• Dual shaft holder

    Elliot03/30/2021 at 00:48 0 comments

    Finally got some more CAD work done and made a 0.50" dual shaft holder.  It mates to the channels in the 2040 extrusion and shafts will be press fit.  Next revision will take in consideration where the motor and shaft placement.  The big benefit here is utilizing the 3d printer precision to align the shafts perfectly.  Ideally they would extend 10mm into the frame.

  • Aluminum Extrusion it is

    Elliot03/28/2021 at 21:18 0 comments

    This feels like a slight pivot, but I will do my best to keep the project true to its roots, affordable and 3d printed. 

    I dug up an old anet a8 metal frame, AM8.  Initially I thought extrusion wouldn't be good for this, but it was merely the 8mm rods that were insufficient.  I plan to use the 1/2 and 3/4 steel tubes (*are tubes suitable or must it be rod?) and bronze bushings.  I found inexpensive $1.50 tube holders that will work as shaft holders and bearing holders.  Another idea is to do a press fit for the shaft into the aluminum, but I don't think I can drill that accurately.  I'll still drill the frame a bit, but it'll likely just be to extend the rods and be held with a 3d printed rod holder.  There is also a possibility of brazing everything rigid.  One thing I noticed about aluminum extrusion is barely anyone is using an anchor fasteners.  Mostly through holes and 90* fasteners and I suspect the anchor makes it a much more sold structure.  Avid CNC uses anchor fasteners for their machines.  I'm going to use them on this.  Perhaps even test the difference between anchor fasteners and other options.

  • Bronze Bearings

    Elliot03/26/2021 at 04:23 0 comments

    The bronze bearings look like theyre going to work.  I got a set of 1/2" and want to get some 3/4.  I'm happy this is working because I don't have to use v-wheels.

  • PEX Tube potential

    Elliot03/22/2021 at 19:51 0 comments

    3/4" Pex tube seems to have a lot of potential for me.  Initial observations: it can be machined out to fit either 3/4" 0.750" which is widely available, as well as .706" which is 1/2" conduit.  I want to stay true to the build and keep it cheap/affordable so will pursue the conduit, but very optimistic for PEX in 1/2" and 1".  I see 1" being good and bigger/better than 3/4 but the widely available conduit and 3/4 pex off the shelf keeps them a main focus.  The PEX ID is 0.671, I bought a 45/64 drill bit which is .703, and then I got an 18mm reamer which is .708.  I also got an adjustable reamer which ive never used, so that should be interesting.  Another neat part of using the 3/4 pex is its outside diameter is 7/8 0.875 and it plays well with 7/8" tooling.

  • Round shaft isn't great

    Elliot03/21/2021 at 04:34 0 comments

    I screwed down the linear shaft and im a little more encouraged by the alignment.  Round shafts have a tendency to turn and will cause racking problems.  Shafts need to be fastened down, or held.  I just screwed a metal screw through the side.

    I have decided to change gears slightly and focus on a fixed gantry build similar to a microcarve cnc or sienci mill one.  I like the box aspect but the construction was terrible.  The millright m3 also suffers from poor construction.  

    Panels need to be fastened VERY SECURELY.  Avid cnc uses barrel nuts, and microcarve uses a plate bushing.  A 3d plate bushing could work.  Perhaps for ease of use keep outside profile rectangle and just mill a pocket to receive it.  Either 3d printed or cnc wood plate.  Idea is more pocket depth/ interference fit, plate inside and outside?  Microcarve has EXCELLENT construction and I want to merge that with the sienci box idea.  

    The other idea is to use c-beam or other v-slot as the main gantry for the cnc box.  Print NC has shows tapping/ prepping 2x3 steel beam isn't so bad but with a novel 3d printed marker/jig it can be manipulated intelligently.  

    In terms of keeping this cheap the ideas I to pursue: 

    - 1/2" conduit pipe with pex bearings

    - 1/2" round steel tubing with bronze bushing

       This is probably the most sure fire, cheap build.  

    Goal is 100ipm in aluminum at 1/8" depth and 1/4" bit.

    Will either be 8mm lead screw, or belts, nothing nicer.

    3d printed bearing blocks.

    Aside, the Root cnc looks cool.  Classic v-bearing formation using a nice 3d printed chassis.  Square tubing is the way to go.  I was wondering if mini v wheels, or just the bearings would be a good option on square tubing.  The problem now is, its a very slippery slope to Chinese mgn rail.

  • DIY Linear Bearings

    Elliot06/23/2020 at 06:19 0 comments

    I'm trying to settle on a design, but I was advised to try all 3.  The 3 designs are 1. round linear bearing (current) 2. Y- Linear bearing 3. U Groove wheels.  Im almost ready to print a u groove wheel for a 1/2 emt, and 5x16x5 bearings.  I found 8 x 16 x 5 are also cheap bearings that should be suitable for the Y linear bearing.

  • Drilled and bolted

    Elliot06/13/2020 at 05:22 0 comments

    Drilled and bolted the frame.  Cut the sub-board crooked :(. Getting binding and all sorts of twisting.  I could get some movement for the sake of it, but this is definitely making it to a beta version.  Need to spend more time in CAD.  I do have parts for a brushless spindle on the way. 

  • Bushings Fit

    Elliot06/11/2020 at 01:35 0 comments
  • Rod holder bushing complete

    Elliot06/10/2020 at 05:08 0 comments

    Finally got the print settings dialed in for the rod holder.  In the future i'd like to test PLA as a bearing material.  I tried nylon, but it was rather soft.  Igus has some special filament that seems interesting.

    This design was so that I didn't have to "dial in" on a 1mm print nozzle.  I could get the majority of the structure there and print a more precise bushing with a 0.4mm nozzle.  

  • Almost done with first set of printed parts

    Elliot06/06/2020 at 01:48 0 comments

    Finished a 9 out of the targeted 12 blocks for the minimum needed to move all the axis.  Next step is making rod holders.