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  1. #1
    Hi Everyone,

    first let me say that I'm a total noob compared to you all but willing to learn if you guys advise me.
    I have already bought parts based on recommendations from this forum and have the design in my mind and hopefully will state all my plans here. I'm sorry I'm not a pro in using cad programs so I can't show you any designs but that's something I'm planning working on.

    My extent of experience in CNC machines is building up a shapeoko2 (upgraded to 1x1m) with stock parts, though that machine is doing well for what it is, I wan't to make my own rigid machine.

    My main aim is to be able to cut guitar body parts from wood like alder,maple,basswood etc.
    Being able to cut alum/acrylic/plastic for projects would be a big plus, and achievable I imagine.

    based on my requirements I decided on this size as I don't see me needing more than that work area (even less) and would happily trade the extra size for more precision/accuracy,stability and rigidity.


    this is just a placeholder, will post more

    Thank you!

  2. #2
    Hi Noplace

    Download Sketchup; its free

    there are LOADS of videos all over youtube showing you how to do everything... bit of patience and you'll get there

    you'll be so pleased youve learnt it aswell.. its so useful for so much other stuff


    keep us posted...

  3. #3
    Good luck with the build, always makes me nervous when someone posts that they've bought parts and they've not posted a design for all to critique....

    With regards to drawing, Sketchup is free and good for playing about so you can see how things might go together.
    Neil...

    Build log...here

  4. #4
    Thanks for the Sketchup suggestion, I have dabbled at it before but ill give it a more focused go now.

    I kinda thought that buying parts before design is frowned upon here, but I really didn't have a choice unless have to wait until I Become good in designing software, but I had no patience for that and was eager lol.


    Material/Parts so far:

    • 2x HGR 35mm Rail : 1000m & 2 x 35mm Bearing Block, Square
    • 2x 40mm x 80mm T-Slotted Extrusion : 1000m
    • 2x 80mm x 80mm T-Slotted Extrusion : 600m
    • 4x 40mm x 40mm T-Slotted Extrusion : 600m
    • Assorted brackets, nuts and screws for the above
    • 2x 1610 Ballscrew : 900mm & 2x Housing Bracket
    • 2x BK12 & BF2
    • 2x Flexible Coupling Coupler 6.35mmx10mm shaft
    • 2x NEMA 23 Stepper Servo Motor Mount Bracket
    • 4x SY60STH86-3008B Nema 23
    • 1x Leadshine EM806
    • 1x C35S - QUICK SETUP BREAKOUT BOARD (C35S)
    • 1x RPS608 Power supply


    Once I get all the items I will lay them out and take photos of how I plan on building and hopefully you guys could contribute on any required adjustments

    you would notice I still didn't buy anything for the gantry as I have still not designed it (in my mind lol) and have to procure the side plates which I really need help with.

    I'll get more drivers once I configure the first one, would need help with the wiring with the power supply,is it enough to drive 4 of them?

    Thanks!

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by Noplace View Post
    I'll get more drivers once I configure the first one, would need help with the wiring with the power supply,is it enough to drive 4 of them?

    Thanks!
    Probably not big enough for the job 10 amps would have been better, read this; http://www.geckodrive.com/support.html
    Now you have it I would give it a go and see how it performs.
    Last edited by EddyCurrent; 21-01-2015 at 10:21 PM.
    Spelling mistakes are not intentional, I only seem to see them some time after I've posted

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    • 2x HGR 35mm Rail : 1000m & 2 x 35mm Bearing Block, Square


    Now you have got me here. Quite big, don't you think? Normally 20 size is enough.


    By the way i have always wondered:what is the size router the guitar makers need? It seems you can clear that question now.
    project 1 , 2, Dust Shoe ...

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by silyavski View Post
    • 2x HGR 35mm Rail : 1000m & 2 x 35mm Bearing Block, Square


    Now you have got me here. Quite big, don't you think? Normally 20 size is enough.


    By the way i have always wondered:what is the size router the guitar makers need? It seems you can clear that question now.
    I chose that based on what I read from the product document, thought might be better take something better than to be sorry, would it cause any issues?

    as router I'm no expert but I know some are using ones like dewalt and bosch colt.

  8. #8
    Motors and driver arrived, just waiting for power supply and breakout board to test them out.

    Now the big questions:
    -what would be the ideal setting for the drivers? amps and microsteps?
    -whats the correct wiring for the motor and driver? series/parallel/other?
    -what type of connectors and cables should I use to connect motor and driver ? 18awg 8conductor? ethernet cables?? please point me to a site that sells good ones or is normal cat5/6 sufficient?

    edit: sorry I kinda felt dumb asking the last question, now I understand that the 8 wires from the motor would be paired so the cable should be 4 core as stated in other posts. and I guess ethernet is ok for connection between stepper driver and breakout board?

    however what would you recommend to connect the motor cable? straight up soldered into the long 4-core or connectors?

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  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by Noplace View Post
    I chose that based on what I read from the product document, thought might be better take something better than to be sorry, would it cause any issues?

    as router I'm no expert but I know some are using ones like dewalt and bosch colt.
    i mean the working area needed for guitar making ?
    project 1 , 2, Dust Shoe ...

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by silyavski View Post
    i mean the working area needed for guitar making ?
    guitar body blanks are around 482x355x45mm so I should have plenty of space, even for the necks but I think thats more advanced

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