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Re: #2014F - the Birth, life and fall of a machine...

Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 2:12 pm
by Gadgetman!
The handling fee is about £15 at the moment. and there's no way in [insert name of favorite heated place for evildoers to end up] that this package is going to get past unmolested.

I just realised that I'll soon have enough mechanical parts to make 2 ShapeOkos...

Re: #2014F - the Birth, life and fall of a machine...

Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 2:13 pm
by WillAdams
Welcome to the club.

Brandon Fischer (Improbable Construct) was actually able to rebuild his original SO1 from leftover parts.

Re: #2014F - the Birth, life and fall of a machine...

Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 2:30 pm
by Gadgetman!
Well, that won't happen with me.
The SO1 endplates and motor plates aren't what I would consider 'usable' in any interpretation of the word.
Too thin, too floppy, also cut up and used for other stuff.
I could make new ones out of aluminium...
But I don't have room for two. Actually, I don't have room for the one I have...

I could give one to my brother, but even if he does have the room for it, I'm not certain he's got the inclination.
(The poor guy still thinks that Humbrol enamels is the be all, end all of model paints, that LaserDisc isn't dead, that he'll be able to rebuild the Aixam - small car registered as a motorbike - that he has stored away, that his Suzuki XL-7 is a better car than my Citroën Berlingo... )

Re: #2014F - the Birth, life and fall of a machine...

Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:44 pm
by Gadgetman!
What a haul!

1000mm MegaRail80, 600mm Megarail Z, 2 x 1500mm Makerslide, and a veritable mountain of cardboard wrapped around it all...

Time to finish up the design of the new carriage.
Also, I'm probably going to need stronger motors because the MegaRail80 is HEAVY!

Re: #2014F - the Birth, life and fall of a machine...

Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:06 pm
by cvoinescu
Gadgetman! wrote:Also, I'm probably going to need stronger motors because the MegaRail80 is HEAVY!
It's not even twice the weight of two pieces of MakerSlide. Stop complaining. :P

Re: #2014F - the Birth, life and fall of a machine...

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:46 am
by Gadgetman!
Yeah, but you didn't see the poor lady at the post ffice trying to lift the package... ;-)

Also, my carriage will probably be somewhat heavier than the old one.

Re: #2014F - the Birth, life and fall of a machine...

Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:25 pm
by aarvidsson
Hey Gadgetman, did you get around to building a machine based on the MegaRail? I'm on the verge of rebuilding my machine and would love to avoid hitting *every* brick wall in the neighbourhood if possible... :P

Re: #2014F - the Birth, life and fall of a machine...

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:36 am
by Gadgetman!
Haven't worked on my machine for months!

It's packed away towards the back wall of my garage, and there's literally inches of room between it(it's stored vertically) and my car which is suffering a very slow engine rebuild...
I won't be able to touch it before my car is running again.

I haven't even finished designing the Carriage.
(I want to cut the parts out of HDPE or Plywood to test for fit before committing to Aluminium)

I can tell you that the MegaRail feels very, very solid, though.

If you intend to og With the traditional Z-axis design, it shouldn't be all that difficult to redesign your plates. It's only a question of moving the holes a little bit.
The plates can be cut With a hacksaw, if you want. What matters is the placement of the holes in relation to each other.
(I hacksawed mine when I went to 6mm Aluminium, used my SO to peck-drill 'pilot holes' on one, clamped the two together and used my drill-press to drill through both at the same time.)