This mill actually won't be CNC'ed, but it'll be hard to tell: I want put stepper motors on all axes and then use shuttles on a control-board to control the mill. This will allow me to do funny things like speed limiters, automate some tasks, etc. I'll probably also make it be a DRO as well.
Everything will be driven by threaded rod. Maybe acme. Maybe I'll make the threads on my lathe. Maybe I'll never finish this project...
The design is done in OpenSCAD. I've attached the source, but there's a problem with the website not allowing me to use extensions, so the file will likely not be recognized properly until you rename it to mill.scad .
... Who am I kidding? I'll end up using it as a CNC as well.
I also have some half-baked ideas about doing 4th and 5th axes. Later....
Building a small mill to match my 7x12 lathe.
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Reason for this BuildI wanted a small manual mill to play with as I learn machining, but even the small mills at places like Harbor Freight, BusyBee Tools, or PrincessAuto were too big (IMO), and kinda expensive. I also have access to larger mills if/when I need them, so I really wanted something cheap and simple with a 1 cubic foot (or less) work envelope.
Inspired byJohn Mueller's OXmill and the Sier Z6000 mill on Alibaba!