Any UK MPCNC owners?

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  • #78140

    DaveW
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    Yes certainly quite a few different things to learn than 3d printing,

    I found I needed extra speed for my old possibly blunt 6.3 and 12.7mm buts to cut Douglas Fir and also I needed to keep the depth to 0.5mm.

    My newer bits are smaller 3mm so will try slowing down again as you suggest to see if the increased sharpness or smaller size allows them to work ok at my slowest speed 9000 rpm.

    #78141

    Mitch
    Participant

    Hi James

    Thank you for the kind words.

    My dust shoes is very effective

    I hope it is self explanatory, The main vacuum hose connects to a dyson. the air from the Makita Clone is not diverted. The 45mm hole below the spindle is that size to produce a venturi effect and also to reduce the amount of suction between the shoe and work material. The spring as very light tension and just holds the shoe base down with minimum force.

    With the dyson running there is zero dust and debris escape. It moves around very nicely and stays perefctly attached to the work material…..

    Having just finished the vacuum shoe, im thinking of designing something similar for my forth coming laser module, but think it will be drawn through an activated charcoal filter.

    regards

    I have to ask. Are the STL or step files available for this attachment? I would like to take a look at these and possible make them work for a Dewalt or possibly a 4000 Dremel depending on how Christmas treats me.

    #78142

    S Sauntson
    Participant

    I have to ask. Are the STL or step files available for this attachment? I would like to take a look at these and possible make them work for a Dewalt or possibly a 4000 Dremel depending on how Christmas treats me.

     

    Hi Jame,

    I have never thought about the .stl files as they were drawn and made for my specific project. the shoe was started as a mish mash from here

     

    No arm in asking I guess

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    #78147

    Mitch
    Participant

    I like the theory and it being spring loaded. Its a proven design so adopting it to a different tool setup seems like it would be worth doing. Thank you very much.

    #78162

    James Donnelly
    Participant

    Hi Stuart,

    I think you got me mixed up with Mitch 🙂

    I do love your dust shoe though.  Like all your stuff, the print quality looks top notch too, so nice work there too!

    #78187

    Lénaïc
    Participant

    The spring as very light tension and just holds the shoe base down with minimum force.

    Are the springs useful ?
    You use bearings along the rods so the gravity should push it down, and when the Dyson runs, it should press it against the material, right ?

    #78197

    S Sauntson
    Participant

    The spring as very light tension and just holds the shoe base down with minimum force.

    Are the springs useful ?

    You use bearings along the rods so the gravity should push it down, and when the Dyson runs, it should press it against the material, right ?

    Hi

     

    No it is designed to produce the minimal downforce due to suction.

     

    regards

    #78578

    S Sauntson
    Participant

    Evening Gents

    its been alittle quiet in here recently. I have an apology too make. The .stl file I posted for my Makita Clone mount you will notice was removed. Reason being after I ran it through a 3d program it was not my miss mashed one, it was the original with the MPCNC Version 1 Mount. I didn’t get round to posting as the boiler failed in the house along with the Emerson heater thermostat going AWOL, as these things happen when the weather cools. It was hotter outside the house than in…. So we closed all doors and I didn’t venture into the office in the 3rd floor, APOLOGIES.

    I will find the correct file and post it soon….

     

    Following the new boiler install yesterday, I have today sat at the computer and adjusted Ryans Ramps 1.4 firmware to run the TTL 5v+ from pin 44 with GND. After reflashing and testing I can confirm the voltage is fully variable using the M106 S255 & M107 S0, giving full power and power off. I then tested using S127 (50%) S68 (25%) S34 (12.5%) etc etc etc.

    Just waiting now for Royal Mail to deliver my laser. Everything else is ready. Track17 shows the laser has made it through customs and as been released to RM, hopefully arrive this coming week.

     

    regards

    #79146

    DaveW
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    Inspired by Stuart’s dust collector made my own modified version attached to the center brackets.

    Works well in initial tests – absolutely no dust left behind from thin ply. The only problem is that the vacuum cleaner is even more noisy than the router!

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    #79159

    S Sauntson
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    DaveW Sir

     

    I like that very much and your tubes look awesome.

     

    I can’t find the one I made and I have no reason for it. I alway, or usually put my designs into one folder. Unless it as been put into another folder by mistake. Hopefully it will come to light soon.

     

    News from east anglia, the Laser arrived yesterday and has been attached. Alittle more wiring to do tomorrow if the connectors arrive. Did a two second test today and made some smoke…… And the right kind lol

    Pictures too follow…….

     

    regards

    #83500

    PaulC
    Participant

    Hi Guys,

    Finally got things printed “random colours” I know! wired, downloaded Estlcam and plotted the crown, looks good so far.

