When preparing to mill critical mounting surfaces, a
few key steps and checkpoints can help you ensure a successful
- Establish a solid base for
mounting the main bed.
- Align the bed to the piece you
want to machine (you can use optics, a laser, a water level or
some other means of alignment).
- Use the screws on the bed to
clamp to, or push away from, the workpiece until it is aligned
The bed, now aligned to the workpiece, serves as the
foundation for all other alignment, so it's critical that this
foundational alignment is done correctly. With that accomplished:
- Mount the ram to the saddle,
and indicate from one bed rail to the other to make sure it is
parallel to (in line with) the bed.
- Establish the milling head
assembly perpendicular to the plane the bed is on.
- This assembly is mounted to
the Y-Axis cross slide (Image 2).
"tram" by using the screws in the milling head
assembly (Image 3).
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Next month: We'll take a closer look
at the milling head assembly and how to get the results you're
looking for as you begin machining with your CLIMAX milling machine.