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Posted by  7xCNC  February 19, 2014

bladehunter over at CNCZone has come up with an interesting approach to fitting a ballscrew to the X axis of a mini lathe.

There is hardly any room, and it's quite difficult to do. Various solutions have been used including:

1. Tiny ballscrews - hard to find, expensive

2. Screw off to the side of the cross slide - fiddly, exposed screw, not ideal but workable.

Posted by  7xCNC  September 15, 2013

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Skyfire, located in China, have developed a great small CNC mill and is now beginning manufacture - no struggling with a conversion of a manual mill. They call the it SVM-0

Part One covered making the blanks for the casting moulds.

Part Two covered machining of the cast iron and initial parts fitting

Part Three covered painting, assembly and alignment

Skyfire now have their website open and are taking orders. At present they are offering the SVM-0 for $3700 plus freight, with a range of optional extras available!

They are also working on a range of larger machines, with extended capabilities such as automated tool changer (ATC), and looking at producing lathes.

This article covers the electronics and enclosure.

Posted by  7xCNC  September 12, 2013

ToolsandMods.com has some amazing improvements and modifications for the 7x lathes. They include how to improve the fit of various parts.

Posted by  7xCNC  September 11, 2013

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Not quite ready to do a CNC conversion? How about a cheap and fully featured DRO (digital read out).

Yuri, who writes the blog Yuri's Toys has created an Android App that does just that.

Using cheap chinese scales , an Arduino , a Bluetooth Module , and a few resistors you can have a DRO that interfaces with your Android tablet or phone.

Yuri's application is available from Google Play and has all the basic DRO functions, as well as hole patterns etc.

 

Posted by  7xCNC  September 8, 2013

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Skyfire, located in China, have developed a great small CNC mill and is now beginning manufacture - no struggling with a conversion of a manual mill. They call the it SVM-0

Part One covered making the blanks for the casting moulds.

Part Two covered machining of the cast iron and initial parts fitting

Part Four will cover the electronics.

Skyfire are presently working on their website - we'll be sure to post a link when they have it up and running.

They are also working on a range of larger machines, with extended capabilities such as automated tool changer (ATC), and looking at producing lathes.

This article covers painting, assembly and alignment

Posted by  7xCNC  September 1, 2013

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Skyfire, located in China, have developed a great small CNC mill and is now beginning manufacture - no struggling with a conversion of a manual mill. They call the it SVM-0

Part One covered making the blanks for the casting moulds.

Part Three will cover painting, assembly and alignment

Part Four will cover the electronics.

Skyfire are presently working on their website - we'll be sure to post a link when they have it up and running.

They are also working on a range of larger machines, with extended capabilities such as automated tool changer (ATC), and looking at producing lathes.

This article covers machining of the cast iron and initial parts fitting

Posted by  7xCNC  August 25, 2013

DSCN3914_zpse16145a4.jpg

Skyfire, located in China, have developed a great small CNC mill and is now beginning manufacture - no struggling with a conversion of a manual mill. They call the it SVM-0

Part One covers making the blanks for the casting moulds.

Part Two covers machining of the cast iron and initial parts fitting

Part Three covers painting, assembly and alignment

Part Four covers the electronics.

Skyfire are presently working on their website - we'll be sure to post a link when they have it up and running.

They are also working on a range of larger machines, with extended capabilities such as automated tool changer (ATC), and looking at producing lathes.

This article is about the core of the machine - the casting