Combined with our intuitive Bantam Tools Milling Machine Software, the Bantam Tools Desktop CNC 4th Axis Accessory is a beginner-friendly accessory that enables you to expand the capabilities of your Bantam Tools Desktop CNC Milling Machine, mill more complex parts, and maximize your potential to solve problems. Getting familiar with the components of the Bantam Tools Desktop CNC 4th Axis Accessory will empower you to use your tool more effectively and develop a deeper understanding of 4th axis machining concepts.
- Bantam Tools Desktop CNC 4th Axis Accessory Pallet: This pallet sits on the Bantam Tools Desktop CNC Milling Machine’s pallet receiver. The headstock and the tailstock are attached to this pallet.
- Headstock: Located on the left side of the Bantam Tools Desktop CNC 4th Axis Accessory, this assembly consists of the chuck, chuck dial, chuck mounting base, 4th-axis stepper motor, and drive belt. This assembly is not meant to be moved because it is factory-aligned at Bantam Tools HQ.
- Tailstock: Located on the right side of the Bantam Tools Desktop CNC 4th Axis Accessory, this component can be adjusted. The distance you set the tailstock assembly up from the headstock will depend on the length of your stock.
- Tailstock handle: This handle is used to adjust the tailstock live center spindle.
- Live center: This pointed tip works with the chuck to hold your stock in place and it rotates in the same direction as the chuck. Be careful, the tip of this component is sharp.
- Chuck: This three-jaw chuck is where you center and clamp your stock into place.
- Chuck Dial: Part of the chuck you use to tighten or loosen the jaws.
- Jaw: The three jaws located in the chuck of the Bantam Tools Desktop CNC 4th Axis Accessory are used to clamp stock into place.
- Chuck keys: Tools used to tighten the chuck. The Bantam Tools Desktop CNC 4th Axis Accessory comes with two chuck keys.
- Stepper motor: This black block is located on the headstock and moves the A-axis in clockwise and counterclockwise directions in precise steps or movements.
- Drive belt: Located on the headstock, this belt drives the movement of the A-axis.
- Gauge Pin: Similar to a probing pin, the gauge pin is a precise length and diameter that is used to find the centerpoint of the chuck on the Bantam Tools Desktop CNC 4th Axis Accessory whenever you install it.
- Tool touch-off block: Your tool performs a touch-off on this block to calibrate how much it’s protruding from the tool holder.
- 4th axis pigtail cable: This cable runs out of the stepper motor on the Bantam Tools Desktop CNC 4th Axis Accessory and connects to the harness cable that runs out of the 4th axis port inside the Bantam Tools Desktop CNC Milling Machine.
Note: We also have a guide on the Key Components of the Bantam Tools Desktop CNC Milling Machine.