Sunday, May 6, 2012

Router lathe: arduino controlled

Delta Homecraft lathe circa 1940's (?)

I found an old lathe at a garage sale and decided to turn it into a router lathe for cutting spirals, flutes and threads. Initially, I considered using a strictly mechanical mechanism to synchronize spindle rotation and lateral travel, but after playing with an Arduino and some stepper motors, I realized that could be a better solution, possibly even converted to a full CNC system sometime in the future. Now that I know it's going to work, (I made the first cut today) I'm sharing some notes on the build. I'll be posting over the next few days to get this blog up to where the project is currently.

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