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Lathe Tachometer

Feat. Arduino Micro & OLED

Lathe Tachometer
Here’s a non-invasive, all electronic add-on to display the running speed (rpm) of your lathe or milling machine, be it CNC or vintage. It’s state of the art—witness the use of an Arduino Micro board and a .96 inch OLED display for instantaneous readout. The little instrument also has a clock displaying the equipment running time.
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Component List
R1,R5 = 390Ohm 5%, 0.25W
R2,R4 = 10kOhm 5%, 0.25W
R3 = 270Ohm 100Ohm 5%, 0.25W
R4 = 22kOhm 5%, 0.25W
C1,C2,C3 = 100nF 10%, 100V, 5mm pitch
C3 = 10nF 10%, 100V, 5mm pitch
IC1 = 78L05Z
LED1 = LED, yellow, 3mm
LED2 = LED, 3mm, color t.b.d., optional, see text
MOD1 = Arduino Micro, Farnell/Newark # 2285194
S1 = pushbutton, PCB mount, 6x6x9.5mm
SV1 = 8-way pinheader receptacle
K2 = 4-way pinheader receptacle
K1 = 9V battery connector clip + wires
Reflective Optical Sensor, like TCRT5000
Monochrome 0.96” 128x64 OLED graphic display, Adafruit # 326 (UG-2864HSWEG01)
34-pin DIP socket for Arduino Micro (DIY from SIL pinheader receptacles)
PCB # 130470-1

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