Thread: Hello from Shropshire
Hello all... Thanks for the invite to UK based CNC forum..
I've recently completed a fairly Large Aluminium frame router (Cut area X,Y,Z = 1.8m x 1.4m x 300mm). 3 1/4 HP (2300 Wat) spindle, fastest cuts to date at rate of 3 metres per minute. Machine cost about 25% of what it would cost to buy a turnkey setup of this type. Was my first/only CNC project and ultimate aim is to adapt it into a machining centre. 3 axis at the moment but I have 3 rotary's waiting to go on there at some point to ramp it up to 6 axis. I designed and built the controller myself.. using motion control drives. I designed the mechanical aspects of the machine myself.. but let's face it it's like meccano.. so it's not exactly difficult. Think there are a lot of myths about CNC and what will and will not work. Proof of the pudding is in the cutting IMHO.. so I'm not much of a theory type. I've got a fairly complete build log up at CNCZone.. including full costings.. which might be of interest/use to people here.
I cut my own designs in wood... with a view to selling wholesale at some point.. but selling direct to public at the moment. Work I do ranges from Lapsteel guitars through to furniture and ride-on toys...will look at some work in Expanded PVCU at some point. I got into CNC through 3D modeling. I've used 3D Studio range of software for well over 10 years. I can make practically anything in 3D Studio.. I use Cut 3D or CNCToolkit to generate GCode.
Will be interesting to see if things take off here. Can be hard to make a forum fly... fingers crossed.
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Welcome to the forums Yohudi, i must say i'm liking the rocking horse looks really nice.
Why not post your build logs here, would be really nice to have some more posted up..Me
Serious congratulations. That's a machine and three-quarters! Oh sorry it's metric now, isn't it. That's a machine and 0.75!!!
05-08-2007 #5Originally Posted by CheekieMonkies
thanks for the kind words... have a few ride-on toys in the pipeline so will post pics of them when complete etc..
re the log at CNC zone.. it's massive.. loads of images etc.. would take ages to transfer it here. Will post any new info re my build here tho... adding rotaries when I can afford the machine down-time.. having said that Cut 3D lets me do a lot with 3 axis that you would normally need 5 axis to complete. The software slices the job up so that 3 axis can cut it etc
05-08-2007 #6Originally Posted by SirMorris
05-08-2007 #7flexibility of large cutting area is a real help
ok nps with the build log, you could post like 4-5 images just big jumps in the stages < :lol:.Me
Great machine bro and some nice work you have done congrats!! :D
09-08-2007 #9Originally Posted by Kammo1
Thanks for the kind words re the machine etc. As I say I'm better than happy with it really.. would encourage anyone building or thinking of starting to get stuck in to it, you won't believe how chuffed you'll be when it cuts it's first piece.
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