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    I saw this on the 'tube today and after reading all the build and design threads on here I thought it might be interesting to those builders.

    This is built with 1/2" steel box frame and is every bit as good as a production unit...

    https://youtu.be/b-y03hhCCME

    I would love one of these.

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    We should consider that he used a VMC-15 to machine stuff for it and has what we might consider an unlimited budged though ;-)
    You think that's too expensive? You're not a Model Engineer are you? :D

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    Yes, also worked for Haas ;) And built it in 8 weeks!

    BUT, at the end of the day, it is made from steel box, HiWin rails and ballscrews - stuff we play with all the time.

    I think it just shows that basic stuff can build seriously good machines.

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    He was a founder of FADAL, not Haas ;)

    And it's not quite bog standard steel box. IIRC it's a high tensile cromoly steel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davek0974 View Post
    I think it just shows that basic stuff can build seriously good machines.
    One of the key ingredients was was the budget, another was a VMC big enough to make major parts, and to face up and square the mounting points on the weldments.
    I don't think the workshop facilities he has can really be included in "basic stuff" ;-)
    You think that's too expensive? You're not a Model Engineer are you? :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_c View Post
    He was a founder of FADAL, not Haas ;)

    And it's not quite bog standard steel box. IIRC it's a high tensile cromoly steel.

    My bad ;)

    I still thinks its a cool machine though, yes he used big machines to build it but then we could send a frame out for machining to big company - it's not that expensive.

    Yes the steel is cromoly but that is available.

    The motion was bog-standard HiWin though, most likely with pre-load etc but still HiWin.

    He just copied a production machine and scaled it down, but it proves it can be done without throwing three hundred tons of steel at it ;)

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    If we all had the same resources he had our machines would be better, mine was built using a micro mill less than 500 new with a 100 conversion and no previous experience. His workshop and his budget I would have built a better machine than I did and in your case I would guess your mini mill would have grown and had that 4k ATC spindle.

  10. #8
    Don't get me wrong here, I think what we have all built or are contemplating building here are simply fantastic, what I am trying to say is that the frame for his build probably did not cost that much, yes he has a whole lot of bells and whistles added but at the core it's just an L-shape steel box frame and I would wager that it could be done a lot cheaper than his and still get the results as the design is sound and shows that mass is important - his bed must weigh a fair bit alone.
    :)

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    Agree with Dave 100%.
    The basic frame isn't anything special and easily with in anyones grasp given realistic budget and determination. The main difference I see is the fact he's got inside knowledge of how Pro machines are built and full access to fendors that can spec and provide the bells n whistles. Being a millionare doesn't hurt is task either.!!

    Give me 12K and I'll build something to equal or better it.!!

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    Give me 12K and I'll build something to equal or better it.!!
    Would that be Lira if so I will take you up on it
    ..Clive
    The more you know, The better you know, How little you know

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