Sherline has taken its P/N 3700 manual 4″ rotary table and applied a stepper motor mount with dampened coupling in place of the handwheel. The mount accepts a NEMA #23 frame size stepper motor for CNC control. This allows the table to be used as a 4th axis with CNC systems that have the capability to drive a rotary axis.
This table is also available as P/N 8700, which includes a stepper motor and a self-contained CNC controller for use as a stand-alone CNC indexer.
NOTE: We are stating the following weight limits for our rotary tables for continual use.
- Horizontal orientation—50 lbs.
- Vertical orientation—30 lbs.
- Vertical rotational torque—6 foot/lbs. (meaning it can lift a 6 lb. weight when suspended 12″ away from the center of the rotary table)
The rotary tables can hold more weight when they are not under a continual load. Click on the Video tab above to see examples of different weights and uses for our rotary tables.
NOTE: CNC-ready machines cannot be operated manually until stepper motors are installed.
Sherline’s rotary table offers an accurate, stable platform for rotary laser marking applications. Its compact size makes it a good fit in small enclosures. See this YouTube link for a video of a Sherline CNC-ready rotary table in use in a laser marking application on a round part, illustrating the difference between trying to mark on a round part without rotating it vs. rotating it. The video is from Jimani Inc. Laser Marking Systems who use a high-speed motor to drive the table. A Sherline chuck holds the part. A second YouTube video from Jimani shows a typical round part marking operation from start to finish.
NOTE: Because components of the table are ground as a set during production, the P/N 3700 rotary table cannot be upgraded to the P/N 3700-CNC version later on. A new rotary table with stepper motor worm housing must be purchased.