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Unimat SL Micro Lathe 6 years 8 months ago #25936

I had a quick go at milling ... the bit of nylon I wanted to mill was (at 31mm) too big for the vice, but while I had it set up I thought I'd have a go to see if it was worth upgrading ... it's not :(

It's a bit better on aluminium, but there's just too much flex in the machine & no way to accurate set the depth of cut :(

Note the orange belts - of the 3 sets of black ones the unimat came with, 2 have already failed so I'm hoping these will be better :)









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Unimat SL Micro Lathe 6 years 7 months ago #26268



1, 2, 3 mine :) just have to collect it

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Unimat SL Micro Lathe 6 years 7 months ago #26270

waterbok wrote:
1, 2, 3 mine :) just have to collect it


Cool B) As well as the usual suspects I see a 4-jaw chuck, live centre, milling table, some or all of a jigsaw attachment, most of a 2nd spindle, possibly a Jacobs tailstock chuck, possibly a collet chuck, and definitely an autofeed attachment :y:

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Unimat SL Micro Lathe 6 years 7 months ago #26273

If i am lucky that second spindle is the watchmaker collet spindle, the small vice,

one more

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Unimat SL Micro Lathe 6 years 7 months ago #26316

Sleepless night ahead I am collecting tommorow. :S

:laugh: :laugh:

any tips on toolbits material (HSS, carbide) and angles for plastic, aluminium etc.?

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Unimat SL Micro Lathe 6 years 7 months ago #26317

waterbok wrote: ...
any tips on toolbits material (HSS, carbide) and angles for plastic, aluminium etc.?


I have a few (HSS?) 1/4" bits that came with mine, + a set of brazed carbide 6x6mm tools. I prefer the carbide ones, even if they do need a bit of shimming to get the tip height correct. I really can't get on with the parting off tool, but using it without shims & only taking very shallow cuts improves things a little.

Angles: very pointy for rough work, less so for finishing. Going too straight is a recipe for chatter, stalling, and getting your work ripped out of the chuck :(

Getting as much rigidity into your setup is important, so have the tools sticking out of the toolpost as short as possible.


:)

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Unimat SL Micro Lathe 6 years 7 months ago #26320

Thx Jonny, she is standing right next to me on the table now, waiting for some 1on1 quality time.

Will post some pics later on, have to build a Ikea shelving unit first. More room for RC stuff :-D

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Unimat SL Micro Lathe 6 years 7 months ago #26321

Nice score! :cheer:

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Unimat SL Micro Lathe 6 years 7 months ago #26324

You mean the Ikea Unit? yep think I can fit five more cars now :evil: :evil:

Here are some pics, quite happy with it (both)



The Lathe

Love the box the (unknown) previous owner made.


Lathe key B)

fire it up

Tension is building up


Tada! :laugh:

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Unimat SL Micro Lathe 6 years 7 months ago #26325

Autofeed


Loads of usefull goodies.


The watchmaker spindle is without the collets, so I might sell that one. The collet inserts are size 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5 and 8


Hasnt been used for a while so the oil is all sticky, so big cleanup ahead

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