February 16, 2019 at 10:51 pm #89438
first of all, I’d like to thank Ryan and his ‘crew’ for sharing all this. I have been reading through all the documentation and many posts. At first, I thought to add some modifications and build some hybrid of mpcnc and lowrider. But the longer I have been reading and thinking about all this it got more an more clearer how well designed everything is – so changing things will most probably make it worse 😉
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But first things first:
I spend yesterday building the table. I recognized that I could use 2 concrete walls, which should add a little stability to the table.
So, now I’m at hitting ‘order’ for the stainless steel tubes and ‘print’ on the printer; but I’m still a bit unsure… I plan to have 120x70cm working area, and this could be OK for the foam parts but too large for the MDF moulds I plan to mill. On the other side I think: try it out, if it is not ok I could then decide to resize the machine and build an additional lowrider 😉
1 user thanked author for this post.February 17, 2019 at 9:51 am #89478
I’d like to thank Ryan and his ‘crew’ for sharing all this.
Which now includes you!February 17, 2019 at 4:30 pm #89566
I plan to have 120x70cm working area, and this could be OK for the foam parts but too large for the MDF moulds I plan to mill.
Just loosen the corners and end of axis and move them all in closer when milling the smaller designs. Only go out to the ends when you need to cut the big foam.February 18, 2019 at 12:41 am #89634
loosen the corners and end of axis and move them all in closer when milling the smaller designs.
Ah, this is an interesting option!March 16, 2019 at 9:55 am #93390
Here is the mechanical assembly finished
It took some time, as I had to replace all bearings, as the fist set was real crap. I ordered new ones, now everything slides smoothly.
I already added the large spindle. A friend of mine strongly influenced me taking the larger one because of the collet size. I’m not so sure; I think I should have taken the 800W version. I could finally align the spindle vertical adding som extra small spacers in the mount. Should work.
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It is looking very nice so far. With those stainless steel tubes I don’t think the larger spindle will be a problem, unless you try to move everything really fast.March 17, 2019 at 12:16 am #93424
Yes, the stainless steel tubes a quite rigid.
I was a bit disappointed at first because the roundness is not so good:
put a micrometer gauge bottom up and rotate the tubes: the difference is about 8/10 mm. Quite large.
This non-roundness however is constant along the tube -> sliding along results in variations of about 1/10 only.
I was afraid that the spindle will hang through in the mid of the working area, but the effect is not so large (I decided to build the smaller machine).
I plan to add mid-span supports when the electronics works.
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