February 16, 2011
Since no one else has replied, I'll throw in my 2 cents.
Possible? Absolutely. For reasonable cost/effort? Doubtful. There are small lathes with this feature built in now days, but I'm not sure what the mechanism looks like. Probably the easiest solution would be to retrofit the newer style carriage to your current lathe, but the cost would probably be excessive.
You could rig up a stepper to the gross feed, but tying it in to sync with the leadscrew might be problematic.
I'm open to suggestions and interested in any solutions you come up with on your own.
November 29, 2013
Absolutely new to machining, but I bought myself one of those cheap Icanic Chinese lathes. It's ok for what it's worth, but it's a pain changing gears, and it only has auto longitudinal travel.
My question is, would it be possible to convert the cross travel to auto also...? Being electrical in background, I had considered something along the lines of a small motor tied to th manual feed operator....?
Any suggestions, ideas guys...?