I just cannot leave this section empty.
Something I have been pondering lately is the construction of the guides on a machine.
I have only limited time as my lunch break is almost over.
I work in Industry and I buy machines as well as support the technical side, of applications. I also do a limited amount of Design engineering.
So - what I think about CNC machine building I am not a KIT sort of guy. I am a degreed engineer with a machine design engineering background.
On the guides most CNC routers are using a roller ball or guide in one way or another.
The other day I was made aware of a company that makes non roller guides. I will get a LOT more into this as time goes on. The company is IGUS and thay make a plastic guide that slides on a hard coated aluminum rail.
The IGUS guides remind me of the industrial Boxway construction machines. I call those machines industry WORKHORSES.
Linear guides are really popular these days and almost exclusive in CNC routers.
In about 2015 I plan to build a 48 x 48 x 12 CNC router - to "MY" specifications. It will be over powered to drive these IGUS slides and to be able to hog out stuff as I need to.
I am going to go all out on that machine - but I MUST also make it look REALLY pretty.
I named it.
It is the Osprey.
It will have a sculpted Osprey Bird on top and move along with the axis motion.
The machine will have color - design - and just be awesome.
Anyway - back on the IGUS slides.
I will be doing some force testing on the differences between roller guides and boxway guides in the coming months.
I will post that testing and also make youtube videos about it.