H-M Supporter - Silver Member
H-M Supporter - Silver Member ($10)
- Mar 7, 2018
Initially the thought was convert the 13x37 and in fact I probably will follow through with a basic 2 axis conversion however I want something more intricate and think building from scratch is going to be the way to go about it. The plan is to build a turn center that utilizes a 8 tool turret and live tooling with hydraulic rotary spindles. The discussion here is there isn’t a lot of information regarding these spindles and what is needed to interface them to a motion control. The options available are endless from hydraulic love tooling, radial/axial milling, sub spindle, and so on. I suspect any motion control with appropriate axis count will suit its those components in between. Many of these hydraulic spindles have decent rpm ranges up to 6500 which is adequate and fairly compact while providing a vast amount of torque as well holding power when c axis machining is necessary. It seems it is the prime way to build a turn center where space constraints may be issue and a way to alleviate additional components that if need of I wanted to attempt retrofitting an existing manual lathe into. Turn center. Does anyone here have experience with hydraulics or knowledge of the control systems needed to implement such a design? Would one primary hydraulic pump be sufficient to supply multiple spindles? I am unfamiliar with the math necessary to factor pump size, etc... hoping someone here can point me to some literature or previous experience or better yet a diagram and basic list of components that would drive a system like this. I suspect the manufacturer can help to some degree although overseas in china and a language barrier it could take months to get the response or help if any would ever occur. I’ve already been waiting a week for a couple basic questions I had so I’d rathet not be left defendant. Searching Google “My Friend” I didn’t find much for any diy projects or where manufacturers had interest in explaining the gritty details about their operations or techniques. The technology having been around 100 years you’d think there would be more information available out there.