New build in PA

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  • #31980

    Bob Swika
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    Hello,
    Got my MPCNC kit last week. I’m about 3/4 way through printing the parts. Went to Home Depot today and pick up some conduit and wood to make a table. Table built so now when I’m done printing and cutting conduit I have a home for the machine.
    Size will be “24 x 24″ x 4”. It will be used for milling and possibly a laser down the road.

    Bob

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    #31987

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    And so it begins….Exciting!

    My suggestion at this point is cut all the tubes and belts and things for the size you want but shrink the near and far axis (whatever you choose to label it) and get some cam experience on a very rigid machine and when you get some time under your belt then expand it if you need to. A small rigid machine is extremely forgiving to learn on. Expanding it later on should only take 30-60 minutes later on.

    Just trying to make it fun to learn on, there have been a few larger builds in here that seem to cause a lot of frustrations.

    #32115

    Bob Swika
    Participant

    I’ll take your advice. I sill need to decide on the router, looking at the recommended Dewalt, but thinking of initially getting it running with a pen. Thanks a lot,

    Bob

    #32503

    Bob Swika
    Participant

    Making progress, slowly but surely.

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    #32509

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Whoa, whoa whoa…you are building this to dirty up that shop space a little bit right? Looks like a doctor’s office in there it’s so clean. Don’t worry the MPCNC will help make a mess of that place real quick!

    #32547

    Bob Swika
    Participant

    It only looks clean since the table is new. I had to make a shelf for the table to put all the stuff that was on the floor where the table went.

    I am really looking forward to getting it dirty. I must say that the MPCNC is going together much faster than I though it would. I have one of the mini rambo boards from your site that I’ll be using. Hopefully I’ll get to work on it some more this weekend.

    Bob

    #33190

    Bob Swika
    Participant

    So it’s coming together, all the steppers are mounted. Just waiting for more cable covering to finish running the wires. The machine is not screwed to the table or squared yet, I need to pick up some more screws. Hopefully I can make some more progress this weekend.

    Bob

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    #33200

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    I cheat with the cable covering. On the far side steppers I only have 4 or 5 inches of covering and then a few more at the other end usually. Seems like a waste for it to just be sitting in the tubes and sometimes I need to unplug the steppers.

    #33206

    Bob Swika
    Participant

    You know, you are right. No need to have the covering sitting in the tubes where it has nothing to run on. Didn’t even think about that. Thanks.

    #33786

    Bob Swika
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    Up and running. I have a lot of learning to do.

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    #33792

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Looks good!

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    #34231

    Bob Swika
    Participant

    Got the router attached and got the garage a little dirty. Still learning ESTLCAM. I initially tried using a Dremel and the results were pretty bad. The router made a huge difference in quality.

    Not sure why the video looks like it’s sideways, it doesn’t play that way on my phone??

    Bob

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    #34241

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Those cuts look great so far.

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    #36274

    Bob Swika
    Participant

    The machine is cutting what I would consider fairly well. I made the claps that I saw in another thread. Initailly I made them by hand and they would eventually vibrate loose. I figured that my cuts were not accurate enough so I made a set using the MPCNC. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong but after a while cutting they still loosen up sometimes. Wonder if this is common with these clamps or if it’s just mine. Also by request of my kids I made a Minecraft Sword. Thanks for a great project.

    Bob

    #36282

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Oh bummer, I want to make a set of these. Maybe it is just a thickness thing? A little thicker and you get more contact area? Or if you can adjust the speed of that “spindle” you can get a smoother cut with less vibration. I have been messing with a ton of variables and yesterday I was kind of surprised at the results and put a vid on youtube. if you get the right bit and RPM, and the help of a good cut path it can cut really smoothly.

    #36288

    Bob Swika
    Participant

    I was thinking of making a set a little thicker, I made them the recommended thickness. My other idea is to have a little wedge that goes under the handle to stop it from loosening.

    I really like the way these clamps work so I won’t give up until I find a solution. If you try them let me know how they work. Thanks,

    Bob

    #36624

    Bob Swika
    Participant

    What a difference a good bit makes. Up until now I was using the 1/4 bit that came with my cheap router. I got my bits today from vicious1.com and my cuts are so much better. I used to have to do a lot of sanding to get them to look as good as this one does right off the router.

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    #36628

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Yeah buddy! I learn something new everytime I run a cut. So now that you have decent sharp stuff your jobs will get a bit faster and less post processing by hand.

    Another for the gallery, thanks!

    #36635

    Bob Swika
    Participant

    Thanks for a great design. I’m really enjoying this machine.

    #36639

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Your welcome. Is it bad to say I enjoy the heck out of mine as well. Still hasn’t gotten old to me. Can’t wait to see what is next for you!

    #36645

    Bob Swika
    Participant

    It’s not bad at all, I’ve been 3D printing for quite a few years and it still hasn’t gotten old.

    I can see myself using this for a long time. My goal is to be able to eventually cut out RC planes. That’s the hobby that never got old for me. Doing it 20+ years.

    #38493

    George Kriete
    Participant

    Very nice.

    I bought the kit and I am having fun. Enjoy.
    This Fourm is SOOOO Helpful. Got me going when I thought all was lost…..LOL

    By the way I noticed it said inPA.

    I am in Pittston, PA. Between Scranton and Wilkes Barre.

    #38494

    Bob Swika
    Participant

    I’m in Eynon, about 10 minutes outside of Scranton.

    #40296

    George Kriete
    Participant

    Sorry, I did not get email update from this post.

    Maybe we could get together and help each other.

    Probably you more then me helping you.

    I get a nice one and then all goes haywire.

    I need to spend more time on machine, but work is crazy, and I only have a few hours a week. Working 6 days.

    #40299

    Bob Swika
    Participant

    I know the feeling. Working a lot of hours myself. Between work and kids I don’t get much time to play with it, I’m still very much a beginner. It’s been a few weeks since I tried to cut anything but hope to get back into more soon.

     

    Bob

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