You can also get an acrylic (t-glase) from them - have a look on http://taulman3d.com/
PLA is still a useful material even though it's not the toughest available - I've made a laptop stand from it and various bits for the kitchen - custom hooks for ikea cooking implement racks, plate racks for a cupboard, kitchen roll dispenser etc. Oh, and parts for the next 3d printer :-)
Thats the good thing of the CNC retrofit, combining additive and removal in one machine. You can build the part and later machine its surface. That's a big big saving. 20 kg block of plastic versus 1kg of material, for example. Which is cheaper?
And i have held some parts from a good print and honestly i was impressed by their strength. And i am not that easily impressed. I like breaking stuff and i couldn't
At the end all is art. Its not automatic. But once you have it, all stuff that goes out from a machine is strong and beautiful.
The problem is that delamination is not tested with your hand. Among others things, I am designing and assembling 3D printers and there are numerous cases when the part had to be redesigned and made beefier in order to sustain the mechanical stress. In some cases the thinner part showed unacceptable wear during testing; in other cases it happened after the machine worked for a while and the stress broke through the part. As a side note, in particular elastic filaments such as NinjaFlex and nylon are very hard to delaminate as the object is also elastic, but that's a different story.
However, I am not the debating type, if you consider that 2 layers that have a too small contact area cannot be delaminated, that's ok.
It seems you may know then better than me. My impressions were as you said, just trying the material with my hands. I have never done extensive tests. One thing is clear though, that of course the part should be beefy, compared to normal one. I have more experience with stereo lithographed parts and most of all PolyJet-ed.
As i said its an art. At least when you have all good set up, you can start to reliably test and play until you have it figured. Having unreliable setup will further complicate or even make perfection impossible.
Yes, that is also true, printed object are amazingly tough. First impression usually is that you can tear it apart with your hands, but a well printed part won't go down easily. However, in very many assemblies plastic parts will join against metal parts. If you don't factor the forces pushing against that plastic part and you size it as a metal part for example, you stand a good chance to get it delaminated. A good strategy is to design and print the part so that the force pushing against it goes the other way around, squeezing the layers together, instead of working against them. It obviously is not always possible, sometimes because of the shape of the part, sometimes because there are multiple vectors pushing against that part and you can only satisfy one or a couple of them.
Anyway, on topic, before adding 3D printer capabilities to a CNC, one should also check that the machine can sustain decent travel speeds, main reason being oozing during non-printing very slow moves.
MY X and Y cnc Axis will travel at over 2000mm/min. My Z = 1800mm/min without stalling. Hope this is enough
Anyhow, If this is a success I plan to build a separate / much lighter machine for the 3D printer hardware I have. I am using my existing CNC now, to keep costs down.3 axis CNC/router / Alu profile frame....25mm Alu Cutting bed X=500mm Y=300mm Z=110mm.....Supported 25mm X rails ....Supported 20mm Y rails....Supported 20mm Z rails.....2.2kw Chinese WC spindle......"USB Breakout Board Interface 200KHz"....M542 Drivers..SY60STH86-3008BF Motors...running....Mach3 / Cambam / Emachineshop.
Being belt driven, 3D printers usually move faster. But than again, don't worry yet, it pretty much goes down to what size your printed object has. A very large object will mean longer distances during travel moves, while smaller objects require short distance moves. Also, nowadays slicers can use various toolpath strategies such that using already printed areas from the current layer (when possible) for traveling moves, hence minimizing the ooze - the already printed area from the current layer being at the same height as the nozzle and acting as a plug.
I have managed to change the motor settings to X = 7000mm/min . Y= 3500mm/min and Z = 1800mm/min
Last edited by dudz; 18-01-2015 at 03:41 PM.3 axis CNC/router / Alu profile frame....25mm Alu Cutting bed X=500mm Y=300mm Z=110mm.....Supported 25mm X rails ....Supported 20mm Y rails....Supported 20mm Z rails.....2.2kw Chinese WC spindle......"USB Breakout Board Interface 200KHz"....M542 Drivers..SY60STH86-3008BF Motors...running....Mach3 / Cambam / Emachineshop.
Y axis has a different screw lead, or is it because of the weight that it has lower maximum feed?
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