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|Thread: clocking in|
thank-you for the interest in the RF CNC project.
I've shamelessly copied a design from YouTube driving the axes leaving the handwheels in place. With the stepper drivers switched on - you can't move them by hand. Drivers off - you feel the steppers cogging over giving slight resistance to motion. The X&Y leadscrews are replaced with ballscrews which would rotate under axial load without that resistance. I'm told that the steppers probably generate backEMF which may not be good for drivers , i haven't had problems.
photos are probably self-explanatory
The Z acts on the quill. The original quill rack-and-pinion mechanism gives more backlash than i'm happy with.
Controller is GRBL running on Arduino - works very reliably - I am impressed.
Arduino step-and-direction output goes to hefty drivers bought with the stepper motors from cnc4you - works fine - photo shows all the bits - subsequently moved to proper enclosure-
In use for 5 years for shape-simple and shape-complex machining.
hope that's helpful,
Edited By John Scott 13 on 27/09/2021 12:39:06
I'm new to the forum .
Member of a local model engineering club .
FWIW I have a Colchester Bantam lathe and a Rong Fu ( like a Warco ) round column mill which I have fitted with a simple CNC, retaining the handwheels - so as to have either NC or manual control.
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