Thread: Double sided machining
I'm starting to think ahead to projects that I may build in the future on my DIY MDF cnc machine. I will at some stage want to make something that is double sided - the software side I can work out on my own easily enough, but I'm having a little trouble working out the hardware side of things.
How can you ensure the best possible alignment for double sided machining?
Are there any alignment approaches or stock mounting methods that can help?
I can see a lot of room for error in this, so any info would be very helpful.
Assuming the centre line of the jig is zero'd correctly, so flipping the work over retains the centreline accurately then machining will be coincident on both sides.
Thats a great start - thanks....simple too.
I just need to work out how to set the zero reliably & accurately now....any pointers on this?
In all cases you need some way of bringing your cutter back to a known, fixed, starting point... or some way to calibrate it to a known point. This is where homing switches are useful but how useful depends on the accuracy you are looking for.
On a milling machine you rarely rely on the table location but zero off to the workpiece using a rotating edge finder tool in the spindle.
In this case you'd zero off to the jig... jog to the jig edge util the tool gives a zero indication, then set this as a known value in Mach3 or whatever the software you use. Repeat on the other axis.
I've just done a bit of searching into edge finders - that looks like the way forward, I'd not heard of these before.
I can't seem to find a 6mm or 1/4" one though - they seem to be 10mm or larger...more googling required I think.
Crafty Geek, edge finders are also known as wobblers or wigglers these come in smaller diameters.
Only other thing to realise is that depending on what axis you flip the piece on, then one of the cutting axis will be a mirror image!
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