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  1. #1
    Hi
    Well my cnc 3040 which i order at the weekend has arrived,it was posted on Monday and i was told it would be with me in two to three days so 10 out off 10 for delivery as I live in Belfast it usually takes an extra day but not this time
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    I would have to give it 10 out off 10 for packing
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    Now the fun starts setting it up(fingers crossed)

  2. #2
    The service has certainly started well - super quick delivery and well packed. I look forward to finding out how it works. good luck. G.

  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by GEOFFREY View Post
    I look forward to finding out how it works
    It'll be brilliant
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  4. #4
    Here is the video



    I have fitted the stepper motors but haven't switched it on yet. is there anything i should cheack before i switch it on??
    Last edited by Lee Roberts; 09-01-2014 at 02:39 PM. Reason: Formatting

  5. #5
    Read the manual then get her fired up. Used within it's capabilities it might work fine, it will be interesting to find out.

  6. #6
    What sort of thing do you hope to make with it?

    I know poeple will be looking at the unsupported rails, the leadscrews (not ballscrews), and assumed low performance drivers in the controller, but I'm sure for engraving and light wood cuts it will be lots of fun and it get you into the hobby.

    In terms of setup I would expect it to be fairly plug and play.
    Building a CNC machine to make a better one since 2010 . . .
    MK1 (1st photo), MK2, MK3, MK4

  7. #7
    I hope it will work on 3mm thick oak and 3mm phenolic board nothing to heavy but i might try some aluminium but iam not bothered if it didn't work on the aluminium

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregor View Post
    I hope it will work on 3mm thick oak and 3mm phenolic board nothing to heavy but i might try some aluminium but iam not bothered if it didn't work on the aluminium
    Absolutely Don't try cutting aluminium with this machine has you'll kill the spindle within hours not days.!! . . . . The spindle is the weak link on this machine by far.!
    The rest is So so Ok for light duty engraving etc but if pushed remotely hard it's life will shorten quite quickly.! . . . . . Good starter machine to get you going but must be run well within it's limits to avoid dissapointment and premature failure.!

    Edit: Very light engraving on aluminium will be ok but would only do this for short periods and keep the cut depth low.!
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    Thanks for the advice jazzcnc I don't really do Any aluminium work, I have it all hook up and I have an old dell laptop I have had from 2002 loaded with mach3 , I might switch it on tomorrow night but might be away working for a couple off weeks waiting on phone call .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregor View Post
    Thanks for the advice jazzcnc I don't really do Any aluminium work, I have it all hook up and I have an old dell laptop I have had from 2002 loaded with mach3 , I might switch it on tomorrow night but might be away working for a couple off weeks waiting on phone call .
    It's not recommended to use a Laptop with Mach3 and you may very well run into problems. The energy saving features built into laptops processors interfear with mach3's Parallel port driver and you could get all sorts of strange happenings. It's for this reason Artsoft state Laptops not supported.!!

    It may work but most likely not and could be very unstable so if it does and you get Odd things happening or Locking up then it will be this not the machine.!

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