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  1. #1
    I saw the lack of decent draw slide builds on you tube prompted me to make one better than whats currently on offer on you tube so here it is... unfinished of course !!!

    cutting area should be 260mm x 350mm once finished



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    Last edited by Steel; 09-02-2017 at 09:15 PM. Reason: rotate photos

  2. #2
    ROTATING IMAGES

    @steel: "Again pics are rotating somehow when i upload them anyone got a fix for that ?"

    My way may not be the easiest way, but to fix this from the laptop I use an excellent and free product called IRFANVIEW http://www.irfanview.com/ and use function Image>Rotate Right (Clockwise) and then save the modified image, as I've found that the Windows Explorer function Rotate Clockwise/Counter-Clockwise is not honoured across different software apps.
    Last edited by AndyGuid; 07-02-2017 at 11:08 PM.

  3. #3
    Thanks Andy managed to rotate them in preview on the mac strange though as i rotated them 360 deg and there the right way up this time. !!

  4. #4
    Well thats day of your life you'll never get back.!!!

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    Just a few photos of the z axis, shafts are 12 from some old rear shocks from a car, bushes are nylon diy held down with u bolts
    Last edited by Steel; 11-02-2017 at 07:04 PM. Reason: add photos

  6. #6
    Just a few more photos of the z axis, i will fit the lead screw tomorrow if all goes well.


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    Last edited by Steel; 17-02-2017 at 08:10 PM.

  7. #7
    finished off the z axis today, i finally gave up on having supported bearings on the lead screw and mounted it directly to the motor as ill only be using this machine for wood/plastics it wont be a problem

    https://youtu.be/cj665WQhmYU

  8. #8
    So today I made some progress...
    I mounted x axis to the base
    I updated z axis face plate to alloy insted of ply
    I decided I didn't want the y axis motor sticking out the side so
    I mounted it inboard
    Im using my cheap ebay router

    overall Dimensions are as follows...

    Length of base 550mm
    Width of base 500mm
    Height overall 800mm
    cutting area...
    X 400mm
    Y 260mm
    Z 90mm


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  9. #9
    Sorry to sound negative, but you will kill that Z stepper very fast if you start using the machine. The screw seems to be hanging on the motor axis, which is a VERY bad idea, since the motor and the motor bearings are not designed for that heavy job. Same on all the other axes as well, but the Z is probably the most critical, and at least one end of the screw must be fixed. I also don't understand why use drawer slides. Those have just too much play and are not fit for the purpose. But OK, if learning is the purpose then fine, but considering the time you must spend on this, I am sure that real parts are better investment than parts which later on must be replaced, especially considering that replacing and squaring will be very difficult since you have welded everything possible to weld.
    Last edited by A_Camera; 01-03-2017 at 03:22 PM.

  10. #10
    Don't be sorry the world is full of negative people !!! the stepper bearings will cope no problem,I am using heavy duty draw slides as i wanted to build a machine that uses alternative components as much as i can

    Can you do me a favor and start a thread on your machine that way you can remove your links from my post and place them on your own post
    cheers Dave

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