CNC Mini-lathe

Given my obsession of CNC projects, I’m surprised that we haven’t mentioned this project before. [Dave] put together an excellent site about his CNC converted mini-lathe. (The same on that I’ve got) He built a pretty simple stepper controller to drive it. Since the lathe only needed two axis motors, he drove the steppers with some mosfets that he triggered from a parallel port. The site has been around for a while, but I thought you guys would enjoy a classic hack like this one.


  1. Tom says:

    Dave also makes one of the best CNC driver software packages (TurboCNC) available for the hobby/home-shop machinist, and it’s affordable at $65 with complete source code.

    robotic regards,


  2. says:

    Oh how I want…

  3. JFettig says:

    Hey, I have some plans up on my site if you’d like to build your own real cheap and easy.

    Happy CNCing!


  4. shbazjinkens says:

    I’ve got the same machines as Will and I’m in the beginning stages. Designing the stepper driver right now.

    Who has ideas for cheap lead drives? I wanted to couple directly but my stepper ain’t powerful enough.

  5. viv says:

    had made a s/w to control a cnc lathe wihtout using G&M codes … provided a natural language interface for the CNC lathe (used VB AutoCAD and C++Open GL forthe interface and simulation)… if u need any info on this let me know

  6. bob says:

    i have seen vgood projects i like to see

    can i joint you grates web

  7. mihir says:

    can you please give a link to the s/w mentioned above
    vb autocad & c++.


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