I’m not sure where the old thread about the CNC mill went so I’m starting a new one.
Daniel and I hooked up power to the mill yesterday and started it up. I spent some time working with it and have figured out how to fully start it up so that it is ready to run programs. It’s a bit tricky. I’ll be making a user guide for it soon.
Everything appears to be functional with the exception of one limit switch which I’ll be replacing sometime soon. This shouldn’t affect normal usage.
The spindle can be controlled by the G code program. At this point I am unsure if it can only be commanded to go clockwise or counter-clockwise or if it can also control the speed to some extent. The speed can be manually controlled by a lever and a crank on the head. It may be possible to set the maximum speed with those controls and then to set it lower using your g code.
There are two types of coolant used by this machine: Mist and flood. Right now neither work but that is because the coolant was drained and some parts were removed when it was moved. I’ll work to get this going soon.
The only obstacle to using this mill is that we don’t currently have a way to send data to the mill but it looks like we can just set up a computer next to it and use a usb to serial adapter to feed the programs to the mill. I’ll be working on that soon.
I’ll post updates as things develop.