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3 axis DRO installation on a 9x42" Bridgeport Mill

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Holescreek

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Nothing fancy and I still need to tweak the brackets on the Y axis a little to better align them. If you've never done the install this will give a little bit of insight on what's ahead.

X axis mounted directly to the back of the table (machined surface), only needed to align the top of the scale with the top of the table. I will be mounting one of the supplied scale covers over top of the scale for protection:



Y axis is always a little more involved getting the reader head attached firmly. I need to tweak the bracket a little to make it parallel to the scale. Tying the wires off for strain relief will save a lot of grief later too.



Both Y and Z axis need to be aligned on both the top and sides because they're mounted on uneven surfaces. I use a tool in a hand drill to raise and lower the knee.



Note I also turned the scale so the reader head was on the far side so chips and oil wouldn't get slung into the wipers. It's a lot more work but it's a nicer job.



I notched the mounting bar they sent for the DRO and bent it 90 degrees, then welded it to another bar running to the ram for mounting.



I ran out of time to get the scales checked out and axis flipped (if necessary) before I left for work. Plenty of time this weekend to get it all dialed in.
 

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What a well done job. Thank you for taking the time to post your project.
 

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Thanks for the post - I may be in the middle of the same thing in the future. If you don't mind saying - what DRO are you using?

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Sorry for the question - I now realize this is the unit tyou already pointed out to me

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Thanks for the pictures
I am getting a BP in the next month or so and, after a VFD, the DRO is next

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I was only able to spare an hour to get this finished up today before work but I got the supplied scale cover installed and the axis directions flipped in the software. I also got the Y axis mounting bracket readjusted square.





Now I may actually start using this mill more often.
 

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Hi Holescreek

Would you mind telling us the sizes of the scales you ordered?

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Hi Holescreek

Would you mind telling us the sizes of the scales you ordered?

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Bruce
X- 800, Z- 450 and Y- 350mm. The 800 has about an extra foot of scale you'll never use but it sure makes it simple mounting on the 42" table and not having to worry about the reader head placement. (and the price is the same anyway.)
 

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Well thought out installation Bruce. Price seems pretty hard to beat. Do you know off hand what features may be lacking vs say the dro-pro version which runs around $700? Thanks, Mike
 

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I'll go out on a limb and say that Bruce probably won't want to take the time to research the features of each unit to answer your question. I know I wouldn't. I bet that the manual that comes with the $700 unit is a hell of a lot easier to understand than the $300 unit.
 

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Know what you mean. Just figured someone who has done several of these has probably researched it pretty well. I did take a quick look on e-pay and here is the higher end DRO-PRO version. The descriptions can take a little evaluation if your not familiar with all the terminology. Thinking someone who is more familiar with them could clear up some things for those of with less experience. Mike




- 5 um (0.0002") resolution scales (display supports 0.1-10 um scales as well)

- Can be switched between Mill, Lathe, Grinder and EDM

- Supports both English and Metric units (in/mm display)

- Absolute and Incremental measuring mode

- Center line (1/2) function

- Sub datum (200 points)

- Linear drilling function Mill Mode

- Bolt circle (PCD) machining in Mill Mode

- Incline and oblique plane machining Mill Mode

- Simple and Smooth Radius machining Mill Mode

- Asymptotic machining of inner cavity (chambering) Mill Mode

- Radius/Diameter function in Lathe mode

- Tool compensation with 200 tools library in Lathe mode

- Taper function in Lathe mode

- Axis summing in Lathe mode

- Filter in Grinder mode

- Linear and non-linear error compensation

- Auto Zero/reference function

- Calculator with trigonometric functions

- Sleep Mode

- Power Off memory

- 100-240V, 50/60Hz universal AC power

- Mounting Arm and hardware included

- ISO 9001 certified quality control, CE certified
 

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This is a fantastic post,just in time.To me I can't imagine a BP without a DRO or any mill without it.Like others and as posted by Fomogo,just don't understand all the technicals that goes with DRO,so this post is outstanding.Showing how to install by Holescreek helps to give ideals which I have no imagination so this is a big help.Thanks for posting---kroll
 

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X- 800, Z- 450 and Y- 350mm. The 800 has about an extra foot of scale you'll never use but it sure makes it simple mounting on the 42" table and not having to worry about the reader head placement. (and the price is the same anyway.)
I now have the BP in my workshop and am looking at getting the DRO. Can you please confirm that the lengths are the travel of the slides not the overall lengths? Thanks in advance
Bruce
 

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Yep, travel length. Check your own machine before you order. Run it all the way to a stop and make a line with a marker that goes across the moving and non moving surfaces. Then crank the axis fully the other direction and measure the distance between the two lines. I have occasionally seen BPM's with an extra length knee which would make the Y axis longer than usual.
 
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Thanks

Will do when I find the machine under all the crud

I have found that it is not painted black

Cheers

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Hi
Any chance you can update the thread to fix or replace the Photobucket links?

I am almost at the point of fitting scales and would like to remind myself how you did it.

Cheers
Bruce
 

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Hi
Any chance you can update the thread to fix or replace the Photobucket links?

I am almost at the point of fitting scales and would like to remind myself how you did it.

Cheers
Bruce

I can't fix my threads without edit privileges.
 

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Any updates on your installations,what kind of DRO did you go with?If possible post some pics of your process,love to follow along----kroll
 

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What you may want to do is put a small stand off below the scale for the X axis so you can't run the table into the column when cranking it in. The pic I posted shows my scale with just a 5/16 cap screw used as my stand off. If the table is cranked in too much the cap screw will hit the column instead of the scale.
 

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My lathe didn't come with a DRO so I bought a three-axis unit that I haven't installed yet. The mill came with a two-axis DRO on it. I've purchased a lathe tail-stock battery operated DRO and am planning to put the three-axis on the mill and transplant the two axis to the lathe. I haven't checked yet to see if the slides are interchangeable. Sounds like from the thread that the z-axis usually goes on the table. I guess one could also put a tailstock type DRO on the quill.
 
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