How thick was the scrap? Also, what was the grade of the AL?Gadgetman! wrote:I KNOW that currently my ShapeOko isn't stiff enough to make those holes properly...
(I have a piece of scrap aluminium with a hole with 5mm diameter at the top and maybe 3mm at the bottom... )
Tonight I am going to be milling these end plates (mentioned previously). These are going to be the thickest thing I have milled on aluminum yet (1/2 inch). So I am curious to see how that will go.
Is the lack of stiffness you mentioned due to the larger build of your machine, or just the general weaknesses inherent in the Shapeoko design?
(BTW, I am not dogging our machines. There are just certain known weaknesses in the design to keep costs down)(I Love my machine, even with the weaknesses)
At some point I am looking to go larger (probably X) and have been reading about all the gotcha points. I already have the 1000mm Makerslides, belts, wiring extensions, and 2020 cross pieces, it's just a matter of pulling the machine apart and doing it. But I think work is about to take over my life for a while, so I don't want to get mid way and have to stop down.