18 years ago
I shall be starting to collect items for a new project soon. I want to make
a CNC XY table to use in conjunction with my Myford VMC vertical milling
I?m taking this approach as a easy way into CNC experimentation without
needing to have the mill in pieces as I occasionally supplement my income
with milling work.
As a complete newbie to CNC, I?m interested in any suggestions for web or
other essential reading on CNC conversion, CADCAM software as well as theory
and practice of choosing stepper motors and drive circuitry.
I have downloaded the manual for MACH2 from which looks
I am also lurking on yahoo groups CAD_CAM_EDM_DRO and DIY-CNC.
I won?t mention that I intend to use a ** to drive the steppers to avoid
certain predictable responses from the troll.
From these it seems that most of the resources and sources of materials is
in US and Canada and furthermore many of the suppliers don?t ship to UK or
have UK agents.
Can anyone point me in the direction of UK suppliers, ideally reasonably
priced, for things such as ball screws, stepper motors, drivers and spring
steel helical protectors used on leadscrews.
If it helps, I'd rate my machining capabilities as reasonable, electronics
hardware experience as good, detailed PC knowledge as poor/zero and CAD
software experience nil.
Obviously if anyone has done anything like this already, I?d welcome any
guidance and info on pitfalls to avoid.
Thanks In Advance