July 14, 2014 Leave a comment
When I was trying to make my 3d printer, I kept trying to drill the hotend bolts out, and kept running into trouble getting it drilled straight through. Since I couldnt find anyone with a metal lathe or a machine shop, I just kept wasting bolts and such trying to get one that was decently straight, so I decided that now that I can cast aluminum and such, that I would just make my own metal lathe from junk I had laying around.
So far, I only have the rails and headstock finished, but it’s a good start for doing it completely from scratch. It’s made from some cast aluminum, a bearing that was press fitted into what was some type of compressor for a car or something that we found in the trash and was determined to get it out, and some decently thick angle iron that I was given.
It’s around 1-1 1/2 feet long and should be good enough for just center drilling stuff like bolts, and cleaning up my casted projects. There’s a piece of paper in the second picture to show the actual size of the thing.
Here’s some pics that I took so far, which isnt that great because of the fact that I cant get my bluetooth adapter to work in newer linux versions, so just used the built in webcam and the program called cheese.