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Turn scrap metal into a functioning lathe

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This is a group of lathes that were in good condition, originally. But after a fire accident, they all became scrap metal. Our team utilized lathe-remaking technology to repair the lathes' broken components. Moreover, we added a computerized control system with professional tools and restoration techniques, which not only raises their machine precision, but also "revitalizes" these wasted lathes into numerically controlled machines, achieving the goal of Green Electronics.

 
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Step 1: Dissemble the lathe's components

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Step 2: Examine and test the components after dissemblance to confirm the degree of damage

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Step 3: Spray primer over the lathes' surfaces

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Step 4: Use an angle grinder on the lathe beds and work benches

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Step 5: Drill holes with the bench drill

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Step 6: Grinding and aligning the lathe bed with the work platform

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Step 7: Use dial indicator and levelling square to test the combined accuracy between lathe bed and carriage

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Step 8: Restore the computerized electric controlling system of the lathe bed

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Step 9: Wire up the lathe bed

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Step 10: Adjust the lathe bed's computerized electric controlling system

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Step 11: Assemble all the components after restoration

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Step 12: Test the lathe

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Step 13: Spray lacquer on the lathes

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Step 14: Demo video of the lathe remaking process

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