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22-01-2013, 11:12 PM
have been fairly quite in the bike building lately cause i have had my hands on a new project,

it is no bike but still costs heaps.
i decided after using my mill manually for a couple of years that cnc was the way forward. i did some research and took the plunge. i brought some 400 watt yaskawa AC servos motors and drives from ebay from a dude in korea that seems to have heaps of second hand cnc parts.
i then ordered some custom made pmi brand ground ball screws from tiawan.

the biggest challenge so far has been the elect cab. so many circuits to think of and safety circuits as well.
the pc program controls the spindle rpm via a circuit board that controls the voltate to the invertor.
the coolant is switched by a relay once again controlled by an m code in the program
in the end it has all come together well.
i have alot more i want to do including
mount the 12v power supply to power the cooling fans so i can close the cab to protect from swarf
make some sort of guard for coolant and swarf.  that shit goes everywhere.
higher pressure coolant (but not till the coolant guard is sorted)
ball screw guard for z axis<br>make a steel yoke to mount the z axis ball screw to the quill.
reinforce the z axis mount as the 12mm plate is prone to flex when taking heavy cuts
i have also ordered a pendant so i don't have to worry about being attached to the keyboard.
i have also designed a custom console. to make life easier.
i will post more progress as i get it done.

all up cost for the conversion at this stage would be about 5k.
since i have had it up and running i have picked up a good job that has already paid for the conversion and then some
one thing is that this is not a vmc. but it is also not a 100k machine and therefore doesn't perform like one.

for what i do it is good enough for now but in the future i can see a VMC for sure.

here is a vid of a braided hose clamp half being machined with a 14mm cutter and about 900mm a min.

22-01-2013, 11:19 PM
Sorry Lance, Deano is to father all my children from now on .......... porn

22-01-2013, 11:24 PM

22-01-2013, 11:27 PM
will put up some more pics tomorrow. this pc is being painfull

22-01-2013, 11:29 PM
Nice one Deano. i need to talk to you soon about my top clamp to see if you can do it

23-01-2013, 07:17 AM
That is astonishing. Hats off to you Dean and huge respect.

23-01-2013, 08:49 AM
Mate that is awesome............

23-01-2013, 09:28 AM
Yet another demonstration of your abilities Deano, well done.

23-01-2013, 10:25 AM
Bamm.... Good one dude.

23-01-2013, 11:48 AM
You've got too much time on your hands Deano.... Very nice work tho :cool:

23-01-2013, 12:58 PM
You are wasted at a bearing wholesalers mate great work!

23-01-2013, 05:25 PM
You're a clever bastard ain't you Deano?

23-01-2013, 05:51 PM
bravo! and conrats on paying it off already

23-01-2013, 06:21 PM
Cheers guys.

I try Si

This elect cab is we're a lot of the work went. Just to make sure all the correct thing switch off when hitting e stop and also making sure certain things don't switch off on e stop


What is in there is from left to right on the fun rail
Main power contractor
Coolant relay
Spindle relay
Timer relay for start up of servos
24v power supply
5v power supply
Circuit breakers
Elect noise filter

Under that is 90v power supply for z axis servo brake
3 servo control packs (bottom right)

Bottom left is some circuit boards consisting of

Ethernet interface board
5v input output board
24v input output board
Spindle speed control board
Relay board

Still more to do as you can see the e stop is not in the most con isn't spot

23-01-2013, 06:24 PM
What's next? A job at NASA?

23-01-2013, 06:26 PM
Deano I work in a lot of factory's and have been doing mechanical services from the age of 13
And I can tell you that there is porn :-)

24-01-2013, 08:57 AM
I'm genuinely and seriously gobsmacked mate

24-01-2013, 09:12 AM
Amazing, more, more keep those vids coming

24-01-2013, 09:40 AM
this is honestly the best engineering resume you could have for your business.
if u put together a 5min vid to show people I dont see how they couldnt give u work.
its awesome on so many levels

Tony Nitrous
24-01-2013, 09:48 AM
I could pretend I understand half of this but I'd be telling porky-pie's.
I'm just glad there's smart folk about who can actually do this shit.

Well done.

I hung a flouro light up in my shed on an extension lead and it still works.
I was quite pleased with myself. Not quite the same is it ?

24-01-2013, 10:09 AM
see those last couple of pictures just confirm my previous thoughts and more.

24-01-2013, 02:11 PM
I could pretend I understand half of this but I'd be telling porky-pie's.
I'm just glad there's smart folk about who can actually do this shit.

Well done.

I hung a flouro light up in my shed on an extension lead and it still works.
I was quite pleased with myself. Not quite the same is it ?

