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    Hello everyone,

    My name is Gilad, i'm 30 and i work as a software engineer.
    for the past 6 months or so iv'e been working on this project mainly for educational purposes.
    the machine was designed to mill hard and soft metals while being light and graceful enough to be run in my apartment:)

    Technical stuff
    - 20mm Hiwin linear rails on all axis
    - 20mm/10mm pitch C7 grade ballscrews and bearings on all axis
    - machined parts (incl the base) will be Al 7075 T6
    - milling head: 8000rpm ATC BT30 90mm spindle, 1.8kw AC servo
    - Y axis Al profiles are Item's 120X120mm heavy variant
    - X axis Al profile is item's 160X80mm heavy variant
    - gantry and side profiles will be filled with epoxy granite
    - motion servo's X4 nema34 clearpath servo (CPM-SDSK-3421P-ELN)
    - max travel 800X330X290mm

    i'm gonna keep this thread updated with the latest images and videos of the build so stay tuned.

    the machine:
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    Quote Originally Posted by giladv View Post
    i'm gonna keep this thread updated with the latest images and videos of the build so stay tuned.
    Deal
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  4. #3
    Hi Gilad and welcome to the the forum, It looks a nice project. How about a link to the spindle? I will be following with interest
    ..Clive
    The more you know, The better you know, How little you know

  5. #4
    thanks!
    it's skyfire's BT30
    http://skyfirecnc.com/picshow2.asp?id=14

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    Quote Originally Posted by giladv View Post
    the machine:

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    Hi,

    I am sure it's going to be a nice machine but based on my experience I'd suggest making some changes before it's too late.

    My frame was originally similar to yours but I had to remove those wheels because of shaking caused by the G-forces. A fast machine with heavy gantry and Z movements will generate far too much shaking even if all the four wheels are locked. I changed my design, moved the wheels and the machine is now lowered to the floor on four wooden blocks, efficiently reducing vibrations and shaking. The wheels are still there but they don't touch the floor and gets lowered when the machine needs to be moved.

    I assume your machine is going to be much faster than mine, considering you are using servos, so it would be a shame if you had to lower the speed and acceleration just to prevent the violent shake, so consider this before it is too late.

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    @A_Camera, you are absolutely right, also i wouldn't be able to level the machine with the wheels.
    i thought about a hybrid solution of using 2 wheels at the back and 2 anti-vibration legs at the front for stability.
    there will also be corner brackets all around.

    could you share an image of your solution?

    thanks!
    Last edited by giladv; 24-07-2017 at 10:44 AM.

  8. #7
    hi Clive, thanks!
    i used the BT30 spindle from skyfire
    http://skyfirecnc.com/picshow2.asp?id=14

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    Quote Originally Posted by giladv View Post
    @A_Camera, you are absolutely right, also i wouldn't be able to level the machine with the wheels.
    i thought about a hybrid solution of using 2 wheels at the back and 2 anti-vibration legs at the front for stability.
    there will also be corner brackets all around.

    could you share an image of your solution?

    thanks!
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    There is really nothing to show. The machine is resting on four wooden blocks and the wheel is suspended by about a millimetre or two. If I need to move the machine I lift one end, remove two of the blocks, lower on the wheels and do the same for the other two feet. This gives me enough clearance to move it around. I think four steady feet is better than two with wheels.

  10. #9
    Nice work so far. Can you show the detail behind the Z axis top covers. I'm guessing servo drive via belt to the top of the ATC spindle pulley?

    Also, are the gantry ends just covers, or machined from solid (!)

    I've looked at that skyfire spindle many times before and been very tempted. Let us know how you get on with it.
    Last edited by routercnc; 25-07-2017 at 06:07 AM.
    Building a CNC machine to make a better one since 2010 . . .
    MK1 (1st photo), MK2, MK3, MK4

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    Quote Originally Posted by routercnc View Post
    Nice work so far. Can you show the detail behind the Z axis top covers. I'm guessing servo drive via belt to the top of the ATC spindle pulley?

    Also, are the gantry ends just covers, or machined from solid (!)

    I've looked at that skyfire spindle many times before and been very tempted. Let us know how you get on with it.
    Ive also considered the skyfire spindle. I may pull the trigger on one and report back.

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