Here are some photos and a video. Questions?:D
My CNC Plasma Cutting Machine and now Video
« on December 12th, 2012, 09:26 AM »
Great pics Jeff.:cool:
The clamp on nuts with the thrust bearings, did you have to tap those acme threads or cast them?
What kind of files are used for designs to be cut out?
fantastic Jeff. i have seen some of those photos but its good to see all of them ! :)
do you have any videos posted of that cutting???
and could you not mount a mill end on that with a motor to CNC some stuff?? (simple stuff)
good stuff Jeff!! ~Russ
Nice work Jeff.
I will study the pics and maybe borrow some design ideas.
It looks very sturdy, could maybe even be used as a mill?
Maybe i have to re-think my design, it would be nice if it could be used with a mill head as well.
I dont think my stepper motors and controller will handle the load from a mill head thoo, i think the controller is rated at 3.5 amps per motor.
I think im gonna use the "Mach3" software that was included with the controller.
Do you have any experience of that program?
regards /Janne Ström
i think i see that you use ( dont know the term for it in English, but im guessing "toothed rod")
for both x and y axis?
That is a nice unit Jeff. When you get ready to run a router, I would recommend MasterCAM or something equivalent to drive your tool paths. My Probotix unit came with MeshCAM and for simple engraving it is fine; for anything serious with pockets or if you want to fully control operations and their execution order you'll need to step up to something a bit more versatile. Unlike plasma or a 3D printer, you really have to think your tool paths out carefully or you'll for sure run into collisions with anything other than flat stock and even that sometimes the bit can't reach all the way in, which requires some thought and tool help.
The router I use with my Probotix unit is a Dewalt DWP-611. It has variable speed and LEDs to illuminate your work. I've only cut wood and plastic so far and for those the router is plenty powerful. My gantry isn't quite as sturdy as I would have hoped for so I have to slow my plunge rates way down to avoid cocking back the router upon entry. I'm told there are high speed bits available to machine aluminum with my setup but I'm a bit hesitant to try those yet unless it's really thin sheet.
Here are some photos. Questions?:D
WOW ! :DHere are some photos. Questions?:D
What a great Build. How long did this take you?
What worries me is the software integration.
What Software do you recommend ? From what I have looked at Mach 3 Seems to be a good Well documented choice for the Stepper control. But I don't Know about Slicing and Mesh and tool path stuff. I want to cut simple wood and Aluminum parts Mostly Outline stuff.
Maybe some relief profile stuff for making coining dies and general 3D printing for prototyping. What processing Cam Software am I going to need??? I Have a starting budget of about $350 for software. If there is different software for the CNC Routing and 3D Printing. Could you kind of explain the difference.
Also What Break out Board do you think Will be the best?
I have ordered a motor and driver to test.
Leadshine 86HS85 2-Phase NEMA 34 Stepper Motor with 1,204 OZ-IN Torque
Leadshine DM870 2-phase DSP Digital Stepper Drive with Max 80 VDC / 7.0A
motors and drivers for the Z Axis.
I haven't selected the drivers for the X & Y yet.
will probably use the same ones for X&Y if the Z checks out.