I was thinking the same thing, Tony. Except for hanging a fluoro light, my garage already had lights.

Now all we need is a CNC competition between deano and ben.

25-01-2013, 08:02 PM
awsome Deano, what were you makin in that vid..other than swarf? and whats next , a meth lab? Legend mate

25-01-2013, 09:56 PM
Thanks guys. It really isn't as hard as it looks.

This arrived today. Does heaps of cool stuff. All the things I use often at my finger tips


25-01-2013, 11:24 PM

All I can see is...


That's as mental as the thing on the wall.

I feel like a retard compared to you mate.

25-01-2013, 11:28 PM
Now alls you need is a phone app for it......

26-01-2013, 08:41 AM
i will lend you my iphone....... it is giving me the shits lol

26-01-2013, 09:08 AM

All I can see is...


That's as mental as the thing on the wall.

I feel like a retard compared to you mate.

Start talking to me about how to build websites mate and the tables would be turned

People have already come up with either an app or at least a way to control the cnc via a smart phone.

A lot of guys use joysticks or Xbox controllers but I wanted something better.

A console like this is already in progress


04-02-2013, 09:17 AM
Holy shit balls Deano, that is amazing mate. This project is a bit coooler then a bike mate and has, and will make you money.
Hats off to you dude, you are one smart cookie.

08-02-2013, 01:14 AM
It's pricks like you that remind me how fucken useless I am, thanks bastard that is fucken awesome! ;)

08-02-2013, 10:32 AM
ur outa control mate! That is awesome...

10-02-2013, 09:13 PM
WOW. Deano, that is BLOODY BRILLIANT!!!!

Seriously great work mate. You'd probably get enough work off this forum to quit your day job lol.

I love this sort of home brewed engineering. Its exactly what fighters are all about.

10 out of 10 Sir.;)

20-02-2013, 09:54 PM
Thanks guys. If you love this you will really love my most recent purchase

20-02-2013, 10:10 PM
Cummon Deano, don't leave us hangin ...

20-02-2013, 10:34 PM
All in good time mate.

It isn't exactly what I wanted as it is missing a couple of axis but it is also missing 100k off the price

20-02-2013, 11:02 PM
ooh I like the sound of that.

21-02-2013, 08:07 AM
I know what it is :)

21-02-2013, 08:51 AM
Yeah come on it is not nice to tease.... lol

21-02-2013, 08:58 AM
I know too, wanna steal Deano's thunder & tell everyone? ;)

21-02-2013, 10:16 AM
It goes in and out.


28-05-2013, 10:28 PM
Have been doing more things to the mill. Made a console thing. Makes it easier to use that's for sure. The pc is mounted in the back of it.



And I made a new yoke from steel that replaced the temp ally one. Alot more ridged


But before replacing the yoke I had a go at some 3d milling. Cause of the slow spindle speed it was painful but hey it did it. I now have a water cooled 24k rpm spindle on the way and have replaced the regular coolant pump with a sub pump so I gt more pressure and more volume

28-05-2013, 10:33 PM


29-05-2013, 06:57 AM
Very nice foul ass. I mean really really sexy work deano

29-05-2013, 07:03 AM
For fucks sake mate rather than just sitting at home twiddling your thumbs why don't you get a hobby and do something useful with your time :D

Seriously though this stuff is significantly impressive. It just blows me away the sort of stuff that you come up with and then actually making it happen.Top job.

29-05-2013, 07:49 AM
as a guy that works with cnc mills all day , i take my hat off to you mate ,put some of our couple hundred thousand dollar machines to shame

29-05-2013, 08:35 AM
Slot car body mold ?

29-05-2013, 10:04 AM
Really big belt buckle?

29-05-2013, 09:35 PM
fuck yeah. do we get to see a demo on Satdy?

22-06-2013, 01:15 PM
Well I decided I needed more rpm for a couple of reasons so I went and purchased a 2.2kw 8000 to 24000 rpm water cooked spindle. I made some mounts for it out of 20mm alloy plate. I got it up and running last weekend and it works a treat . I made a second car an what took about 6 hours to do before was knocked out in just a couple of hours and could be done faster if need be as i only had the rpm at about 16k and it is so quite compared to running to old clunky vari speed head


The old car on the right and new one on the left


22-06-2013, 02:12 PM
Awesome as always ya Clever fucker

22-06-2013, 02:40 PM
Very sexy you ugly fucker I hate you.....

22-06-2013, 03:11 PM
Now you're just showing off.

Are the bodies 1/24th scale?

22-06-2013, 06:55 PM
top work mate

22-06-2013, 06:57 PM
You missed the door handles Dean :D