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by secretspy711
Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:57 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Bought a Dust Deputy
Replies: 6
Views: 1850

Re: Bought a Dust Deputy

I ended up with 2 of these as Christmas gifts. I'm only using 1 right now and it works great. I could make a 2-stage collector, but it's really not necessary.
by secretspy711
Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:00 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Shapeoko2 for Aluminum (Makita)
Replies: 26
Views: 5180

Re: Shapeoko2 for Aluminum (Makita)

^^ forgot to add, that was 6061 aluminum, and the 2 rails of my X axis are bolted together.
by secretspy711
Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Shapeoko2 for Aluminum (Makita)
Replies: 26
Views: 5180

Re: Shapeoko2 for Aluminum (Makita)

just to add my $0.03 (for inflation), I just cut some aluminum parts this weekend for the first time with my machine. It has the stock NEMA17 motors and stock Z axis threaded rod, enlarged X axis (1200mm rail). It cut aluminum beautifully, didn't seem to have any trouble at all. I'm running a Dewalt...
by secretspy711
Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:12 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: keep a log for cutter life?
Replies: 4
Views: 640

keep a log for cutter life?

I have acquired quite a few bits since I built my shapeoko. And a machinist friend just gave me 90 more of various shapes and styles! Anyway, I was wondering if anyone keeps a log for their cutters, to try to gauge how much life they have left? For example, I gut a lot of G10, so I have several doze...
by secretspy711
Sat Nov 29, 2014 8:23 am
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Poor Mans Bellows
Replies: 8
Views: 4952

Re: Poor Mans Bellows

I realize I'm waking this thread from a long nap... Got tired of having to clean the v-wheels and rails so often due to caked-on debris, since a lot of what I cut prohibits the use of a dust shoe. After trying plastic shower curtain liner (which got caught in the trolley) and DIY paper bellows (too ...
by secretspy711
Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:34 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: carpet tape to hold down thin G10 sheets?
Replies: 6
Views: 1568

carpet tape to hold down thin G10 sheets?

I've heard of carpet tape or some other thin adhesive that can be used to hold down thin sheets of material. I often cut .063" G10 sheets, which tend to bow upward in the middle the more I cut them. Is there a specific brand or type of tape that someone has found, that holds well but isn't too diffi...
by secretspy711
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:35 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Stock z axis acceleration values
Replies: 3
Views: 795

Re: Stock z axis acceleration values

I'll look into that. If I go from 4x microstepping to 8x, do I correspondingly double the steps/mm?
by secretspy711
Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Stock z axis acceleration values
Replies: 3
Views: 795

Stock z axis acceleration values

I was cutting a job in pink insulation foam. Cutter made a move where it makes a level cut in X and then activates the z motor to make a shallow ramping down cut. Z is only required to move slowly. Everything was fine until it decided to puke and the z motor didn't move at all, just made an awful no...
by secretspy711
Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: 500mm X 1000mm - Which Axis?
Replies: 11
Views: 2766

Re: 500mm X 1000mm - Which Axis?

My X axis is 1200mm and the 2 rails are bolted together. There is a bit more flex (twisting around the X axis) than I would like, which I'm sure causes some decrease in accuracy, but so far it has not been a problem. I've not tried cutting aluminum yet though. The ease of workpiece access was my pri...
by secretspy711
Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:07 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Possible Z-Axis skipping in 3d milling?
Replies: 5
Views: 1274

Re: Possible Z-Axis skipping in 3d milling?

had the same issue recently. dropping the Z acceleration from 25 to 20 mm/s/s did the trick for me.