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    Hi All,

    Its great to have such a community to be able to talk to. I'm 31 and i have never joint a forum before.

    I hope i can contribute as much as i will ask of you .

    First of all (TOTAL NEWBIE QUESTION), were can i get preexisting CAD files of components for my cnc router plan? Stuff like ball screws, rack rails, drive rails and so on?



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    You can get them for the hwin site and this place Have you decided on a cad program Fusion360 I think is free for hobby use and it also has CAM built in. There are plenty of tutorials about on the web.
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    Thanks for the info. It will be a great starting point.

    I've needed a project like this to finally make me learn a descent CAD program, and AutoCAD has been on my desktop gathering computer program dust for far to long :-)

    I've never heard of Fusion360. Will it run on a Mac? If it also runs CAM then it might be worth a look.

    Whatever gets my plans out to you guys faster the better :-).

    Best for now,


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    Fusion360 will run on Apple MacŪ OSŪ X Mavericks (10.9.5), OSŪ X Yosemite (10.10.5), OSŪ X El Capitan (10.11)

    I personally found it by far the easiest to use and learn from the many I installed.

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    Good to know. I will give it a try first thing in the morning.
    Last edited by Norgmonster; 07-06-2016 at 11:13 PM.

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    Most of you guys may know all about it but I have found a great resource of 3d CAD files on a site called The files are also available in a number of formats so they can be read by almost any program. only seams to support Solid Works.

    If anyone is interested then let me know what they think.

    My CNC router is moving along and i hope to have something to show you all tomorrow evening.

    Good night all,

    Last edited by Norgmonster; 09-06-2016 at 09:31 AM.

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    Hi All,

    I've been working all week so no time to post much.

    I'm learning Fusion and getting my design nicely visualized. In doing so i have come up with some questions:

    For my X, Y and Z axis I'm thinking to use Hiwin rails and blocks. What size blocks would be sufficient / not overkill for a R&P driven, 4x8 bed? I'm thinking 20 but would 25 be better? Also, as the axis gets smaller can the rails get smaller as well? For example, 25 rails on the x, 20 on the y and 15 on the z.

    Also, is it worth using a belt between the stepper motor and ball screw on the z axis to prevent backlash. If the stepper motor is directly driving the ball screw then will an anti backlash nut be sufficient seeing that the travel is only around 20 - 30cm?
    Last edited by Norgmonster; 12-06-2016 at 10:54 PM.

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    20mm rails seem normal on that size of machine. Overkill in terms of strength for the Z axis, but when you start looking at the Z design in detail you are probably going to end up with two parallel plates, one fixed and one moving. 15mm rails don't really give you enough room between the plates for a ballnut. Use 20mm and you will need to cut some clearance slots and pockets, but it's a much easier fit. Belt or direct drive won't make any difference to backlash in a ballnut (assuming that you use a decent quality coupling between motor and ballscrew) - it's only the way that the ballscrew is driven and backlash comes down to the quality (=price!) of the components you use which affects the fit between nut and screw.

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    Lives in Barrow in Furness, United Kingdom. Last Activity: 21 Hours Ago Has been a member for 7-8 years. Has a total post count of 588. Received thanks 65 times, giving thanks to others 86 times.
    The use of a belt between your ballscrew and motor can help prevent resonance in motor, so would include them on X & Y drive.
    Last edited by mekanik; 13-06-2016 at 11:52 AM.

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    Thanks Mike.

    I'm only using a ball screw on the z axis. I'll be use a belt with the pinion stepper motor mounting plate on the X and Y.

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