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- 3 phase steppers
- - a router

- Cross table


Project 1 The Sieg conversion.

The Sieg mini mill is sold in Holland as Black & Red and asks 500.-. The same machine is sold under the names Grizzly,  Homier, Micromark ,  Alpha, Bernardo. The Sieg X2 has a little brother X1 and a bigger one the X3 and X3 super 

 Cheap rolled trapezium thread 16 x 4 mm combined with PETP or POM nuts were applied.

How to get a suitable nut? Machining such small nuts in the conventional lathe is a hard job.  The only way is to make a tap.

Trapezium  comes in cheap meters and I took 35 centimeters for the tap.
My idea was to make a long cone. The core diameter of 16 x 4 is about 11 mm and from there to 16 mm with a top slide angle of about 1 degree, a flow is made from 150 mm. If you want to copy it, take my advice: don't use widia, but HSS at slow speed in cutting the fragile spindle off.
After that, 3 flutes were ground with a normal thin disc in the mill. The cutting edge is 84 degrees.
Believe me, the thing is sharp after  finishing  with a fine stone and making a nut in polymer is quite easy. Don't make narrow flutes, the plactic must go anywhere.


may 3rd 2005 
The Drivers

The well known Thorsten Ostermann designed 4 Amp drivers and a break out board. I chose these for my  2 Nm steppers, and they are performing quit well. My connection in Holland for these is


The magic of 3 phase steppers, 

New drivers have been made for the KT60KM06 3 phase steppermotors from Japan Servo. The steppers possess only 3 wires and are three phase with a star coil configuration.  A driver is based on the HA13532 and the bridge SLA6023.

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These motors are salvaged from copiers. The difference between the commonly used 2 phase steppers is not quite obvious for my application. The specs of the manufacturer speak of more torque at higher speed. My statement is only, that they are working with the apparant low holding torque of 0,5 Nm and in half step highly accurate with 1200 steps/rev. 

The set up of the measurement of the torque  and the trial for inductive sensors as shown below.

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Project 2 A Router

This router was a platform of exercise for all aspects of building and design, and managing budget.

Specs &steps

Workspace  250 x 300 mm  with a Z of 160 mm

Strategic:  Most routers are moving gantry ones and have a fixed table. 
However, for the small workspace in this case a moving table is suitable. So there is a steady bridge.


-  take a suitable handmill
-  fix the Z- axis travel and the altitude of the saddle above the table, create a imaginary"cube"for the objects to be milled on the table. Watch the height of vices etcetera, and the length of milling tools.
-  look at the saddle width
-  what should be the effective way of Y, and take a little oversize
-  dimensions of the frame of the machine
-  determination of the X travel
-  length dimension of the frame
-  tuning in the table dimensions, think about the clamps, bolts and stairblocks 

Project 3. The MINIminimill

This project is based on the X1 from Sieg Corporation. The crosstable has 0,5 Nm Japan Servo Nema23 motors. 

Project 4 The Lathemasters conversion

Last year I found a crippled lathe in  Buitelaars store in Waddinxveen. Only 350.- and no questions. I never never have any questions... I have plans. :))The conversion has started lately. Changing the X/Y-axis is no problem. The main spindle however, should be a step/ direction controlled axis and not only RPM controlled.

March2007: mechanics are done. I have changed to electronics. 

Yet Another anti Backlash Solution

Yabs! This concept is very simple and the solution is acting alike a collet chuck. The 40 mm long POM nuts are incised over three  quarters of their length with 1, 2 or 3 kerfs. The 2, 3 or 4 members are kept on their free end by an O-ring with an adequate tension enclosing the thread. Thus a dynamic fill of the trapezium thread will be achieved. Several pilots learned, that with the right dimensions of the screw, nut and O-ring, major forces can be transferred. There are truly two nuts: a static and a dynamic one. I'm looking for the right dimensions yet. And a first trial with an pneumatic YABS! is almost finished. Anyway, the kick is to save much money on ball screws. They are open source, so go ahead!

The First and only Cross Table with YABS! in the world.
This is the first attempt to get a full functional mill at a rock bottom price. Black & Red has upgraded the X1 minimill with a larger table and the former tables are selling off. The base of the table has an extension for the column. From there fantasy must take over.

The first table is equiped with common Nema 23 |Japan Servo's of 0.5 Nm. Two others will get the 3 phase 60 x60 mm Japan Servo's with high resolution 1200 steps/rev in half step. It seems that these motors are more powerfull than expected, anyway they have an 8 mm shaft. 

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YABS in different forms

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