    Guess I better build a table and screw things down, tidy up the wiring and try some trickier stuff.

    Cheers

    Paul

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    #83518

    S Sauntson
    Participant

    Nice one

    #88515

    S Sauntson
    Participant

    UPDATE

     

    Gentlemen, I have finally found the drawings for my sliding shoe as detailed above. I have compacted them into a zip file, attached

    Router-Sliding-Shoe

    You will also need to purchase some 8mm OD Carbon Fibre Tubing and appropriate Springs

     

    ENJOY

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    #95958

    Derek Whittaker
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    Good afternoon….

    i have decided to take the plunge and started to put together my list for my MPCNC build.  I am am from Swindon, on the Wiltshire/ Oxfordshire border, in the UK; trying to bolster the UK chapter membership. I am due to partially retire in next few month so will have time  on my hands to indulge in some of my hobbies.

    my big problem is the 3D printing, which I was thinking about out- sourcing to a 3D printing service, but thinking about it, is that something that Ryan would object to?… all rights fully acknowledged….

    Anyway, I have followed Stuart’s build with interest, and looks like you are heading down the road of exploring laser cutting/ engraver which is probably the same route I will find myself going.

    I have to say this does seem one of the real friendly forums, and absolutely full of tips , hints and help.

    Having looked around the MPCNC does feel as though it is a genuinely accessible build which can be done by most people at a very reasonable cost. Thank you Ryan, for the opportunity to join in with this.

    DW

     

     

     

     

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    #96181

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    my big problem is the 3D printing, which I was thinking about out- sourcing to a 3D printing service, but thinking about it, is that something that Ryan would object to?… all rights fully acknowledged….

    Because of the license most places should not actually print them, If they do even with shipping I tend to be less expensive. It is a lot of printing.

     

    Having looked around the MPCNC does feel as though it is a genuinely accessible build which can be done by most people at a very reasonable cost. Thank you Ryan, for the opportunity to join in with this.

    High five!

    #96199

    S Sauntson
    Participant

    Good afternoon….

    i have decided to take the plunge and started to put together my list for my MPCNC build. I am am from Swindon, on the Wiltshire/ Oxfordshire border, in the UK; trying to bolster the UK chapter membership…………..

    my big problem is the 3D printing, which I was thinking about out- sourcing to a 3D printing service, but thinking about it, is that something that Ryan would object to?… all rights fully acknowledged….

    Anyway, I have followed Stuart’s build with interest, and looks like you are heading down the road of exploring laser cutting/ engraver which is probably the same route I will find myself going……………………

    I have to say this does seem one of the real friendly forums, and absolutely full of tips , hints and help…………………Thank you Ryan

    DW

     

    Hi Derek and welcome

    I totally concur, Ryan did an awesome job with this project and it truely is an easy and enjoyable build.

    Please feel free to contact me directly and we can chat about the build

    Regards

     

    Stuart

    #98679

    Hi all,

     

    Thought I would post my half way build post here as I’m in Cambridge UK.

     

    Looking forward to the painful learning curve of my ultimate goal , which is producing an aluminium part.

    Perimeter tubes are 25 x 3mm 304 stainless and the x/y/z are 25 x 1.5 304, printed in E3D PLA+,  300 x 300 x 80mm work area.

     

    Thanks to Ryan for the design and the vast amount of community support (especially us cnc noobs).

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    #98702

    S Sauntson
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    Hi all,

    Thought I would post my half way build post here as I’m in Cambridge UK

    Hi and Welcome.

    I am in your part of the world and live near Hardwick. If you need any assistance, just let me know and we can meet up and exchange ideas, I have mine fully working although slightly larger than yours.

    I guess that sounded quite wrong.

     

    Welcome and regards

    Stuart

    #98721

    I have mine fully working although slightly larger than yours.

    Story of my life 🙂

     

    I appreciate the offer, by the sounds of it you’re a fair bit further along than I am, so any advice would be appreciated.

    Plus it would be nice to talk to someone who doesn’t look at me vacantly when I tell them I’m 3d printing a cnc machine, the other half has learnt to make a reasonable job of feigning interest in my hobbies, but its not the same.

     

     

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    #98722

    S Sauntson
    Participant

    Nice one.

    i know what you mean, I use my 3D printer most of the time and really enjoy designing, drawing, printing and amending all kinds of parts for my RC Jets, Aircraft and multi rotors.

    I really enjoy using the MPCNC and you will see from this thread I have also added a Laser diode.

     

    Let me know when you’d care to hook up and if you need any help. Just ask

     

    regards

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    #98848

    Will do, I’m hoping to get the mechanical side finished this weekend, possibly wiring, if I can hide from the wife and kids long enough.

    Is there a PM function on this forum, I couldn’t see anything other than Public Message?

