I need to know if it is possible to turn a domed pulley for a belt grinder on a CNC by using the chuck to hold the work piece and lock the tool in the vice?
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I don't see any reason you couldn't do that. I have seen video of people cutting threads that way. The only thing in question is whether your mill is large enough to handle the size of the workpiece. If the part you are cutting is smaller than the largest cutting tool you would use in your machine you are probably fine.
The bigger the pulley (work piece) is the more doubt there is. If you take very light cuts you might be able to get away with bigger parts.
Since I wrote my last reply I have remembered that I had done something similar in the past (although a smaller diameter). I held a boring bar in my machinist vice to cut an internal #1 Morse taper into a shaft. I held the shaft with a collet (rather than a chuck) since the shaft was a standard size and precision ground.
I made a tiny boring bar and clamped it in my toolmakers vice. The vice has a v-grove to keep round objects (i.e. my boring bar) straight.
Here is a link to a video someone else did on cutting external threads using the mill as a lathe. I have always y thought this was really cool bu I don't have a sensor on my spindle speed and don't really have a need to do this type of cut.
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