DIY CNC routers/mills thread

Discussion in 'Hobby Engineering' started by Dorz, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. aokman

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    Anyone got a BF46 mill? Looking at ordering one with ball screws fitted and motor mounts supplied
     
  2. HorrorLand

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    A mate has one and also local hs, whatcha wanna know?
     
  3. aokman

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    Thanks for the reply, just wanted some feedback on its tolerances and repeatability of it. I started off looking at the BF20 but decided on the more stout model due to some complaints about the tolerances in the ways etc and runout.

    I would love to just get a 2nd hand Bridgeport to be honest but it won't fit through the garage door :lol:

    Even the BF46 is going to be a mission to move and lift
     
  4. GumbyNoTalent

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    boards arrived today from pcbway.
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  5. HorrorLand

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    Sorry mate, he has an account here but hasn't had a chance to log in yet! As far as I know he likes it although the main reason he got it new was convenience eg they delivered.
    I'm after something tiny myself for that reason maybe a hercus miller
     
  6. ericks

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    Making progress, i have been using the 6040 to make parts for the new machine. Hope to have it completed before end Feb 2019:)

    frame5.jpg testing.jpg panel18.jpg zmotor.jpg
     
  7. Soc

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    Ericks: That bracket looks great. What material is it? It's almost shiny!
     
  8. ericks

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    Thanks....its the z-axis motor bracket made from aluminium
     

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  9. PheonixV2

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    I'm currently in the design phase for my own CNC mill, it's going to be about 800x500 on the x-y table but right now I'm selecting the electricals.
    What control boards are people using? I'm thinking I'll have to go with a MACH3/4 compatible board like either a smoothstepper (ethernet or USB) or a PMDX
    I've got a decent sized budget so no option is a bad option
     
  10. mick41zxr

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    Running Centroid Acorn with good results. Have run Mach3 with ESS for decent results in the past.
    I have smoothstepper system idle here if your interested.
     
  11. PheonixV2

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    I'm definitely interested, thank you, I'll have a look at the Acorn system as well, thought from a first glance it seems like it has to run it's own CNC program?
     
  12. ericks

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    All the best with your build:)
     
  13. ericks

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    My machine is finally starting to look like a cnc router...
     

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    Been thinking about this again... any ideas?
     
  15. underskore

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    I know it's a bit of stretch but if anyone is interested in buying an old Multicam with a work area of something like 4000x1500x100 with a basic t-slot table feel free to PM me for more details (my employer is going to be getting rid of one shortly - quite possibly for a bargain)

    I wouldn't wish it upon anyone as a production machine as the controller is not exactly reliable and I think there's a bit of a bow in the frame/table but the spindle, vfd(inverter?) & z-axis ballscrew are all good as far as I know.
     
  16. ericks

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    Where are you located?
     
  17. underskore

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    The machine is in 3803
     
  18. ericks

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    Thanks:)
     
  19. ericks

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    Finally the first test cuts with the new machine:)
     

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  20. underskore

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    looking good, must feel great to start spinning up your own build.
     

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