Albeit only momentarily, I made a new spindle mount to set my machine up for 5-axis:
But I cant think of anything to make with it :lol:
Clearly I need to drop the bed down (which is fine, it's adjustible) to get enough clearance.
I can also mount both rotary tables and the spindle on the Z-axis to get the spindle rotating in XYZBC configuration. May need some reinforcement. The reason I made my Z-axis have 400mm of travel is to allow sufficient clearance for future 5-axis machining with that set-up.
Unfortunately there's quite a lot of backlash in the rotary tables, which is difficult to eliminate, so it's probably only going to be useful for woods and plastics. Ideally I should make a BC mount for the spindle using harmonic drives (too expensive), or double worm wheels preloaded (generally annoying), or timing belts (struggling to find info on how much they will stretch). But is it really worth it?
around ball in a square block??
a bust of Santa
a set of wind turbine blades ??
the list goes on
Quite recently I've made one wind turbine blade (580x120mm)
Ahh nice one!
Perhaps the photo is deceiving me, but it looks like you have set the airfoil at the same angle along the whole length of the blade? It should be twisted ... look at the oncoming wind and the speed of each point, radially, on the blade as vectors and the angle between those vectors plus the angle of attack is the angle you set each cross section at. I also offsetted the leading edge to obtain a taper, so the chord at the end of the blade is centered about the root. This was my first attempt before I made the CNC router, so done on the mill in 4 operations, plywood:
Then I did an MDF mould about the same length as yours and made them with fiberglass...which you've already seen. It's so much better, try it!
1.5m blades coming soon...
4 axis would make it faster as you could use the side or, with 5 axis, the end of an endmill for the finishing pass. But I'm not sure it's really worth it? Would look good though!
Since I'm going to make moulds for the blades, not the actual blade, the surface is concave so I would still have to use a ball-nose cutter. 4/5 axis allows the cutter to be kept at a constant angle to the surface, which should allow it to cut faster as it avoids using the centre of the ball nose cutter.
I may someday consider to make the proper ones and raise some wind turbine:whistling:,but those damn stupid permissions- can spoil whole fun of hobby engineering:sad:.
I'd like to make them fiberglass ones, but wooden ones sanded, dyed and high gloss lacquered- pure beauty- I could keep then in livingroom and enjoy their stunning look
I have HV6 from WARCO and it looks like for me Jonathan have the same one :), /or all them can be generic ones with different names. Anyway I don't complain about mine so far. I just come back from the garage after exercising dividing plates, (46 tooth timing pulleys- 1 full turn and 22 holes@23 holes dividing plate, enough to make my hand sore :whistling:
http://www.warco.co.uk/rotary--compo...ry-tables.html) says SOBA on it, and also has 4 slots whereas the vast majority of vertex have 3 slots.
Whether it matters or not depends on what you're using it for.
It's not cranking itself , but pulling back handle to unlock is painful as the spring is really strong- too strong.
My rotary has 4 slots and fits nicely to four mounting holes in a chuck
How about programming rotary table- looks like hand written G-code for me.
What about making some macro with some loop working until machine cut desired amount of tooth???? some no. of tooth variable in a macro??
Have you decided what your going to make with your 5-axis yet Jonathan
James and Luke
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