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This video overviews the two controls kit options
and attempts to show the differences
MDF Rose Engine Lathe 2.0
Controls Kit Options

We offer two controls options for the MDF Rose Engine Lathe 2.0.


Notes:

  1. Stepper motors for X, Z, and B axes are not included in the kit.
  2. Limit switches are not included in the kit.

The parts listed in other kits below are not included in this kit.

Spindle-Only
Stepper Motor Control Kit
Multiple Stepper Motors
Control Kit
Overview
  • This kit provides all the parts to drive the spindle with a stepper motor.
    • This kit is not able to synchronize any other movement.
  • A rotary switch is used to control the spindle speed and direction.
  • The kit's stepper motor is attached to a bracket which gets installed in the lathe's headstock.
  • The kit's electronic components are in a separate box, with the power supply (usually) installed under the lathe's bed.
  • The kit includes everything needed to drive:
    • the spindle with a stepper motor,
    • a stepper motor for movement along the Z axis1,
    • a stepper motor for movement along the X axis1, and
    • a stepper motor for movement along the B axis1,
  • It uses a touch screen to control the activity2.
  • It also allows for using limit switches to stop movement when the desired cut has been achieved.
  • The kit's spindle stepper motor is attached to a bracket which gets installed in the lathe's headstock.
  • It comes as a case which fits neatly below (or beside) the lathe's bed.

  • The curvilinear slide will attach to this controls kit.
  • The spherical slide will attach to this controls kit.
Options
  • Electronics are available two ways:
    1. An assembled kit with the Pololu already pre-programmed and wired into place.
      (You will need to place the power supply in the lathe's bed, and attach the power switch)

    2. A kit you can assemble yourself.
      This requires strong capabilities to assemble, program and test electronics, following the manual we have available.
  • Electronics are available two ways:
    1. An assembled kit with everything ready to go. Just plug it in and turn it on.

    2. A kit of the hard to source parts which you can assemble yourself. This allows for lower start-up cost as you can add the stepper motor drivers as you have the need.
      This requires strong capabilities to assemble, program and test electronics, following the manual we have available.
Some Details
  • This option is significantly lower in cost (as there are many fewer parts), and is also much simpler to build.

  • It is based on the Pololu Tic 36v4 and is designed to drive the spindle with a stepper motor.
  • This option gives a tremendous increase in capabilities, but is also more expensive and complicated to build.

  • This system is based on:
    • Teensy microcontroller,
    • Nextion touch screen display, and
    • StepperOnline DM542T stepper motor drivers which are designed to handle plenty of current, allowing for selection from a good range of stepper motors.

 

Kit Contents
Spindle-Only
Stepper Motor Control Kit
Multiple Stepper Motors
Control Kit
Assembled Kit

Mechanical Items

  • Mounting bracket to attach the spindle stepper motor to the headstock
    • Bracket has idler attached
    • Includes all the necessary bolts, nuts, washers, and spacers
  • Spindle pulley
  • Spindle stepper motor pulley
  • Spindle drive timing belt

Assembled Electrical Items

  • StepperOnline NEMA 23 spindle stepper motor with cable terminated into a GX-16 jack
  • Pololu Tic 36v4
  • Rotary Encoder
  • Watertight, single gang utility box with cover
  • Includes power and signal cabling

Assembled electrical items are programmed and tested with the stepper motor.

Other Items, not assembled

  • Mean Well LRS-100-24 AC/DC Power Supply
  • SPST power switch
  • Utility box cover for power switch (equivalent to Hubbell-Raco 861)

This is a great option for retrofitting an original MDF Rose Engine Lathe to use a stepper motor for driving the spindle.

Mechanical Items

  • Mounting bracket to attach the spindle stepper motor to the headstock
    • Bracket has idler attached
    • Includes all the necessary bolts, nuts, washers, and spacers
  • Spindle pulley
  • Spindle stepper motor pulley
  • Spindle drive timing belt

Assembled Electrical Items in Base Box

  • StepperOnline NEMA 23 spindle stepper motor with cable terminated into a GX-16 jack (for the spindle)
  • Teensy 3.5
  • Printed circuit board with electronics soldered into place
  • StepperOnline DM542T stepper motor drivers (4)
  • Mean Well LRS-100-24 AC/DC Power Supply
  • SPST power switch
  • MDF box to hold everything
  • Includes power and signal cabling

Assembled Electrical Items in HMI Display Box

  • Nextion 4.3” Display
  • Includes the cable to attach this box to the Base Box

Assembled electrical items are programmed and tested with the stepper motor.

This kit can also be used with an original MDF Rose Engine Lathe. (The MDF box will have to sit to the side or behind the lathe.)

Ordering Information

Order Assembled Spindle-Only
Stepper Motor Kit
$ 500

Price shown does not include taxes or shipping.

Ordering Information

Order Assembled Multiple
Stepper Motors Kit
$ 1,350

Price shown does not include taxes or shipping.

Upgrade Kit n/a If you have the Spindle-Only Stepper Motor Control Kit, this upgrade will replace the controls to be a Multiple Stepper Motors Control kit.

This kit is does not include the mechanical items listed above..

Ordering Information

Order Multiple Stepper
Motors Upgrade Kit
$ 1,050

Price shown does not include taxes or shipping.

DIY Kit

Mechanical Items

  • Mounting bracket to attach the spindle stepper motor to the headstock
    • Bracket has idler attached
    • Includes all the necessary bolts, nuts, washers, and spacers
  • Spindle pulley
  • Spindle stepper motor pulley
  • Spindle drive timing belt

Assembled Electrical Items

  • n/a

Other Items, not assembled

  • Pololu Tic 36v4
  • Rotary Encoder
  • Mean Well LRS-100-24 AC/DC Power Supply

There are additional, easy-to-obtain parts you will need to order separately to complete this. Those remaining items are outlined in the complete bill of materials in this manual. Assembly instructions are also included in that manual.

Mechanical Items

  • Mounting bracket to attach the spindle stepper motor to the headstock
    • Bracket has idler attached
    • Includes all the necessary bolts, nuts, washers, and spacers
  • Spindle pulley
  • Spindle stepper motor pulley
  • Spindle drive timing belt

Assembled Electrical Items

  • n/a

Other Hard to Find Items, not assembled

  • Printed circuit board
  • Header & DIP sockets
  • Resistors, capacitor, bus transceiver, DC/DC converter
  • 3D-printed box to hold Nextion touch screen

There are additional, easy-to-obtain parts you will need to order separately to complete this. Those remaining items are outlined in the complete bill of materials this manual. Assembly instructions are also included in that manual.

Ordering Information

Order DIY Spindle-Only
Stepper Motor Kit
$ 350

Price shown does not include taxes or shipping.

Ordering Information

Order DIY Multiple
Stepper Motors Kit
$ 385

Price shown does not include taxes or shipping.