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by Atonwa
Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:43 am
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Stiffness of the spindle carriage plate
Replies: 81
Views: 20563

Re: Stiffness of the spindle carriage plate

And as I fall down the rabbit hole this video makes me think of what you could build for all axis. Since the Shapeoko rails are all proprietary now why not go with a version you can purchase from a known company. This would be a fun custom build with these IVT rails if money was no object :D http://...
by Atonwa
Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:21 am
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Stiffness of the spindle carriage plate
Replies: 81
Views: 20563

Re: Stiffness of the spindle carriage plate

You can buy the proper bearings for the rail specified above here... http://www.pbclinear.com/V-Guide-Roller-Bearing-Components I've used this company at work on $500K+ equipment with no issues. Update: And if you really want to dig into these linear rails here's a white paper on them with an intere...
by Atonwa
Sat Mar 05, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Materials
Replies: 20
Views: 3543

Re: Materials

That's a good idea but I think I would have to make the frame more heavy duty, these things weigh probably close to 50 pounds each. it would definitely make the S3 more stable as a waste board in the base rather than MDF. I bet you could build a heck of a sound absorbing clear enclosure for your Sha...
by Atonwa
Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Stiffness of the spindle carriage plate
Replies: 81
Views: 20563

Re: Stiffness of the spindle carriage plate

I don't mind spending money to do this but is it even feasible to adapt what you suggested to the z assembly of SO3 system? i feel like this is a major hacking job. I am sure it will be fun. Atonwa any resource you can provide for me to look into this ? thanks I'm not quite sure you will get the re...
by Atonwa
Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:31 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Stiffness of the spindle carriage plate
Replies: 81
Views: 20563

Re: Stiffness of the spindle carriage plate

Interesting. That looks pretty solid. I'd been wondering how to get and keep a good straight edge on new X/Y rails, if I go for steel box versions instead of buying the Carbide 3D expansion kit. Something like these Grainger ones seem like they'd do the trick: https://www.grainger.com/product/PBC-L...
by Atonwa
Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Stiffness of the spindle carriage plate
Replies: 81
Views: 20563

Re: Stiffness of the spindle carriage plate

If you really feel strongly enough about it you can do it yourself but it won't be cheap. Here is the setup on the Routakit with steel rails and steel wheels on the Z. It's an aluminum spacer block with a steel linear rail (Grainger) attached to it with the Openbuilds steel wheels. http://2.bp.blogs...
by Atonwa
Sat Mar 05, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Materials
Replies: 20
Views: 3543

Re: Materials

Local Macy's in our mall going out of business and they are selling everything including the furniture and fixtures. Grabbed 21 sheets of 1/2" thick 36" X 36" cast acrylic and a bunch of 1" and 2" thick. Who wants a custom Shapeoko acrylic waste board :lol: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-In1kpYQTl10/Vts0...
by Atonwa
Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Project Shapeoko HD
Replies: 305
Views: 106419

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Finished the mechanical assembly with the new frame and plates on my Routakit HD. I thought it would be a fun comparison since it's so hard to tell on the internet how big things are in real life so here's a standard Shapeoko 3 on a standard Routakit HD kit with a custom base and end plates. http://...
by Atonwa
Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: HDPE suitable for use as wasteboard?
Replies: 6
Views: 3334

Re: HDPE suitable for use as wasteboard?

Not in stock in my local store but the last house I purchased had a very similar shed. It had an extruded floor like this and wasn't solid. In fact the "ribbing" you see in the pic is probably the ribs underneath showing through from the top after extrusion. The pattern on my shed was about that tig...
by Atonwa
Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:26 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Finishing Techniques
Replies: 8
Views: 1444

Re: Finishing Techniques

If you're interested in some in-depth information, I highly recommend "Understanding Wood Finishing" by Bob Flexner. The book covers a wide range of finish types and techniques in depth. Crucially, a lot of manufacturers of finishes don't state what's in the can. Flexner has done a lot of research ...