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by Fablicator
Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:24 am
Forum: Shapeoko 3 Assembly
Topic: warped steel plates
Replies: 3
Views: 1356

Re: warped steel plates

I’d thought the plates were laser cut. That said, there are heat stresses, so I could see some warping happening. With the larger end plates on the SO1, warping was a problem, and it was simple enough to lay them on a towel across a threshold and stand on them. Probably you could use fine shim stoc...
by Fablicator
Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: G10 Fiberglass or Carbon Fiber Sheets
Replies: 13
Views: 2553

Re: G10 Fiberglass or Carbon Fiber Sheets

Machining aluminum will be a lot friendlier than composite. The lack of dust makes it my preferred material.
by Fablicator
Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:59 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: SO3 Gantry Stiffness in Y direction
Replies: 35
Views: 5374

Re: SO3 Gantry Stiffness in Y direction

I drilled and tapped the steel.
by Fablicator
Sat Dec 19, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Carbide motion is costing me money!! HELP!
Replies: 12
Views: 1688

Re: Carbide motion is costing me money!! HELP!

Sounds like your USB is disconnecting when you power off your spindle/router, which seems to be a common occurrence with the Carbide controller board. AnonymousPerson's suggestion may work OK, but the position tends to change somewhat on reset as the motors re-energize. It could salvage the current ...
by Fablicator
Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:06 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Limit switches sold with the Shapeoko now ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1914

Re: Limit switches sold with the Shapeoko now ?

I would go with a simple switch based kit from either Carbide motion or any of the 3rd party vendors on this forum. Nothing fancy is needed. The carbide kit is a homing only kit, which allows a repeatable zero. It is not a true limit kit which halts the machine if you exceed the maximum travel. A tr...
by Fablicator
Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: Software - CAD, CAM, Workflow Help
Topic: Fusion 360 lift z before first traverse?
Replies: 6
Views: 697

Re: Fusion 360 lift z before first traverse?

Are you using homing and a WCS?
by Fablicator
Wed Dec 16, 2015 5:33 am
Forum: Member Projects
Topic: House Stark Banner
Replies: 2
Views: 870

House Stark Banner

Did a quick carve with a 45deg V bit into some manufactured veneer scrap. Spray painted directly over the carve, and immediately wiped the excess off with acetone. The result turned out perfectly, with minimal effort! Much easier than hand painting if your primary surface is acetone resistant. IMG_2...
by Fablicator
Tue Dec 15, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Shapeoko Machine capabilities and limitations
Replies: 59
Views: 6213

Re: Shapeoko Machine capabilities and limitations

I have a very different experience than some others here. I went into this with an extremely strong 3D printing background, a decade of CAD skills, and a love of tinkering. I have no fear when it comes to abusing equipment to make it do my bidding. The stock SO3 is lackluster for everyday use, and i...
by Fablicator
Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: How to smooth sharp edges in aluminum
Replies: 8
Views: 1025

Re: How to smooth sharp edges in aluminum

I either use a 45 deg Vee bit to break edges, 400 grit sandpaper, or a Fiber abrasive buff on my Dremel.
by Fablicator
Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: Shapeoko 3 Assembly
Topic: Idler bearing binding along x-axis
Replies: 12
Views: 1490

Re: Idler bearing binding along x-axis

Depending on whether the V wheels are pushed toward the top or bottom of their holes, I would get a similar rocking of the Z carriage. Patiently adjusting both sides of wheels and the eccentric nuts may be necessary for a tight, rock free fit. When its all assembled properly, I do not have any rocki...