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Y-axis modification for Hi Torque Mini Mill

June 24, 2012

Joe Katona

Y-axis modification for Mini Mill


For our mini-mill build, the y-axis travel is limited by 2 factors: 1. The Z-axis down stop interferes with the y travel when the stop is in the down position on the Zcolumn. 2. WATCH OUT!!when the Z-axis stop is out of the way, or removed, the Y travel toward the column will go far enough to let the ball nut lose its ball bearings. 3. This modification prevents the ball nut issue, allows you to remove the Z-axis down stop (it just gets in the way for CNC anyway), and gets you another 0.75 of Y-axis travel!!

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Z-axis downstop limits Y-axis travel

June 24, 2012

of these YouDisable will addall 0.75 inches of switches except the Estop Y-axis travel and the ball switch nut will not lose its bearings. Joe Katona

Y axis modification for Mini Mill


There are 2 component modifications and 1 build modification involved :

Component Modifications:
1. 2. The Y Table clearance slot needs to be widened approx .22 The Ball nut retainer (the aluminum part that the ball nut screws into) needs to be notched .22 x 1 deep

Build Modification:
1. The ball nut needs to be screwed into the opposite side of the ball nut retainer

June 24, 2012

Joe Katona

Y axis modification for Mini Mill


There are 2 component modifications and 1 build modification involved :

Component Modifications:
1. The Y Table clearance slot needs to be widened approx .22

This is the stepper motor end of the Y-axis table

June 24, 2012

Joe Katona

Y axis modification for Mini Mill


There are 2 component modifications and 1 build modification involved :

Component Modifications: 2. The Ball nut retainer (the aluminum part that the ball nut screws into) needs to be notched .22 x 1 deep

Mill notch .22 x 1 in ball nut retainer


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Y axis modification for Mini Mill


There are 2 component modifications and 1 build modification involved :

Build Modification: 1. The ball nut needs to be screwed into the opposite side of the ball nut retainer

Ball nut is mounted on opposite side of retainer


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Notch faces opposite direction from ball nut


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Y axis modification for Mini Mill


There are 2 component modifications and 1 build modification involved :

Build Modification: 1. The ball nut needs to be screwed into the opposite side of the ball nut retainer Notice the effect of the notch that has been milled into the ball nut retainer. The set screw that holds this piece has enough length to do its work.

This shows the ball nut at full stop in Y- direction


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Conclusion:
I know this modification will not be for everyone, but the additional .75 of travel, not to mention the elimination of the possibility of the ball nut bearings falling out, makes it worth the time (took me about 1 hour).

June 24, 2012

Joe Katona