Thread: Vacuum table Setup Advice
If got lots of same to do then do the same but with permantent fixture jig with toggle clamps and holes already in to accept threaded bolts.
Standard stuff really and not complicated or timely.!
meh still not as good as a vacuum table ;-)
haha if only...
I like to do thing properly first time, sometimes DIY just isn't good enough.
ive got a tormach touch probe, z height setter, tapmatic tapping heads, threadmills the lot. I like to just do it properly
DIY vacuum might be a bit more tricky, but I don't see how an expensive high quality vacuum system overcomes the biggest resetting issue which you have already mentioned in passing. What's all this nonsense about clocking each piece? Clamp down the spoil board, then use the router to drill holes for locating pins. You'll surely do something like this with a vacuum hold-down? After that, it's difficult to believe that toggle clamps are much slower than vacuum. The difference in cost could go to some really nice cutters, which might even reduce the cutting time by more than the difference in clamping time!
How well do you think your standard vacuum system would do with holding this down with so many cuts and a deep depth of cut.?
Last edited by JAZZCNC; 10-09-2015 at 08:05 PM.
is that your machine?
suppose I could do something like that, I just like datrons way ;)
I then cut assured that the parts arn't going to slip and slid lossing accurecy or worse still get embedded into my neck when they Vacuum alone decides enoughs enough.!!
Horses for courses really. Vac is great for thin parts with no holes or large parts with few holes. Small with lots or large holes and it quickly becomes not funny.!
Anyway think i've said all that's to be said so hope you make the right choice in end so your wallet is stress free.!! . . . . . .. If not then you really have got too much money. . Lol
im very grateful for your help
Dean,very illustrative video, that's exactly how i work also. With the addition that when i have pass through profile and holes,sometimes i fix below a 3 mm sacrificial expanded plastic board . The board is not needed when routing wood or plastic, only for aluminum, cause for the aluminum the bit should go a bit in the sacrificial board for a clean cut.
Andy, as for repetitive parts like the panels example, if they come in cut shapes or as i do some hundreds of same pieces, the best solution is to make a custom vacuum fixture. Its not a great deal, simple to make once you know the principles involved and is very useful. Much better than universal table. You once align the fixture and then go.
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