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Smike

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I’ve just converted my rotary table to stepper motor drive and purchased a controller from World of Ward.
Tried it out today on some scrap gears. Absolutely brilliant !
I’m making another wood clock so I thought I’d treat myself.
Just input divisions (number of teeth) and the table rotates the correct amount on a press of a button.
Wonderful 😊
 

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mikej460

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Very good - do you think you could take on Babbage's Analytical Engine next? Go on you know you want to
 

Wildman

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I’ve just converted my rotary table to stepper motor drive and purchased a controller from World of Ward.
Tried it out today on some scrap gears. Absolutely brilliant !
I’m making another wood clock so I thought I’d treat myself.
Just input divisions (number of teeth) and the table rotates the correct amount on a press of a button.
Wonderful 😊
A write up of parts used, where from and costs involved would be good for those of us who fancy having a go.
 

Phill05

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Hi Smike,

A few years ago I built a manual dividing head for the milling machine and hoped that I could make similar for the lathe, In the middle of working on this I found an old cnc machine and rebuilt it to use to make parts then a year or two ago I designed and built an electronic indexing unit that could be moved between machines I found electronic parts online and started building the controller box to power a stepper motor, I needed 240v supply in and 12v - 24v - 68v out in one box that could be taken with the control box to where ever I needed to use it. So the power box was made.

Then I started on the control box I found a board ( made by Steve Ward) that would give Jog: Divide: Degree: or Constant: working around that I used a plastic box to hold a Stepper driver, the card, a fan and a keyboard, one input 24v and 68v then a step down to 12v, on the opposite side power out to motor, I designed and cut the keys/pad with the cnc the window for the screen and the cut outs for the fan at the back of the box, I connected a motor all works as it should.

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