CNC Conversion Plans

by Ron Steele

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CNC Conversion Plans by Ron Steele (04/07/05)

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Ron has developed detailed plans for converting the mini-lathe and mini-mill to CNC operation. If you aren't familiar with CNC, it stands for Computer Numeric Control and enables a machine tool such as a lathe or mill to be automatically driven under control of a computer program. The programs can be coded by hand, but nowdays are usually generated from a CAD (Computer Aided Design) program. The CAD program automates the process of making detailed, dimensioned parts drawing and can generate a file of CNC instructions to make the part that is drawn. This process is a tremendous time saver when many parts must be made to the same dimensions. However CAD/CNC is also useful for making just one or a small number of parts that require complex curves that would be difficult to machine by hand.

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