- May 20, 2017 at 6:45 am #34041
Seen it mentioned a few times now.May 20, 2017 at 7:18 am #34042
Headed to makerfaire right now. Its about 45min from the house. Can’t wait to see this and all the other cnc machines. Last year a company was there making ukulele parts on their cnc machine and they seemed to be stealing the show.May 20, 2017 at 7:39 am #34043
Headed to makerfaire right now. Its about 45min from the house. Can’t wait to see this and all the other cnc machines. Last year a company was there making ukulele parts on their cnc machine and they seemed to be stealing the show.May 20, 2017 at 9:48 am #34044
It’s open source, It can do magic as long as you’re a wizard!
That’s a clever design. I suppose if you had a spoil board behind, and you started cutting a bunch of chunks out of the plywood, you could just secure it with some screws, eh? My first thought was that the workpiece would have trouble staying upright once you cut a bunch of holes in it. I also wonder if there’s a decent way to cut something that isn’t sheet goods, like the end of a board, or carving in a live edge chunk of wood. My first CNC cut was carving “DANGER ZONE” in a 2×6 board for the table. Maybe there’s a jig that could handle some of that? IDK.
I don’t understand how the Z axis works, or how you can run without it. They said the third dimension was optional, does that mean you have to only cut out compete parts in one pass (with no holding tabs, either?) unless you pay more than $350?
I wonder if they are even using grbl or Marlin since they have some math between the X,Y and motor outputs. Although I think custom motor position equations can be configured in Marlin, right?
All in all, I hope there are some software tools that get developed that make the process easier and that they work with all the DIY CNC machines. I hate that they keep just adding more software to it. I wish they would have spent that energy improving CNC.js or making octoprint more CNC friendly or something. When I first tried Linux, I did it because I was cheap, but I stayed with Linux because of the software repositories that just made managing installed software, and avouding crapware so much easier. I don’t know how many of you will get that metaphor, since Linux isn’t that popular but…May 20, 2017 at 1:28 pm #34051
I think Norm was missing the spoilboard/work piece part. They were just nice enough not to correct him. If you look at the bottom, there’s a pretty good lip for holding the actual sheet of plywood you’d cut. The first version you had to manually index the bit deeper into the cut, they’ve since added a real z assembly.May 20, 2017 at 5:32 pm #34057
It’s kinda crazy, the little pulleys on the outside are being pulled by tiny little bungee cords. I figured a little weight might be on there to help out the motors a bit, Even if they don’t why not help them a bit, maybe they will last a bit longer. It’s just to take up slack.
The motor/gearbox/encoders are crazy small, cool system.
http://www.cncrouterparts.com/ was there and had 5 or 6 large routers set up. $4k-7k for the starter cnc’s
A crazy looking one called http://www.goliathcnc.com/. this one drives on the material so I see some issues with that but I am sure they have solutions. What if you pull parts out, want to cut the end, stuff like that.
Tormach was there, I think those were 20k+?
Printerbot came but no crawlbot.
Mimaki came with some of the most expensive looking equipment ever.
X-carve was there, but it was so crowded every time I came around I couldn’t touch it. There other cnc is crazy beefy, The nomad.
There was a super crazy 3060 Whatever the ebay ones are but it had like 1 in solid stainless supported rails and at least a 1″ ballscrew 1.5k spindle held by the top…for some odd reason. Extremely overbuilt for a machine with about a 8x6x3 build space, no price.
There seemed to be more cnc stuff than 3D printers.
There were a few companies from china there with some odd machines, converted 3D printers maybe.
Someone was there with 2 converted first gen mpcnc’s running lasers and a odd 8mm rod axis with the stepper for that axis on the gantry but he told me he didn’t like them and switched to Shapoko’s and a shop bot. We didn’t get to talk much. He had made his own laser software but doesn’t plan on selling it, I think he is just selling his laser cut parts?
One other company but I will make a separate post we talked for a long time.
Looks like the cnc wave is starting.May 23, 2017 at 10:28 am #34246
What did mimaki have there? I can’t believe they would be at maker fair.May 23, 2017 at 11:57 am #34248
They had a few 3d printers that looked like an objet I had at my old job, and maybe some laser cutters, variable surface printers, and maybe some sort of light duty mill.
I know of the price tag so I didn’t spend much time drooling on their equipment.May 25, 2017 at 8:22 am #34359
Here is the other goliath.May 25, 2017 at 8:27 am #34360
I wonder if that machine would benefit from the CAM doing things from one side to the other, so it doesn’t “paint itself into a corner”.May 25, 2017 at 1:14 pm #34379Here is the other goliath.<iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/i5h821pEA0Q?feature=oembed&wmode=opaque” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”” name=”fitvid1″></iframe>
Hahaha, I was just about to post that!June 2, 2017 at 8:30 pm #35006
Wayne A HogueParticipantI don’t understand how the Z axis works, or how you can run without it. They said the third dimension was optional, does that mean you have to only cut out compete parts in one pass (with no holding tabs, either?) unless you pay more than $350?
With out it you manually adjust it between passes for multi pass cuts. Its using a router as apposed to a zip cutter like the dw660. it has a smalltable if you will with height adjustment.
Their Z axis option They are connecting a small stepper to the routers built in depth adjustment knob.
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