactly a geared head milling machine with dovetail coloumn that have a small tool changer on it, and a sheet metal casing that gives it the machining center look. Of course instead of going and spending 26k on it, it is much cheaper and funner to make it myself.

Of course the easiest thing to do is get a kit from centroid cnc but as mentioned above, im not rich. So....

for the controller i plan to get some gecko drives. for software i plan to get the mach 2 / mach 1 cnc software, and some servo motors & ballscrew.

Anything missing? is that all that required?
Thanks

Elninio
11-07-2004, 08:15 PM
http://www.forwardprecision.ca/Phoenix/phoenix_index.html

thats the link for the geared head milling machine made to look like a machining center

zl1byz
11-07-2004, 08:17 PM
Have a look at what this guy is doing

www.homeshopaccessories.com (http://www.homeshopaccessories.com)


John.

Elninio
11-07-2004, 08:17 PM
oops i forgot to mention, then you click on the thing on the right that says "compact"

zl1byz
11-07-2004, 08:24 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Elninio:
i plan to retrofit a geared head milling machine and turn it into a real production center. Ive came across a company that sells something that is exactly a geared head milling machine with dovetail coloumn that have a small tool changer on it, and a sheet metal casing that gives it the machining center look. Of course instead of going and spending 26k on it, it is much cheaper and funner to make it myself.

Of course the easiest thing to do is get a kit from centroid cnc but as mentioned above, im not rich. So....

for the controller i plan to get some gecko drives. for software i plan to get the mach 2 / mach 1 cnc software, and some servo motors & ballscrew.

Anything missing? is that all that required?
Thanks</font>

Ha! comments like that, LOL. Every new project, need more tools. It never ends, especially if you want to be efficent.

John.

Elninio
11-07-2004, 08:29 PM
yea john, ive seen that guy before, also if you go and join his yahoo group youll see that some guys made a 2 headed milling machine out of the mini mill. one head has the tool changer on it, its really nice.

Elninio
11-07-2004, 09:06 PM
hey john, check this link out


http://www.intelitek.com/products/menu.asp?cid=1&pid=7&fms=yes

its amazing, the make fms for mini mill and lathe

JRouche
11-07-2004, 10:23 PM
Well I am going with this system.

http://www.industrialhobbies.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=IH&Product_Code=SQR3A&Category_Code=R

I have the Enco mill now. The parts from Industrial hobbies is expected within two weeks.

I will be providing a step by step conversion on my web site with pictures. JRouche

Elninio
11-07-2004, 10:39 PM
nice, i would buy that too if i had 3 grand to spend, i can hardly afford it if i make it myself http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif