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I Just Got a CNC Mill!!

 
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nwcc
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 11:46 am    Post subject: I Just Got a CNC Mill!! Reply with quote

Its been 12 years since I last worked with a CNC mill now it looks like I'll have my own.

I was just notified that I won a silent bid auction for a CNC Masters table top CNC mill that was surplus from a community college.

New it looks like it would be over 7 grand but for $2200.00 .... I'm getting the mill, hand held controller, splash guard, and misc cutters.. As far as I can tell I'll need coolant, software (I have Autocad 12 but I'll need to get Smart cam), and a communications cable.

Here's the specs I got off the company website

X Axis: Left/Right table travel 19" 485mm
Y Axis: Forward/Back table travel
7" 175mm
Z Axis: (Quill) Spindle Up/Down travel 5 127mm
Spindle nose to table (maximum) 18" 480mm
Motor power 2 HP
Overall height (w/o stand) 43-1/2" 1100mm
Machine Stand Height 30" 760mm
Drilling capacity 1-1/4" 32mm
End mill capacity 3/4" 20mm
Swing 15-7/8" 405mm
Spindle taper R-8
Diameter of Spindle sleeve 3" 75mm
Head Swivel 360 degrees
Diameter of column 4-1/2" 115mm
Overall length (end of table to end of X motor handle) 39-1/4"
Overall width (back of spindle motor to Y motor handle) 39-3/4"
Spindle speed 12 speed (120-3000rpm)
Working area of table 28-3/4 x 8-1/4"
Net/gross weight 700 lbs.

After I pick this up my current mill will need to find another home because I don't have the room or need for 2 milling machines.

I feel like a kid on Christmas morning!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok I got dibbs on the first machine work job!
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lucky SOB!!! Laughing Laughing Laughing just kidding. i wish i were closer to you, id be inclined to take the other machine off your hands.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

10sec.et wrote:
lucky SOB!!! Laughing Laughing Laughing just kidding. i wish i were closer to you, id be inclined to take the other machine off your hands.


After I'm competent operating the CNC mill. I plan on putting the manual mill on Craigslist.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you got a great deal on the mill!! Cheers

Must be cool to be able to do at least some of your own machine work!! Cool Cool
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You suck! Just kidding of course, great buy. I would love to have a manual mill and lathe at my house. It will come one day.....Clay
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

clay wrote:
You suck! Just kidding of course, great buy. I would love to have a manual mill and lathe at my house. It will come one day.....Clay


I have both. Have a Clausing "tool room" model lathe. It's 11" swing and 28" center to center. My mill is one of the off shore ones that cost about $1200. The mill is used mostly as an over-priced drill press but sure comes in handy when the need arises. I can tell you theres more money in the tooling, vises, chucks, fixtures ect. than I care to admit.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

clay wrote:
You suck! Just kidding of course, great buy. I would love to have a manual mill and lathe at my house. It will come one day.....Clay


Since deciding to go CNC , its taken me 5 years to find a CNC mill I could afford. Hopefully It will take me less time to find a CNC lathe to replace my 1959 12" Atlas lathe.

Its sad that it costs almost the same amount of money to convert a manual mill or lathe to CNC as it does to just go buy a purpose built CNC lathe or mill.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have to agree you are indeed a lucky guy to have a CNC cutting center. Only advantage I see in a CNC is repeatability (as in head work) because any thing else won't be worth the programming time. You may want to hold onto the manual stuff till you are happy with the set-up time on the CNC.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a CNC that I use in my sign business. It's supposed to be used for cutting wood & plastic, but I've upgraded the spindle to one with a wider RPM range & better bearings and it now will cut aluminum & steel plate so I can cut car parts in house. Set up time is fast. Draw the part on the screen, select it, select the tool size & speed and create a g-code file in seconds. It's slow cutting though, but it can be running while I do other stuff.
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