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Old 05-04-2020, 09:32 AM   #106
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, based on an 18th C design, and the digital control lets me make the most precise analogue clock wheels ever seen!
Is this the definition of steam punk?.. I second the notion for pictures..
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Old 06-04-2020, 08:11 AM   #107
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OK, so long as you don't expect me to clear up my workshop! You can see the neglected dividing disc below the platform and the stepper motor and drive below that, driven off the microprocesser. 360 degrees of rotation is divided into 28,000 steps, and I can take wheels off and put them back on for extra trimming of teeth by fly-cutter with absolute accuracy. Bliss!

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Old 06-04-2020, 11:17 AM   #108
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Yes, I think I can see how that all works. Is the dividing disc the same sort of thing as an indexing plate on a lathe?
Hats off to you for working out how to do that cunning conversion.
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Yes, I think I can see how that all works. Is the dividing disc the same sort of thing as an indexing plate on a lathe?
Hats off to you for working out how to do that cunning conversion.

Yes, you've got the right idea. I thought you might have noticed it when you came round BCV, but I guess there was more-interesting stuff to look at!

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interesting... how old is the base machine?
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interesting... how old is the base machine?
The design is ancient, but this one was made with the assistance of Myford parts in about 1988. Clockmakers had some pretty specialised production machines back to at least 1700, and their products continue to function well to this day, with a bit of help!

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