    #98912

    Bill
    Participant

    Is there a PM function on this forum, I couldn’t see anything other than Public Message?

    The software supports it, but Ryan has it disabled due to some SPAMy issues that showed up when it was last on.

    #98930

    S Sauntson
    Participant

    Is there a PM function on this forum, I couldn’t see anything other than Public Message?

    unfortunately not, if you wish to get in touch use my surname in Skype or I’ll get a disposable email address and let you know for untitled contact

     

    regards

    • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 2 days ago by  S Sauntson.
    #99012

    Derek Whittaker
    Participant

    well.. I have assembled my bits for the MPCNC.. and now having partially retired should have a bit of time (subject to the other half’s chore list) to finish off the printed bits and start to assemble.. I have a MKS Gen L board by Makerbase. Does anyone have experience of using it. It seems very versatile with lots of additional facilities (some I will never use). I will have to do a search of the forum..I am sure that ot must have been used.  I was also thinking of fitting it with a touch screen rather than the standard one.

    Anyway, first thoughts must be to clear a space in the garage and work out how big to make it..and put together a decent table for it.

    Good to see a few from UK here. As said before I am in the Swindon and so appear to be a little away from the Cambridge “cluster”.

    Will Keep You postedDel

    #99060

    S Sauntson
    Participant

    Hi Derek & Welcome

    It as only been recently that a small group of the MPCNC community have got together from the UK, you will find lots of help and assistance around.

    I personally used a MKS Gen v1.4 Board from memory like this

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    it was very easy to setup and I have a 3.2″ TFT touchscreen with custom Startup Screen.

    I also added Z zeroing as well as the usual Makita Chinese clone Router and a 5500Mw diode laser. During the build I designed and installed a custom vacuum shoe which as been a god send and keeps the work space clean and tidy

     

    The MPCNC works very well if you treat it with the respect of a hobbyist grade CNC requires. Don’t push it too far or fast and it can cope with many kinds of protects and it just as much fun as a 3D printer to see working.

     

    welcome and regards

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    #99110

    Derek Whittaker
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    Hi there. Thanks for reply, and the board you pictured is very similar to the one I shall be using. I like the idea of the touch screen , and note you can get a choice these days on the size. It’s intresting the custom screen, I will no doubt have a dabble and see what I can come up with, but it’s good to know someone has some experience to..perhaps.. call upon if I get get stuck.

    like you I will be putting on Z zeroing, and also looking at work edge detection ( I will probably mill my own alignment tool from aluminium block). I saw something that will make the adjustments and ensure cuts align square to the work piece, making it easier for any set up, so I will be looking at that as well. Experience on the 3D printer has shown that you need and easy setup….

    i have been watching the forum, and following the enhancements being suggested by the very helpful members. It looks a great machine to get started with,..thank you Ryan for making it so accessible and open.. but it’s always amazing to see ideas for improvements.

    i will definitely keep an eye on the forum, and off course the little corner of which is UK.

    regards

    Del

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    #99187

    S Sauntson
    Participant

    Nice one Del.

     

    From the information I have gleaned, when milling parts from an aluminium block, two things spring to mind

    1, Depending on depth of the part, the MPCNC may not have enough rigidity.

    2,  Use very slow movements and don’t try and mill to forcefully.

    Im sure others will be around soon who have more experience than I.

     

    regards

    #100310

    Dave K
    Participant

    Did you write your own TFT customization?  Or is there one “out there” someplace for the MPCNC?  I have one to try out on my MKS Gen L version of the MPCNC, but would prefer to start with an existing interface if something is available.  (Currently running with the simpler graphics display)

    Also, have you tried the WiFi that these TFT displays support? I’m wondering what functionality that offers,  if any.

    #100357

    S Sauntson
    Participant

    Hi Dave

    Here are the instructions to customise your start screen.

     

    regards

    #100479

    Derek Whittaker
    Participant

    hi there again…

    Yes as to regards the touch plate, I am dropping down to my local Makerspace and using their Bridgport milling machine. Sorry but I have no intention of using the MPCNC for metals, although I am sure it can handle (with a bit of care and decent cutters) some of the lighter work.

    On the Makerspace bit, it is something I have recently discovered. A group of like minded “gadgeteers” that have some great facilities that they are willing to share as part of membership. My local one has the usual 3D printers (3 different ones), a small laser cutter, a great electronics bench, lathes, planers, table saws..etc etc. all available 24/7. In fact now thinking about it, I might finish setting up my MPCNC down there, it has the space and I can call upon the plethora of skills if I need to.

    I understand there are Makerspace groups around the UK and believe one of them was showcased on the gadget show recently.

    Anyway, I will keep you informed and … as always.. thank for the tips and information. I am always on the look out for the new and great ideas.

    Del

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