Where to get a 3mm spindle

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skroon
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Where to get a 3mm spindle

Post by skroon » Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:13 pm

I read that uk owners of the imodela got it with a 3mm spindle. I've bought it in the Netherlads and it shipped with a 2.35mm spindle.

I would love to get a 3mm spindle aswell in order to use standard 3mm cutters. I'm reading that some people on the form build their own? Unfortunately I'm really new to milling in general that I would be unable to create a spindle my self.

Is there away to order a 3mm spindle in the uk? I've looked at the uk imodela distributors website but was unable to find any thing mentioning the 3mm spindle being sold separately.

I'm guessing it will be available as a spare part or something?

What would be the price for such a spindle?

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Re: Where to get a 3mm spindle

Post by Joules » Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:23 am

Skroon,
You need to find some kind soul with a workshop. Model engineers can be found all over the place ;)

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Re: Where to get a 3mm spindle

Post by michaelhobbyson » Fri May 11, 2012 6:47 pm

I have exact same issue.

Got a 2.35mm spindle version and can not use all my 3mm standard cutters.

I could not find a place to order 3mm spindle replacement.

Any ideas?

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Re: Where to get a 3mm spindle

Post by Andrew Dudley » Tue May 15, 2012 3:42 pm

Hi Guys,

In the UK some partners ship with a 3mm spindle because of the tooling, however some will be shipping with the 2.35mm spindle (From Roland, the machine ships with a 2.35mm spindle only, the 3mm is an after market accessory).

Currently don't have a price, but if you look here http://www.imodela.co.uk/Spare_Parts.asp you can see the other parts available.

I'll let you know as soon as we get the information.
Andrew Dudley
Business Manager - 3D & Dental
Roland DG (UK) Ltd
Web: www.rolanddg.co.uk

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Re: Where to get a 3mm spindle

Post by charlene » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:40 pm

There is a nice chap in the UK test-driving the imdoela for me before I decide to buy one, and he rightly mentions that getting tools to fit the 3mm spindle is difficult and extremely expensive, cutters can cost £50 each.
Hmmm, not so sure now :|

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Re: Where to get a 3mm spindle

Post by chevy6600 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:13 am

How you doing charlene, i know cutters can be expensive but £50 is way over expensive, i have been buying 3mm cutters easerly and cheaply from ebay, some from abroad for £4 to £6 ea. carbide not the chepo HSS type. for ie. http://www.chilterntooling.co.uk/epages ... ID=2484453 from the u.k.

heres an ebay uk seller http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3MM-CARBIDE-S ... 20c3fa506c

another but at a £10 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2mm-Solid-Car ... 3a710b64cd

another from uk. seller http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Proxxon-Tungs ... 2a18e362f5

so you see there are many places to buy them from (there are other suppliers posted here by others as well)
by the way, the 3mm spindle size is a good choice for cutters but you will need other spindle sizes as well, such as the 1/8, as the drills usualy come in 1/8 size not the 3mm. Different spindles are sold by roland.

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Re: Where to get a 3mm spindle

Post by charlene » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:38 am

Hi chevy 6600,
You're a star :D
I will check those links out, thank-you.
My 'researchers' imodela came yesterday and he is running tests tonight. A very experience individual and talented jeweler with two other larger Roland machines, so interesting to hear what he thinks.
The talk of spindles and tools, and tooling paths and yet more software to get my head around is a bit daunting, Oh My ! :o :?

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Re: Where to get a 3mm spindle

Post by imodela » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:43 am

I have a similar problem with a die sinker but in reverse, so I bore out some brass bar in the lathe then glue a 2.35mm cutter in place with lockthread, this might help users in the UK who have machines like myself who have the 3mm version, this allows use of jewellers style cutters of which there is an abundance of.
A good source of 3mm cutters is http://www.mscdirect.co.uk/cgi/insrhm
Hope that helps
Regards
Steve

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Re: Where to get a 3mm spindle

Post by Julian5714 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:24 pm

Does anyone know of a supplier in the UK of carbide tools with a 3mm diameter shaft that are smaller than 0.5mm diameter ?

I found some 0.8mm flat ended on eBay at £20 for 10 but I'd ideally like something much finer or maybe a 10 degree tapered engraving bit with a 0.1mm tip ?

So far my feelings are that if Roland just fitted every machine with a 1/8" ( 3.17mm) spindle as standard then life would be easier for most of us !

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Re: Where to get a 3mm spindle

Post by Minestorm » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:45 pm

So far my feelings are that if Roland just fitted every machine with a 1/8" ( 3.17mm) spindle as standard then life would be easier for most of us !
Yes, it's the reason I've not bought one yet. I want to be able to use all the cheap and varied tooling in 3.175mm.

It seems to be a ploy to make you buy expensive bit's from places such as TechSoft.

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