This is what I think I would need machined to take the bearing blocks at the drive side. The top pic shows whats there and the bottom shows what I think I need.
As there is not enough material, I would need to chop the current machined end off and weld a new one in to give me the material I need for the new design.
This is how I have machined my ballscrews before as my lathe aint up to the job of machining the hardend casing off. It makes the maching a lot easier anyway and as the welded on blank is oversized when it is turned down in the lathe it brings itself concentric with the screw.
Something like this for the bearing block?
Its a little smaller than the recommended block but I doubt it will matter too much for this router as I am only looking get something in there that will work relative to the limits of the rest of the machine.
Last edited by gavztheouch; 12-01-2013 at 03:16 PM.
From the pics of motor with screw then there is a bit screw left with enough room for a nut so just thread the whole lot then grind flat spot for coupler screw, you may have to machine a new coupler or a sleeve.? . . . Sure it could be done easier than welding bits onto screw.!!
That bearing block from zapp would do nicely. You could fit one either end of the screw on the inside faces. All you would need to do is machine down the shaft to fit the bearing and they would still be long enough to fit back on.
I had one (sold it) with the trapezoid screws on it. From the way that They make their set up you should have just enough to put that FK block in on the inside and if you got an FF block as well for the other end you should be able to get rid of the play with the grub screw and a bevel washer or two (someone correct my spelling of those please). That or you could go with an angular contact bearing on the free with said washer and grub screw. Good luck on getting it to cut better, If that is the model with the unsupported round rails on Y you might want add a plate across that back to improve rigidity.
He has changed design a little bit over the last 4 years, depending on which year model depends on what needs to be done to make it work at anywhere near the capacity that they state it can. Let's just say I was not overly impressed with my machine and the work I had to do on it to get any where near accurate cutting from it, compared to what I was told it was capable of. Hence the reason for the machine I currently use.
Hi Michael, my machine is around a year old. It has hiwin profile rails on the long axis and unsupported rounds on the other two. Ballscrews on all three axis.
In soft plastic and foam it is really accurate and I can get rapids of 3000mm/min pretty easily and smoothly.
Its really only with harder materials it begins to struggle, luckly I have had quite a lot of work given to me for prototyping in soft plastic which has made the machine pay its way.
I don't know if it is worth modding the machine to be able to process hardwood, I could keep it solely for softplastic and modelling foam. But if I could do it with as little risk to ruining the orginal machine as possible it may be worth the risk and effort.
I think the easiest way to achive this would be a ballscrew support/fixing block from zapp, and to mount this on the side that is not driven. This would mean buying to blocks at about £35 each plus modding the ballscrews. Total cost about £100 and two days work.
Out of interest which machine are you running now Michael?
Digging a little deeper I noticed the ballnut for the x-axis is simply pressed into the extrusion, it looks like friction is the only thing holding it in there.
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