Thread: StrikeCNC Machine - My Retrofit
Its a resin and fibre mix called Valchromat. Like a cross between solid surface and MDF.
Machines brilliantly, is moisture resistant, easier on tooling since the resin acts as a lubricant and is 30% more dense than MDF. Takes paint finishes exceptionally well and drastically cuts down the amount of prep and finishing needed. I've attached a shot showing a machined edge with no finish pass. You can't see a hint of step down and there's no furring up like MDF.
Its replaced MDF for me on critical parts such cabinet walls. Sadly its around 4 times the price and you can only get it from specialist wood yards so unless your luckily and have one on your doorstep then that will likely mean shipping it which isn't cheap unless you make it worth your while and buy a large quantity.
Nice job, what is it you're building?
Edit: A Google search found some interesting projects you have planned. I'm a audio geek too.
Last edited by IanS1; 08-02-2013 at 11:54 AM.
Great job, nothing better than cutting parts for yourself, especially with all the hard work involved to get the Strike going.
It also makes me want to get a CNC machine rather pronto, if I only had the time...
So are you doing a custom speaker build business now Ant, or is this for yourself?
What software are you running for CAD / CAM?
I'll be bringing out a speaker with traditional plywood cabinet soon, but a modern take on the damping and drivers.
These are for an enthusiast based in Hong Kong and yes and no. I've been doing design work for others for some time now but not specifically building anything. What they'll do is go take the part files and have them machined or build themselves. The CNC will change that though and I've got 3 solid designs I've been perfecting for the last year. Once this project is done I'll be focussing on those again.
Going back to the designing for others, I've done some quite interesting one's. Probably the coolest was an impressive OB line array based around 4x 21" Precision Devices subs in a Ripole, 8" Dayton Fullranges and BG Neo 10's with Mundorf AMT's held in a suspension system that had virtually no baffle. Attached is an image of this design.
For software I use Solidworks and SolidCAM.
Very impressive indeed. One of the reasons for my eventual machine build is the future potential for building speakers but for now it's mostly for machining Aluminium to build cases for CD Players, Amps, DAC's etc.
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