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David Fairfield
04-02-2009, 12:18 PM
Hi Guys!

Noob inquiry from a laserhead who hangs out on the engraver board.

I'm looking to get into a CNC lathe for the extreme miniature work that I do. That would mean brass turnings that are generally within 3mm to 15mm in length, about .5mm to 3mm diameter.

My questions are, what do I need to know, and what sorts of hardware and software would I need to have.

When I last looked into it, about 10 years ago, it looked very expensive and complicated. I'm hoping times have changed

Thank you! :)
Dave

Neal Schlee
04-02-2009, 1:03 PM
http://www.microkinetics.com/


Neal

Dave Johnson29
04-03-2009, 7:51 PM
I'm looking to get into a CNC lathe for the extreme miniature work that I do. That would mean brass turnings that are generally within 3mm to 15mm in length, about .5mm to 3mm diameter.


Hi Dave,

http://www.villagepress.com/publish_ourpubs.php
Get some back issues of Digital Machinist. It is full of helpful articles but more importantly lots of ads for small CNC stuff.

I have an Emco 5PC lathe that I may be interested in selling. It is virtually brand new having come from a College where it got almost no use. I have adapted it to a modern PC and currently runs on Mach3.

Here are a couple of other newsgroups to get some more answers from...

http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/Emco_cnc_users/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/miniature-machine-tools/