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NEWS FLASH!!! We are going to being undergoing some major renovations to the website. In addition to talking about the hobby machinery like our awesome X2 and X3 mills, 7x12 and 8x12 mini-lathes, we'll also share with you information on other machinery like 3D Printing machines, Hardinges, Bridgeports, Mori-Seikis, tooling, shop talk aka "jibber jabber", and some custom CNC machines we're making. Check out our new and improved WORKSHOP for the time being. And YES, we still offer plans and kits for our mini-mills and lathes. :)

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We design, modify, and build hobby and light industrial machinery and enjoy doing so with Asian-made mini-mills and mini-lathes.

We offer both plans and kits and continue working on various projects that make your mini machines better!

X2 Mini-Mill CNC CONVERSION PLANS AVAILABLE!
X3 Small-Mill CNC CONVERSION PLANS AVAILABLE!
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(Watch a 30s video of the X, Y, Z axes doing a 1" jog. Stock leadscrews with brass nuts modified to reduce backlash. Results are after 5 minutes of adjusting mill. Average accuracy is 0.001") CLICK HERE TO VIEW.

DRO PLANS AVAILABLE
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We are offering DRO and CNC conversion plans (cnc plans and kits) to for the Sieg X2 mini-mills sold by the following companies:

  • Harbor Freight 44991
  • Grizzly G8689
  • Micro-Mark 82573
  • Homier 3947
  • Cummins 7877

Our CNC conversion plans allow you to maintain manual operation in all axes as well as use CNC operation without changing hardware between operations. This makes machining simple parts quick and easy by hand. For more complex parts (such as 3D or 2D contours) you can let the machine run via CNC.

This design is optimized for materials-use and uses easily purchased and inexpensive off-the-shelf parts and is also designed with the hobbyists' limited bench top space in mind.

What is CNC? It's an acronym for "Computer Numerically Controlled". Basically it means that the machine (in this case, the Sieg-built X2) is controlled by your computer. You design the part in some CAD (computer-aided drafting) or 3D modeling software such as AutoCad, Rhino3D, SolidWorks, or Inventor. Then you create G-Code for that part using some CAM (computer-aided modeling) software such as MeshCam, MasterCam and then using some controller software such as Mach (artofcnc), TurboCNC (dakeng) drive the stepper/servo motors (xylotex) to control the movement of the spindle head and bed. Then your workpiece is cut to your design!

CHECK OUT THE MACHINES.. You will find lots of pictures and information about the Chinese-made light industrial line of machinery from Sieg and other manufacturers.

Keep checking back here. Plenty of info is updated on a daily basis.

 
NEW AND IMPROVED!

Looking for mini-mill help and how-tos? How about lathe help and how-tos?

We're prototyping a benchtop CNC vertical mill using the DigiSpeed-XL interface card for Mach, Dart Controls and KB Electronics KBIC/KBMM 90VDC motor controllers, 1.5HP treadmill motor from Surplus Center and a R8-spindle head from the X2 mini-mill - not to mention Gecko servo drives and an entirely closed-loop system. Come take a look!

CNC 8x12 Lathe
Check out our newest developments like the CNC/DRO 8x12/8x14 lathe using Gecko drives, break-out board, NEMA 34 step motors, DRO and more!

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