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Mini printable lathe V2 + Chuck - OpenSCAD version.

by Daid, published

Mini printable lathe V2 + Chuck - OpenSCAD version. by Daid Oct 13, 2011

Description

I've converted the printable Lathe from Sublime into OpenSCAD files. There are some differences, but the parts should be compatible (Except for the gears, those use a different teeth style)

The size of the guide-rods/axles and screw holes are adjustable in Util.scad
Also some of the main dimensions can be adjusted in the Util.scad

Note that these parts are interexchangeable with the ones from Sublime, unless you change the parameters. If you build this machine from scratch you might want to use thicker guides and a larger guide distance, so the carriage has more stability.

Changes:
"X_carriage" is flat on top, so you can print it flat on that side, fixes the overhang.
There might be some printing problems with overhang in the bearing_block.

Possible upgrades:
Add step motor mounts so you can make a CNC Lathe.
There is very little clearing between the X carriage and the Z front. Any flex or inaccuracies might cause problems.

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I never finished it. When I started this project I was new to printing. And after printing a few parts I found out that the software for printing was not where I needed it to be. So I spawned the Cura project.

Do you have a picture of the finished project?

Actually, I never got around to print all parts of this thing. When I made this my printer was pretty new to me and I had trouble getting the parts to come out right. Now I know I can print this fine, but I also gained access to 2 real lathes.

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Instructions

Convert SCAD to STL.
Print everything once, except for:
Upright, which you'll need 3 times.
Bevel_gear, you'll need twice.
Hand_crank, you'll also need twice.
You'll need to print 4 mirrored parts, next to the normal ones: "Z_carriage_left", "Gear_lever", "Cam_lever_part_A" and "Cam_lever_part_B"

For the chuck, print 4x the planet gear. And 4 jaws.

Add 12x 608 bearings.
Add 8M rods for the axles.
Add 6M rods for the guides.
Drill holes larger where I made mistakes ;)
Add a bunch of nuts.

TODO: Add part list for the chuck.

Add a tool holder (see: thingiverse.com/thing:9242 for options)

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Citystars on Mar 23, 2014 said:

Do you have a picture of the finished project?

Daid on Mar 24, 2014 said:

I never finished it. When I started this project I was new to printing. And after printing a few parts I found out that the software for printing was not where I needed it to be. So I spawned the Cura project.

Mr_Sheesh on Jul 8, 2012 said:

Nice! Wonder how much would the non printed parts for one run, and what you could get away with lathing with it, I don't have machine shop access any more, but usually just need to lathe rather small parts :)

Daid on Jul 9, 2012 said:

Actually, I never got around to print all parts of this thing. When I made this my printer was pretty new to me and I had trouble getting the parts to come out right. Now I know I can print this fine, but I also gained access to 2 real lathes.

SayNoToMakerbot on Nov 15, 2011 said:

So how is the progress? :)

Daid on Nov 15, 2011 said:

The bearings fit! I was waiting to print a few parts before I got that measurement correctly. I should have the X carriage done soon. I didn't print any of the gears yet.

I'm still missing the bolts for the chuck, so I cannot assemble it yet. (The person who was going to order the parts forgot it, and only did so this weekend)

Daid on Oct 28, 2011 said:

I've started to print it (finally) I'm still waiting for a few parts to end up in the mail.

I've changed the guides to 12mm copper tubing, which is common used for gas lines and so easy to get and not that expensive. There also is little flex in them compared to M6 treaded rods.
12mm is the max you can get away with in the current design. Else the walls will get too thin.

I'm going to m
odify the X carriage a bit more so it contains screw holes to attach the tool holder.

SayNoToMakerbot on Nov 5, 2011 said:

How goes the printing?

Daid on Oct 21, 2011 said:

Update!

Now with chuck, and most of the issues Sublime mentioned fixed. There are also a bunch of parameters in Util.scad that you can tweak to your linking.

SayNoToMakerbot on Oct 13, 2011 said:

I know it's a work in progress but it would still be nice to have the stl's. I myself can't open a scad files.

A few notes:

The gear look great and I will definitely be using yours when it comes time to replace mine.

The nut location in the X-carriage does not have a taper for printing vertically. So it has a nasty overhang.

You removed the taper from the feet on the Z-carriage ends. This was there to m
ake the surface area that touched the table smaller to reduce friction.

The hex hole in the Z-carriage front you changed to a round hole looks to small to have a nut on the rod in that location.

You changed the flat top holes for the 608 bearings in the Bearing block to round. This will make it mu
ch harder to print.

The cone shape in the bottom of the center gear looks a little shallow.

You removed the taper on the top of the bearing holder of the Z-carriage front. This was REALLY important, without it the X-carriage will hit the bearing holder.

The holes in the Bearing block do not look
big enough to have a nut spinning in them.

Daid on Oct 14, 2011 said:

For the SCAD files: http://www.openscad.org/ runs on Linux/MacOS and Windows. For Ubuntu it's even in the repositories.

Just open a file, press F6, and then from the menu select "export STL". (if you get a warning about OpenGL2, ignore it, it only effects the F5 render)

The gears are from the MCAD gears library, which makes these wonderful gears easy to make 8-) the Bevel_gear is also made with the same library.

I noticed the nasty overhang in the X-carriage, but I'm thinking about rotating it 90 deg so it sits on the top, removing the angled part from the top.
Solves all the overhang problems and makes it easy to print. (Also, my printer will print this overhang with just a few flaws, I printed a much worse overhang/bridge combination yesterday)
Right now I made the model for the "optimal" machine, because not everyone needs the overhang tweaks. I'll add
the overhang fixes at a later point, so you can enable/disable them.

The feet should still be tapered? Maybe a bit less then normal. In any case, if you make the carriage guides 10mm instead of 6mm you could just remove the feet I think.

For the Z-carriage front, do you think we could just cut off
the top of the bearing holder? Will it still be strong enough? That would make this part, and the X-carriage simpler in design.

And indeed, the holes next to the bearing are not large enough, I noticed that myself. Also, the holes in the carriage don't account for the tubing around the guides, so
these are to small.

MarkU on Oct 13, 2011 said:

It would be neat to have a world map with the approximate locations of where every part and ancestor etc came from for things like this

brucedjones on Oct 14, 2011 said:

I havent seen it done before but I'm sure this could be done with version control (svn, git etc). OpenScad files are essentially code afterall.

triffid_hunter on Oct 13, 2011 said:

I have been following this project with rapt attention!

Now, if only thingiverse had some way to notify me when you post updates!

pchretien on Oct 13, 2011 said:

Now that it is written in OpenScad, would be nice to have the thing on github. That would allow update notifications and tracking.

SayNoToMakerbot on Oct 13, 2011 said:

Good work. I'm sure it will start to evolve a lot faster now.

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