Converting an “old” manual milling machine into Cnc machine

Converting an “old” manual milling machine into Cnc machine

Retrofitting my Old Russian manual milling machine to CNC. A Conversion project of a large metalworking machine including the upgrade form old to ballscrew spindels. The basis of my conversion project I chose a MC-51 Lugansk manual milling machine. A heavy manual milling machine from the Ukraine and very well built, and in my case a favorable basis for the conversion […]

Leinen & boley lathe: attaching a Heidenhain digital readout

Leinen & boley lathe: attaching a Heidenhain digital readout

Fitting a cheap secondhand set off Heidenhain digital readout linear scales to an old lathe. Let’s first see if the Internet-bought Heidenhain digital readout kit for my lathe works. Fortunately, it looks very promising. Mounting the first glass ruler On an old lathe there is usually no space for the Heidenhain digital rulers . So being creative […]

Accuracy and self-made CNC milling machines.

Accuracy and self-made CNC milling machines.

Accuracy and repeatability are key facets of a – homemade – cnc machine. This is also the hardest to achieve. I am definitely not disappointed with inaccuracy of about 0.02 mm, on my home made machine. A precision of about 0.05 mm is considered a acceptable average backlash. To make technical and kinetic art, accuracy […]

New Tools: Vertex Vise VUA-3

New Tools: Vertex Vise VUA-3

Finally! VUA a vise-3 Vertex, for a nice price … Used… An instrument that has long been on the cnc wish list. But they are so expensive! it’s lovely, nice box to….