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#1 Dennis David

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:06 AM

My new CNC Mill under construction.

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#2 Dennis David

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:23 AM

Controller with a nice panic button. 🤪

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:58 AM

So what slot car parts are you going to make on it?

 

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#4 Dennis David

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:06 AM

Initially flat material like chassis plates, motor plates z-plates for Eurostyle chassis as well as conversion chassis for RTR cars replacing the plastic chassis. Alternative chassis for 1/24 Scaleauto and center and side pans for Retro with some added bling.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:15 AM

How about cut to fit weights to fit in existing plastic frames.


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#6 Dennis David

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:19 AM

Depends on the materials I suppose and it might not be cost effective labor wise.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:54 PM

Which Mill did you wind up going with?

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 07:37 PM

The one above which is the Yoda 2.0 from Source Rabbit in Greece. 440mm x 500mm.

 

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:46 PM

World of Clamping

Steel T-slot plate 4030 (400 mm x 300 mm)

https://www.worldofc...oduct&info=1277

 

https://www.worldofc...oduct&info=1310

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:49 PM

Tool Height Sensor

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:24 PM

Clamping Set

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:38 PM

Leading Edge Industrial Low Profile Vice

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:56 PM

Rockler Mini Deluxe Hold-Down Clamp

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:51 PM

Indexing Vice

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 12:33 AM

And the sum of the above is ~ 50% of the basic mill price - I told you so!

 

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 01:15 AM

Haha, Is this where you say I told you so? Still not all of it has to be bought at once. The purpose for listing these items here is to give people some idea of accessories they may want to purchase.


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Posted 17 January 2018 - 02:16 AM

4" CNC Vice

https://www.tormach....SET&portrelay=1

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 01:38 PM

Prescription Ballistic Safety Glasses

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 01:15 PM

Digital Micrometer

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 02:03 PM

You may have already have this handled: make sure you have more Z-axis travel than you think you need. Some of the tooling above takes a large amount of Z space thereby limiting the spindle travel or spindle tooling. Rarely is there a need to have the spindle within 4" of the table. You can *always* raise the part.

 

Most people concentrate on the X & Y table travels.

 

I once had a small CNC mill and its Z travel was very limited. I thought I would machine a 4" spacer to place between the bed and column but having to extend all the servo, power, control wires and modify the sheet metal housing just made the job harder (many of the wires were elecrically/magnetically shielded and made the job not worthwhile). 


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Posted 20 January 2018 - 04:00 PM

Yes i have already come up against this so the Tormach vice is probably out. Luckily most of my work is 1 inch tall or less. i've also been keeping my eye on tool length.I think a part of my initial work will be in creating my own fixtures.


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Posted 25 January 2018 - 11:42 PM

What a phenomenal workshop you have Dennis!

 

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Posted 27 January 2018 - 11:19 PM

Ernie this is still coming together. :laugh2: My Mill is still in Greece being built, but I want to give everybody a look as I "gear up". Once I am up and running I will describe all of my work with photos and videos. 

 

I will be using a combination of Shapeways and my CNC mill to build chassis, etc.


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Posted 28 January 2018 - 09:41 AM

Very interesting. I love technology, looking forward to see your works..


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Posted 28 January 2018 - 10:48 AM

While i wait for my mill to be completed i am buying all the accessories that I will need and studying the software programs. Hopefully this will help others as well. Of the similiar desktop mills made in the US i am very impressed by Carbide 3D's Nomad 883 Pro for $2499

http://carbide3d.com/nomad/detail/

The table moves along the Y-Axis

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