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Lathe 4" x 40"

Discussion in 'CNC Lathes' started by Johnnycatt, Sep 18, 2015.


How viable does this project look? You're Crazy - you don't even have the software!

Poll closed Sep 18, 2016.
  1. Man, this is perfect - should be a breeze!

  2. It can be done, but you're gonna have to really work to get this going

  3. It can work, but accuracy will be a huge problem

  4. It can be done, but I'm gonna suggest a few modifications

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  5. You're Crazy - you don't even have the software!

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  1. David the swarfer

    David the swarfer OpenBuilds Team
    Staff Member Moderator Builder Resident Builder

    Aug 6, 2013
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    software . . . totally solved by Mach3 and LinuxCNC which both have good lathe modes.
    GRBL can probably do it too, with a little inventive setting up.

    Mach3 used to come with a lathe module , lazyturn I think it was called. this would generate gcode from dxf drawings.

    one day I might add lathe mode to SketchUcam
  2. CubeSpawn

    CubeSpawn New

    May 18, 2014
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    Hi Johnny, great build, and I share your "open source everything" viewpoint, I have a friend building a lathe with Taig parts as well, in one of my modular machine frames
    (this is a google pix album so more pix at the left/right buttons) https://goo.gl/photos/JpFGpbrCY57TwSvy5

    I want to build/integrate a broad range of machines into a modular framework so that not only can anyone make anything from digital templates but also make it cheap! the project is "CubeSpawn" oddly enough... ;-)

    Here is the system concept in one picture: https://goo.gl/photos/9KZ2MhTSZXSucx8V8 the machines scale up by doubling, so larger & smaller machines are next

    You might look at LinuxCNC and Machinekit as control suites for the lathe Both are FOSS and will run on a beaglebone or R-Pi, many lathes have been implemented in both, machinekit is a project to update EMC2 (LinuxCNC) from its C based roots and give it extended functionality.
    #32 CubeSpawn, Mar 13, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2016
  3. blh5683

    blh5683 New

    Oct 28, 2015
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    Did you ever get completed?

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