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Thread: What I did this weekend on my CNC

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    What I did this weekend on my CNC

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    Back side of the gantry.

    Lots of parts from 5 different boxes. The boxes are empty and there are no parts left over. Yesss!

    Next up is to measure the base front edge relative to the z-axis to determine the size of the rolling cabinet this will be mounted on. Tweak the all ready completed SketchUp drawings, get some plywood and get busy.

    I must say I am impressed with the beefiness of this machine. And with the orderliness of the packing. Given my first machine was a ShopBot made with conduit hanger rails, this is on a magnitude of a thousands time better.

    Lots of fun sitting there with tons of parts and a few allen wrenches happily putting stuff together. Happy grin on my face. Been a long time since I did something useful with my hands.
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    It's great to see you back in the game, Carol! That certainly is a beefy looking machine!!! I'm looking forward to seeing you complete it and see your excitement with the first production from it.
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    Wow, that is a beast of of a machine. What size of motors did you get for this? Does it use ball screws or rack/pinion?
    Darren

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    Wow! Now that's some progress!
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    Those pictures are a sight for sore eyes in many more ways than one. They tell me you back at it and that's the most important thing and i for one am very happy for you. Just so cool to see you moving ahead. Hope you manage to keep progress going. All the best to you.
    cheers

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    I plan to get NEMA 34 motors and it is rack and pinon. So far I just got the mechanical side. I will order the electronic side after the cabinet is done. The electronics will be a turn key system. I have the computer, monitor and keyboard for it. Refurbished for $100. Win XP. Should be good to go. Mach 3 works on that. I had a lot of planning into this before the foot debacle. I am tired tonight, but a good tired. Thanks, guys, for caring and supporting.
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    Some say the land of milk and honey; others say the land of fruits and nuts. All together my sort of heaven.

    Power is not taken. It is given. Who have you given yours to? Hmmmm?

    Carol Reed

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    That's looking fantastic! The gantry setup looks beefy as all get out and I like the boxing in the table area, that should add a fair bit of rigidity I'd think. Glad to see you're getting back in the game

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    Very impressive looking machine. I really like how solid it looks in all the right places. Very, very glad to see you experiencing the good kinda tired again, Carol!

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    Time to fire up the Popper again
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    Looks Great.

    Every time I hear about the CNC Routerparts machines it is always good.

    Nice to see one going together and also nice to you up and at it again.

    It's all good.

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