Of course, the diamond engraving points have a 3 mm shaft that doesn’t fit in the 2.5 mm Collet Pen Holder, but making a hole bigger isn’t much of a problem …
Commence by drilling out the collet closer nut:
The hole didn’t start out on center and I didn’t improve it in the least. A touch of the lathe bit and a little file work eased off the razor edge around the snout.
The knurled ridges at the top are larger than the threaded body, which requires a shim around the threads to fit them into the lathe chuck. Start by cutting a slightly larger ID brass tube to the length of the threaded section:
I finally got a Round Tuit and ground opposing angles on the cutoff tool ends, so I can choose which side of the cut goes through first. In this case, the left side cuts cleanly and the scrap end carries the thinned slot into the chip tray.
Grab the tube in a pair of machinist vises and hacksaw a slot:
Apply a nibbler to embiggen the slot enough to leave an opening when it’s squashed around the threads:
Put a nut on the collet threads in an attempt to keep them neatly lined up while drilling:
Drill the hole to a bit over 3 mm in small steps, because it’s not the most stable setup you’ve ever used. Eventually, the diamond point just slips right in:
Reassemble in reverse order and It Just Works:
Now, to scratch up some acrylic!
9 thoughts on “Modifying a 2.5 mm Collet Pen Holder for a 3 mm Diamond Engraver”
Lesser man would probably turn down the engraving bit shaft :)
Thought about that, realized I couldn’t possibly keep the thing concentric, took the easy way out!
Why does it need to be concentric? It’s not a rotating tool, is it? Any runout would just end up as a little offset.
As part of this adventure, I discovered rotating diamond engraving tools, but this ain’t one of them, so concentricity doesn’t really matter. I don’t know what kind of holder I’ll end up with, either, so I’m surely being too fussy.
But I do know this: if I turned it down, the point would snap ten seconds into the first engraving run, whereupon I’d have to turn down the other tool. By embiggening the collet, I can feed it a steady stream of standard diamond tools!
Makes sense… I was reasoning diamond tool vs plastic equals indestructible, but now you pointed it out, a video of me stupidly snapping a 90° carbide chamfer tool replays in my mind in 4k quality :)
I’m mildly surprised the thing remains un-dropped after a week; I know it would maneuver around the carpet scrap I’m standing on and hit the floor diamond-end downward.
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