Thread: CNC/3D too ambitious?
Mark here from Ireland.
Im planing on building a CNC which I am later on planing to convert into a 3d printer.
Any ideas on how i should alter my design to suit both? My plan is to build one that has a working are of 50x50cm and the budget is around 1000-1500 euro.
Any ideas and recommendations welcome :)
I don't have any experience on the CNC side, but from a 3D printer perspective, it could depend greatly on what you want to print with it. PLA should be fairly easy but keeping the print bay warm enough for ABS at that size might be a challenge. The structural rigidity and accuracy I expect you're sticking in for the CNC side will be more than enough for any 3D printing (I'm assuming the generic PLA/ABS plastics for now)... it's a big old print area though :) lots to heat up!
the 50x50 area will mostly be for the CNC. I will get a smaller heated bed and mount that to the base for the 3D.
Yes that is what i am hoping also that if a CNC is accurate then it should be good enough for a 3d printer conversion.
I would think so. Like I say, I'm new myself to the CNC machining side so no experience there, but I've run a RepRap Ormerod 2 for over 12 months now and love it. You're not talking massive requirements in terms of resolution; your average layer height with PLA on a 0.5mm nozzle is around 0.24mm, with the first going down thinner at maybe around 0.15mm... so pretty easy resolutions for your Z axis to make. The X and Y are in a way less critical because obviously you're laying material down, so you're just trailing the filament out onto the bed or previous layer. The tuning is really to do with extrusion and axis speeds, temperatures and so forth, but again by CNC standards you're in easy territory... you're unlikely to push more than 40 to 60mm/s on print moves (depending a lot on nozzle size, temperature, material, etc)...
Last edited by brumster; 23-01-2016 at 09:46 PM.
I'm in the process of designing the 3d model of if... i shall upload and get some opinions and then i shall build :)
I can understand that, if you are building and XYZ mechanism, you might want to make it all things to all men, but you are running into areas of conflict with the different requirements of CNC cutting and 3D printing. 3D printing needs to be fast and light but CNC cutting needs to be robust and accurate. You will end up being none of these for more cost than separate machines unless you are some sort of engineering genius. Ask on the forum if anyone has done this dual purpose machine, but more importantly, ask them how it panned out.
Last edited by cropwell; 24-01-2016 at 02:42 PM.
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I'm still drawing out the model in CAD then i will do some simulations and upload here to get some feedback.
Hopefully with some better performing stepper motors i can achieve the comfortable speeds to do some 3d printing. (i'm not too bothered about the speed as long as it is not stupid slow).
Thank you for the input. I'm very happy that I joined this forum
With due respect to Rob, I have to say that my experience is that 3D printing needs much lower speeds than routing. My shockingly slow router will easily reach 900mm/min while my 3D printer seldom does more than a tenth of that - assuming that you are extruding plastic, you just can't get it out of the nozzle fast enough to need much higher speeds.