Sunday, April 3, 2016

Mill: Z-Axis Way Cover

I had some extra way cover bellows left over, so I took a piece of aluminum L channel, cut it to size, notched it, and mounted four neodymium magnets on one side. On the other side I mounted the extra bellows. The magnets secure it in place under the mill head and the notches keep it from sliding from side to side. The bellows only cover the Z axis directly below the head, but since that's generally the part in line with the milling it should protect it fairly well.

The aluminum channel showing the notched portion and the magnets.

The bellows in place on the mill head. You can also see the shim used to align the two portions of the head.