Thread: Ready Steady Eddy
Eddy - I'm looking to build a steel-framed machine and yours looks like a great candidate for stealing the design! I am looking for a slightly larger cutting area although I don't think enough to make any significant difference. Before I start, do you have thoughts on what you might do differently if you did it again?
The only thing I would do different would be to make sure the ground was level that the welding was going to take place and I would not weld the 10mm plates to the bottom of the top beams because it warped them like a banana, I would bolt them to the beams instead with a thicker plate inside to beef up the 3mm wall thickness of the box section.Spelling mistakes are not intentional, I only seem to see them some time after I've posted
I had to strip it down a bit today because there was still a BK and FK bearing to sort out, both had bearings in facing the same way and no grease, made shims, greased, reassembled.
More progress, ready to order some energy chain and start wiring and I'm very pleased the panel is already built.
Limit and home switch for Z axis, there is one switch and two strikers. For the home switches I mounted a piece of 6mm thick mild steel to aluminium angle to act as the target.
Motor mount for Y axis
limit switch and adjustable striker for Y axis, there's another striker at the other end of the gantry, so one switch with two strikers.
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Eddy I would move that bottom switch as the swarf and resin builds up very quick around the bottom of Z axis and you'll be cleaning it constantly.
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Also with Z axis why would you need a Limit on the down because often the bed is the limit and it just stops. Most Z axis only have limit switch at the top so put it at top.!
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Thought I'd have a play with other stuff while waiting for the energy chain to arrive.
As I'm a hoarder I've had an old TV wall bracket in the attic for years, it can be extended out quite a long way and swivels side to side. As it is, the keyboard can be accessed easily from each side of the machine and from the front.
The wireless MPG has magnets built into the back allowing it to 'stick' to the panel.
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Very nice set up Eddy. I assume the keyboard and monitor swing around to the side so you don't have to lean over the bed to get at them?
Looks like you are into woodwork as well, if I'm not mistaken that's a Jet 16" drum sander in the background. I'm planning on making a drum sander once the CNC (and workshop) is built. It'll probably turn out to be cheaper to buy one but where's the fun in that.
Looking very smart Eddy !.Me
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