XYZ Carve - Aussie version of an X-Carve

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Post by BeJay » Thu Sep 24, 2015 9:19 pm

So it begins...

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Started construction of the 1000mm2 baby, will update when I get some time to finish it ;)
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Post by parkview » Thu Sep 24, 2015 9:35 pm

Awesome, I will be following your posts!

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Post by BeJay » Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:16 pm

Cheers Paul ;)

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Post by seaton » Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:08 am

nice one, will be following the build in anticipation

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Post by BeJay » Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:41 pm

Had some time today to wire up the steppers and move it. It's alive-ish. Need to finish the 240 wiring and fit a breaker etc. Such a lot of wiring to go and testing / calibration. Progress though.

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Post by parkview » Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:58 pm

Keep them coming! Love the over head camera shot. Is that a RPi camera?

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Post by BeJay » Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:27 pm

Hey Paul, yes it sure is. The same PiLapseCam I used at robofair ;) Today I managed motion!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiDYDhFJEls

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Post by parkview » Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:09 am

Nice one there BeJay!

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Post by BeJay » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:05 am

Here is a timelapse of opening the box to doing a test carve ;)

https://youtu.be/d8slG_Lr_ms

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Post by Jubbp » Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:47 am

Too cool!! :) :)

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Post by parkview » Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:17 pm

Loved the video there BeJay, well done. Great music track too :)

Early days yet, but any thoughts on adding a laser head to it?

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Post by seaton » Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:37 pm

Looking at the video you posted I'm impressed by the size of it. Might have to look at one when I eventually get my workshop.

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Post by seaton » Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:56 pm

Just think how much easier it would have been to make your PiCade :)

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Post by parkview » Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:14 pm

and how thick a sheet of wood can it cut? Say MDF or pine?

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Post by BeJay » Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:40 pm

Sorry I haven't got back to your comments, I've been flat out again.

Yes this is a big girl. I was going to get a 300x300mm but thought this would be much more versatile than just for doing PCBs (which is what I wanted it for). This is 1000x1000mm and can cut 790x790mm. The clearance is 50mm to the Z axis, but you need longer router bits (or extenders) to cut that far. The average cutting depth is around 18-20mm on a standard 1/8" bit. It cuts just about everything! I've tried Ply, Pine, Acrylic, MDF, but no metal yet as it does eat through the tools (bits). 400W is pretty good but I think you'd want to go up to 1.2kW if cutting anything harder than Aluminium.

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I also 3D printed a dust extractor tip:
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So now I've been fiddling with the "workflow" for this beast. It is so different to 3D printing, as you basically draw things in 2D with something vectorish like inkscape, and then add the 0.5D or Z depth by setting each cut or drill in a CAM program like makerCAM. So still a lot of experimentation to go before it's as easy as slicing in 3D printing! So once I've had more time to play with this (it's quite loud when carving, so no night use!), I'll post some more updates. Yes it would have been perfect to make the PiCade with, so now I have to think up more things to make!

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Post by parkview » Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:43 pm

Thanks for the feedback BeJay. Sounds like it's quite flexible. Love the vac attachment. Well done.

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Post by BeJay » Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:19 pm

Cheers Paul,

Here is my Vacuum adapter in action!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYwOtjnbP6k

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Post by seaton » Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:51 am

BeJay wrote:Cheers Paul,

Here is my Vacuum adapter in action!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYwOtjnbP6k


Nice one! Dust and Noise are the only downside to CNC, especially when living in a built up area, which is why mine is currently in storage...sigh

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Post by BeJay » Sun Oct 18, 2015 8:58 pm

Sure is noisy, but worth the risk when you can make pretty cool stuff out of everyday materials!

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Post by seaton » Sun Oct 18, 2015 11:53 pm

BeJay wrote:Sure is noisy, but worth the risk when you can make pretty cool stuff out of everyday materials!


Oh Yeah!!! :D

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