Vacuum Table!

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cowtheory
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Re: Vacuum Table!

Post by cowtheory » Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:55 am

I made a vacuum table based on your design and cut out the pieces from 6mm thick MDF boards. However, I got poor suction results. It doesn't seem to be able to hold even a piece of paper. I am currently using a normal household vacuum cleaner (1400 Watts). Is that not enough power? How much wattage should I look for in a vacuum cleaner? Thanks

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Re: Vacuum Table!

Post by AnonymousPerson » Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:50 pm

Just as a general thought, from my recent vacuum pump experimenting (not a vacuum table yet though)...

Do you have any kind of sealant around that you could plug up any non-useful gaps?

It's amazing how much air can get through very small (tiny) gaps, ruining the suction. As I've been finding out recently. ;)

If you haven't done it yet, even just covering every seam you can find with layers of tape might help.

For something a bit more permanent, maybe some form of gasket sealant?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/V-tech-Black-Si ... B00442NWOQ

(yeah, this is the completely ghetto approach :>)
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cowtheory
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Re: Vacuum Table!

Post by cowtheory » Thu Feb 18, 2016 1:50 am

Thanks, I'll give that a try :)

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Re: Vacuum Table!

Post by jkanzaki » Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:56 am

HI all,

Does anyone know what program open up c2d?
I use cambam, and makercam both software cannot open c2d

thanks
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Re: Vacuum Table!

Post by AnonymousPerson » Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:46 am

Pretty sure it's "Carbide Create", the new basic intro thing from Carbide 3D.

Haven't tried it myself, but it's here if that helps:

http://carbide3d.com/dl/
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Re: Vacuum Table!

Post by WillAdams » Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:47 pm

Yep:
edwardrford wrote: using Carbide Create to design a vacuum table we've been talking about for a long time now.
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Re: Vacuum Table!

Post by jkanzaki » Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:47 pm

AnonymousPerson wrote:Pretty sure it's "Carbide Create", the new basic intro thing from Carbide 3D.

Haven't tried it myself, but it's here if that helps:

http://carbide3d.com/dl/
Thanks
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Re: Vacuum Table!

Post by Kyleitzen » Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:25 am

Here is some information on my Vacuum Table. Made from two layers of 1/2" Baltic Birch. 16"x17" overall dimensions. 12"x12" vacuum work surface. 1/4" grid pattern milled into the bottom. 1/4" diameter holes on one inch. Added 1/8" grid in between holes to increase clamping force. Cheap Home Depot Bucket Head Vacuum.

It's used to hold Rowmark engraving plastic in place while being milled and engraved. Works great!
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Re: Vacuum Table!

Post by LTEPM » Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:00 pm

Any updates on improvements to the table design?

How small of parts will this hold?

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Re: Vacuum Table!

Post by Hurumph » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:19 pm

edwardrford wrote:Hi All,


If you're interested in making one of your own, here are the c2d files (one for top, one for bottom)
vacuum_table.zip
If you do make one of your own, send us a picture (sales@carbide3d) with the subject of 'vacuum table'. if you're one of the first 10 pictures we get, we'll send you a free 1/4" cutter for being awesome.

It doesn't seem like the entire design is there in the zip file you attached. The only thing that shows up for me is a single hole for the hose attachment and then a grid of circles on the top piece. I'm using carbide create, but am I doing something else wrong? I wanted to try your build as a starting point and then tweak it as I go along.

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