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PaisleyPCdoctor
18-01-2018, 01:51 PM
I'm rebuilding the gantry on a 6040 cnc.

The x axis will have 2x 700mm hiwins (20mm) and ballscrew.

I was going to buy 20-25mm Tooling plate to build the gantry top section and probably sides too.

Any problems with using 5083 Tooling plate? I was originally going to use 6082 flatbar, milled.

My main concerns are flexing and avoiding weak tapped threads.

Thanks in advance for your time.

NB70
18-01-2018, 03:14 PM
Zapp Automation make their gantry machine from 5083 tooling plate.

Link: Zapp gantry machine (http://www.zappautomation.co.uk/machines.html)

You can also buy the tooling plate (http://www.zappautomation.co.uk/metals-and-plastics/aluminium-cast-tooling-plate-aw5083-novacel-4504-70-micron-machined-top-and-bottom.html) from there. That's what I am using for my gantry sides & z-axis.

Nathan

PaisleyPCdoctor
18-01-2018, 04:48 PM
Fantastic!
Was actually their website I seen the tooling plate on.

Thanks

I think zapp might soon be my new bestest friend.

PaisleyPCdoctor
20-01-2018, 06:05 PM
Nathan,
Could I see a picture of your cnc?