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Compact 12 Tool Umbrella ATC

Compact 12 Tool Umbrella ATC

This is a draft design for a compact umbrella style ATC tool carousel for TTS tools holders. It uses a geneva wheel mechanism for positioning the tools and a ball screw for the 200mm X travel. It’s very compact, only 450mm in total width and has a homing sensor for cross-checking geneva disk as well…

Stepper Motors for DIY Desktop CNC

Stepper Motors for DIY Desktop CNC

For my desktop mill CNC conversion, I gathered the following information: My mill is a PM-30 clone, so I gathered information on what other hobbyists have used with their Precision Matthews PM-30MV CNC conversions. Stepper Motor Sizing According to Bruce from Heavy Metal CNC in the USA, for the X and Y-axis, 906 oz-in (6.39…

Ready to Ship

Ready to Ship

My first two machines are ready to ship out of China. This will be my first endeavour with CNC retrofitting. With all this lockdown, starting December 2019 in China, then in March here in SA, it took months to get shipped. At least it’s happening now. Mill Lathe Also see: Light industrial CNC mill for…

Light industrial CNC mill for under R50k (Part 1)

Light industrial CNC mill for under R50k (Part 1)

Desktop class, light industrial CNC mills like the Skyfire and Syil all cost between R100k and R200k. If you add to much non standard options, it easy shoots up top R300k. The objective is to have a worthy competitor for these machines, but at a cost of R50k. This is NOT one of these little…

My first hobby mill

My first hobby mill

Always wanted a CNC mill,  but can’t afford it. Popular routes for the rest of the world is to retrofit a manual desktop mill / drill to CNC. Little Machine Shop, Sieg, Harbor Freight, Precision Matthews, Grizzly, Jet and similar mills are all very popular. All of the above is not available in South Africa….

Evo-One Destop CNC Milling Machine

Evo-One Destop CNC Milling Machine

This Italian for sure has the taste I can resonate with. By all means, its about the only hobby desk.