The CNC lathe conversion has been happening, despite no posts on the blog.
I have mounted the electronics enclosure, and mounted the various components inside. No wiring yet.
This stainless steel tool box is the electronics enclosure. It fits the space quite nicely, and is adequately big. The back gear cover to the right will be retained, although the back gears have been discarded. The main switch and emergency stop will be mounted somewhere on this cover.
The Variable speed drive (VSD) sits on top. That will control the spindle speed. The transformers, stepper motor drives, and Breakout board (the heart of the system) are positioned inside. Plus cooling fan and filters. Ready for wiring.
Drilling the apron to attach the cross slide ball screw bearing. One chance only at this one, so the setting up took a couple of hours. The apron is clamped to a large angle bracket on the milling table. M6 threading followed.
The end result. The bearing as attached to the apron and the ball screw is in place. I machined the end of this ball screw to fit the bearing, cut a thread (M10x1), and machined the end to accept the pulley. All good. There is 0.25mm adjustment available if required, but it all seems pretty correct. The bearing sits on a carefully machined block which is 7.85mm thick. Still waiting the lead screw machining.(!!)