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by LouisV
Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Mach 4?
Replies: 2
Views: 1007

Re: Mach 4?

I haven't tried it but it is something I want to try soon. Mach3 is proven and has a lot of plugins while Mach4 may have some kinks to work out since it's so new, not to mention plugins are probably sparse at the moment. Mach4 is definitely the future and looks a lot better so if you already don't o...
by LouisV
Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Project Shapeoko HD
Replies: 305
Views: 92648

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Hey everyone, Another quick update here. I've been working quite a bit lately running around like a chicken with his head cut off, but everything is going smoothly. :) I'm currently working on the MDF work bed layout for both the HD and HDX machines. I should have some renders to show off tomorrow g...
by LouisV
Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Project Shapeoko HD
Replies: 305
Views: 92648

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Hey guys, it's finally 2015! I expect this to be a great year for DIY/open source CNC machines. The Shapeoko 3 is definitely shaping up to be a great machine and I hope my contributions and my efforts will make an impact as well. Down below are some prototype plates for the HD machine, already paint...
by LouisV
Thu Jan 01, 2015 3:55 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: CAD and CAM combination.
Replies: 9
Views: 2125

Re: CAD and CAM combination.

I mainly use VCarve Pro to draw the parts up and generate g code. I then load up the g code in Mach 3 and I'm ready for action. I notice that Mach 4 is currently out, I may need to try it out soon, but it's probably lacking some plug-ins and might have some kinks to work out. I was also thinking of ...
by LouisV
Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:35 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Project Shapeoko HD
Replies: 305
Views: 92648

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Hey everyone, I have a small update today. I cut out all the plates needed for the updated HDX. They came out quite nice and are ready to be primed and painted for assembly next month. The end plates will now accept up to two 4080 extrusions on each side for a really rigid y-axis. While the stock ma...
by LouisV
Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:40 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Improved dust collector
Replies: 25
Views: 5233

Re: Improved dust collector

That's very nice. :) What material is it made out of?
by LouisV
Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Gryphon CNC extrusion
Replies: 30
Views: 11228

Re: Gryphon CNC extrusion

Actually, having some distance between the top and bottom wheels of the Z-axis will reduce inaccuracy a bit since it stops the spindle wobbling along the X-axis of travel. Of course, 7.5" is kind of overkill, and probably counter to the effect if the aluminium profiles aren't very strong aganst ben...
by LouisV
Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:21 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Gryphon CNC extrusion
Replies: 30
Views: 11228

Re: Gryphon CNC extrusion

The rack and pinion system also has me really worried, it screams backlash to me and aluminum on aluminum is probably not ideal. :( I think their rack and pinion system is a steel insert (into the slot on the rail) and a steel gear. At least I hope they are steel inserts and not aluminum ones. Eith...
by LouisV
Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:07 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Gryphon CNC extrusion
Replies: 30
Views: 11228

Re: Gryphon CNC extrusion

I'm looking at the z-axis again and I have to say it's just not very well thought out. In the photos they show off the fact that there is 7.5 inches in distance between the top wheel and the bottom like that actually means something. People who aren't too versed in CNC machines would think that equa...
by LouisV
Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Gryphon CNC extrusion
Replies: 30
Views: 11228

Re: Gryphon CNC extrusion

Thanks Atomist, I guess this confirms my suspicions. All we can do is hope that people do their research and look elsewhere.