Mill Notes

Items Required Before the Mill Can Run

VFD needs wired up (Sean)
  • Need to see if I have appropriate connectors to take the large gauge wires from the mill's wires and connect them to the VFD's smaller inputs.
  • Wire motor to the VFD
  • Wire VFD to the wall
  • Flip the switch and watch the mill explode
  • If no explosion, mount the VFD somewhere on the mill
Determine what all the piles of parts and gears are, and if any are actually needed for primary operation
  • Any power feed parts can be stored for later.

Items Required Before the Mill Runs Usefully

Examine DRO (digital readout) setup
  • Determine what expense would be involved in adding DRO to Y and Z axes.
  • See if additional axes' displays are available for existing DRO unit
  • Mount DRO to the mill somewhere.
Big aluminum toolplate needs attached
  • Determine correct diameter for screws
  • Acquire correct pieces to connect toolplate to the mill.
Set up mill for operation
  • Set up appropriate storage for clamping kits, etc.
  • Acquire 3d taster for calibration as appropriate

Project Specific Issues

AK Builds

Barrel Setup
  • Determine correct means of clamping barrels.
  • Determine correct diameter and tool to drill gas ports.
  • Acquire appropriate end mills / drills for the tiny pin holes needed.
Parts Kit Demil
  • Consider building jig to allow end mills to be used in demilling parts kits. Supposed to be really, really fast.
Fitting barrel to trunion may well require the lathe to be operational.

AR Builds

Barrel setup
  • Determine correct means of clamping a variety of barrels.
  • Acquire taper reamer, for traditional front sight blocks?
  • Determine correct diameter and tool to drill gas ports.
  • Determine correct diameter and tool to drill barrel pin.
Receiver setup
  • Determine if I do in fact have a complete working jig setup.

Rudius 1911 Builds

Completely blocked on lack of grips from Ares.

Sten Builds

Worry about these after getting the lathe working.
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