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  1. #11
    Thanks guys, the wealth of knowledge on here is great.
    My cnc is going to be 100cm x 75cm c beam construction. I intend to cut wood, acrylic and some aluminium with it. At this stage, the aluminium cutting will be to cut bulking blocks for the stickmaking world. Anything else will be ideas that come into my head at a later date.
    As stated it will be run by nema 23's 425 oz 3amp motors x4 with8mm threaded rod. I can't say it's going to have a hard life, but that's just my thoughts at the moment. Once built and working, my thoughts and practices may change.
    I plan to use a MacBook as my computer for the cnc. This I think will necessitate using a USB breakout board. Are there any particular boards suited to the USB side of things and as I'm heading for USB, was looking at chilli pepper as opposed to Mach 3/4.

    Thanks
    Mick

  2. #12
    As stated it will be run by nema 23's 425 oz 3amp motors x4 with8mm threaded rod.
    Threaded rod and cutting ally don't go together very well
    ..Clive
    The more you know, The better you know, How little you know

  3. #13
    What would you suggest, as that's what come with the mechanical build. I thought at least that's a step up from the belt system!
    Mick

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by Cobey3289 View Post
    Thanks guys, the wealth of knowledge on here is great.
    My cnc is going to be 100cm x 75cm c beam construction. I intend to cut wood, acrylic and some aluminium with it. At this stage, the aluminium cutting will be to cut bulking blocks for the stickmaking world. Anything else will be ideas that come into my head at a later date.
    As stated it will be run by nema 23's 425 oz 3amp motors x4 with8mm threaded rod. I can't say it's going to have a hard life, but that's just my thoughts at the moment. Once built and working, my thoughts and practices may change.
    I plan to use a MacBook as my computer for the cnc. This I think will necessitate using a USB breakout board. Are there any particular boards suited to the USB side of things and as I'm heading for USB, was looking at chilli pepper as opposed to Mach 3/4.

    Thanks
    Mick
    8mm threaded rod, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!! My reprap used that for a drive lol this is not reprap territory.

    get ballscrews, get a free PC with a parallel port ask on forums and then you can use a 5 breakout board and linuxcnc with the money saved you pay for the ballscrews.

    it'll cost ~250 for 4 ballscrews and fittings for this size.

    I think you're better off belt driving than threaded rod, you can do a belt and pinion setup which will be a lot better I'm sure. Just google it there's a few setups out there.
    Last edited by Desertboy; 27-01-2018 at 09:59 AM.
    http://www.mycncuk.com/threads/10880...60cm-work-area My first CNC build WIP 120cm*80cm

    If you didn't buy it from China the company you bought it from did ;)

  5. #15
    Hi Clive,
    That's tr8 lead screws not threaded rod, my mistake.
    Mick

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by Cobey3289 View Post
    Hi Clive,
    That's tr8 lead screws not threaded rod, my mistake.
    Mick
    still lead screws are only 50% efficient ballscrews 95%

    That means 50% of energy is lost to friction! It just doesn't make sense anymore to use them for our application.

    Where they work well is using really big ones for lathes, etc. Where ballscrew prices are prohibitive.
    Last edited by Desertboy; 27-01-2018 at 10:16 AM.
    http://www.mycncuk.com/threads/10880...60cm-work-area My first CNC build WIP 120cm*80cm

    If you didn't buy it from China the company you bought it from did ;)

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by Cobey3289 View Post
    Hi Clive,
    That's tr8 lead screws not threaded rod, my mistake.
    Mick
    Mick starting to appear you are a classic case of the internet searching leading you up the wrong path.
    In the early days of DIY CNC components like ball screws and good off the shelf drives etc cost lot of money. Things have changed massively and now the cost is down to sensible figures we can afford.

    Now it's very easy and we see it all the time that new builders find old build's which used components like Tr8 and even threaded rod and all sorts of DIY methods and follow this route. Unfortunatly often they are sadly dissapointed and waste lot of money.

    So my advice is to take a step back do little more research and ask any questions you may have no matter how stupid you think it may be.
    UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES BUY ANYTHING Until your sure it's correct for your build.

    For instance, all the previous info regards Voltages drives etc to achieve best speeds is mostly irrelevant because the limiting factor to speed will most likely be the Tr8 and everything that comes with it not the voltage. So you would have wasted money building PSU etc that's much more than needed.
    Said this many times that machine is only as good as it's the weakest link and for a great machine you need components which are well matched to give balanced machine.
    Trying to save money only costs you money when comes to CNC, so don't try cutting corners because will only regret it.

    Suggest you start build thread if you haven't already which shows your design. Then ask any questions there. If we can see what you have in mind it's easier to advise the correct components or approach.
    Last edited by JAZZCNC; 27-01-2018 at 10:35 AM.

  8. #18
    Hi jazz,
    Seems like a total re-think is in order.
    Just off the bat then, having already purchased the nemas and drivers (already en route)! What would you recommend for the rest of the kit to complete my 750x1000mm . I have c beams already, may need to add to this to adapt to ball screws etc.
    Thanks
    Mick

  9. #19
    Where do you guys get your kit from, as it seems like ooznest is the most popular place for purchases?
    Mick

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    Definitely a rethink needed! I doubt if many people on this forum buy anything from Ooznest, for example. I don't want to sound as if I'm knocking anyone, and I'm sure that the Ooznest machines will do most of what is claimed for them (i.e. allowing for all advertising hype!). However, whether they will do it particularly accurately, fast, with a decent surface finish, or for very long without frequent adjustment, is more open to question.

    A couple of UK suppliers of the more specialised kit for CNC building are CNC4YOU and Zapp Automation, both of which sell decent quality kit with a decent level of service as well. People like KJN will sell aluminium extrusion for frame building, and you can use rather better quality guide rails and drive systems from the first two I mention. However, a lot of people go direct to China, e.g. via AliExpress, but you do have to know a bit more about what you are looking for. That's where help from folks on this forum can help immmensely, so you buy the right stuff first time.

    As suggested, post a proposed design as a build log, and wait for comments. Don't be too upset if you are told to start again - it will be advice based on past experience, and will help avoid disappointment. For a bit of background, read Desertboy's build log as he has significantly changed direction since he started based on advice from here, and will have a much better machine as a result.

    Good luck - people genuinely want you to succeed, and we all had to start somewhere.

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