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The Sieg-built X2 mini-mill is
quite a capable little machine. However, keeping track of workpiece/spindle
location is a chore with the non "true-inch" dials/feedscrews and the ruler
on the column.
Installing a DRO (digital read-out) scale in each of the axes will
greatly improve the accuracy of parts you can make not to mention the amount
of time saved! We have created plans that work with our CNC
conversion plans. Start with this upgrade. Even if you don't use
conversion plans, you'll find that machining can be quite enjoyable with
What is a DRO scale? And why do I need one?
Instead of counting the number of turns on the dial or constantly
measuring your cuts with your calipers, you just watch the display on your
DRO scale. It tells you how far you have moved in its respective direction.
It's made much like your digital caliper, only without the jaws. It's made
for the sole purpose of adding to your machine to accurately find location.
(here's a picture of a DRO scale)
So what are we offering?
figNoggle Designs is offering plans (23 pages in all) to
instruct you on how to build the mounting hardware for the DRO scales. There
are pictures and instructions, CAD drawings of each part to make as
a materials list with part numbers, vendors, and pricing. Basically, this
set of plans will help you get your DRO system installed on your mini-mill.
(actual pages from the plans - 23 pages in all!)
- Few parts to machine
- Easy installation
- Provides vendor sources and pricing
- DRO scales can be read without use of a display (display recommended)
- 23 pages of written instructions, pictures, and CAD drawings!
- Available in PDF format for quick delivery to your email account
- Works with the figNoggle
Designs' CNC conversion plans (now
figNoggle Designs' DRO plans
work with the following Sieg X2 mini-mills:
- Harbor Freight 44991
- Grizzly G8689
- Micro-Mark 82573
- Homier 3947
- Cummins 7877
How long does it take to make?
Our design takes roughly one (1) hour to complete and requires under
$40.00 worth of materials (not including scales). You most likely already have these materials in
your shop, in which case all you need are the scales.
What does the machine look like afterwards?
Our design allows you to read the scale displays directly off the scales
or you can buy a 3-axis display or make your own using the Shumatech design for
What are the terms of sale/use?
We accept any form of payment PayPal uses as we process online
orders via PayPal. We will also accept check or money order. Please
email us for more information.
We do not accept returns. Plans are sold as-is with no warranty.
We assume no liability for contents in the plans.
Once we receive confirmation
of your PayPal payment, we will send you the PDF file (under 1mb) to
the email account shown on your PayPal account or the one you use to
pay with. If you have special instructions, please email us first!
Plans are intended for
personal/hobby/learning uses only. Kits made from our plans for
commercial purposes is prohibited.
Your email address will be
stamped on each page of the plans in order to help prevent
Your email address and personal information is
held strictly confidential. We will not share, sell or do anything
with your email address.
Questions? Please email me at david at/at
fignoggle dot/dot com.
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