This week I take a few moments to repair my old heat shrink gun. I’ve had this gun forever and it recently broke. I was going to replace it but then discovered that the manufacturer, Master Appliance in Racine Wisconsin, still offers repair parts. They’ve been making heat guns since 1958.
This week I built a tool storage rack to hold my collection of cordless 18 volt Ryobi power tools. When I replace tools in the future, I wanted something easy to modify. So, I designed a system with removable dividers and tool hangers. These allow me to create custom inserts for holding various tools. A… Continue reading Cordless Tool Rack DIY: Modular & Adaptable
The CNC milling machine retrofit marches on with more wiring. I designed the last iteration of the servo motor adapter plate (hopefully). The I 3-D printed the plate with ABS filament and mounted it to the machine. It’s quite possible that the 3-D printed motor adapter is strong enough to machine its own aluminum replacement!… Continue reading Wiring Woes…
Going down through the punch-list of odds and ends that need to happen to finish this Centroid Acorn mill retrofit on the DynaMyte CNC bed mill. Designed a replacement for the missing Z axis counterweight cover and had a local fab shop make it for me, created new wiring harnesses for all the stepper motors,… Continue reading DynaMyte Mill Centroid Acorn Retrofit: more progress
Finished the restoration on the Enco Hex-Turret tailstock attachment for the 13″ Clausing Colchester Lathe.
This week I tackled replacing some parts on the DM2800 milling machine. These are parts that were either missing, broken, or in need of redesign. Although I do a lot of 3-D printing, it is rarely for decorative purposes. Usually, the majority of what I print are things to solve problems around the shop. Specifically,… Continue reading 3D printing machine repair parts
The CNC machine electrical wiring is complete! This week I finished all the panel wiring for the Centroid Acorn – Dyna Myte 2800 CNC retrofit. This included adding circuit breakers to the 24 Volt power circuits, wiring the interface cable between the DYN4 AC servo drive and the Acorn controller & adding a contactor and… Continue reading CNC Machine Electrical Wiring Complete!
This week I continue tinkering on our Centroid Acorn CNC mill retrofit by mounting the DMM 750 watt AC servo motor. This part of the project required modifying the existing step pulley bushing to fit the 86M-DHT 0.75kW AC Servo Motor 14mm shaft. A temporary adapter plate was also designed and 3D printed to enable… Continue reading Spindle Motor Adapter for CNC Mill Retrofit
Doing a bit of spring cleaning, I revisit my workshop parts and hardware storage solution and share a few tips I’ve come up with. Many shop supplies come in their own cases, and while these are nice, their inconsistent sizes don’t stack or store well with parts storage cases from other manufacturers. I use 3D… Continue reading Workshop Hardware Storage Tips: Consolidate to Organize
Working on replacing the original spindle motor on my DynaMyte 2800 with a DMM DYN4 Servo System. Going to try a 750 Watt AC Servo Motor- the 86M-DHT from Dynamic Motor Motion. In this video I prepare the mill for installation of the new motor and rearrange the electrical panel for the DYN4 AC Servo… Continue reading DMM DYN4 Servo Spindle Retrofit