Now for a project on a grander scale, a router lathe that's controlled by an Arduino. Using a variety of motor controls, some heavier duty circuitry and a lot of work, Chris now has a router lathe with a ~14 cm swing over the bed and ~83 cm between centres. Considering the magnitude of this project, it's great to see him succeed and have a working product, for example:
With some preplanning and careful measuring you could automate many wood-turning designs for some fascinating hand-free work. For more information, follow Chris' series about the lathe from here. And we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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