Fixture plate

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Brian
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Fixture plate

Post by Brian » Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:23 pm

Drew up this plate and cut it on my massive router at work out of 3/8 6061 t6 alum. Tapped all the holes with a drill and bought some M6 clamps from inventables. I also added 2 support braces on the underside to stiffen up the gantry and also provide extra support for the table. Also just finished packing my controller into a new case complete with a spindle control relay so i don't have to turn the machine on and off all the time. Work smarter not harder.
https://www.inventables.com/technologie ... down-clamp

Enjoy:
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Brian
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Re: Fixture plate

Post by WillAdams » Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:37 pm

Very, cool!

How's the Harbor Freight Cut-out Tool working out for you? I bought one at the same time I bought my 1/4" Trim Router but took it back 'cause it would get uncomfortably warm near the collet running for just a couple of minutes --- was curious if I got a bad unit or if they're all like that.
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Re: Fixture plate

Post by Brian » Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:41 pm

No issues so far. Was cutting alum with it and it didn't get too hot. Ive heard other people claiming the same thing, guess i got lucky. Going to cut some small blanks of lexan out of some bigger sheets at work once the $25k spindle gets back from being rebuilt.

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Re: Fixture plate

Post by edwardrford » Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:42 pm

I have never been so envious of a Shapeoko mod before.

Seriously.

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Re: Fixture plate

Post by Brian » Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:47 pm

Its pretty cool, i cant wait to get cutting. I love the extra weight it adds to the machine. Less sliding around on the table and seems more sturdy.
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Re: Fixture plate

Post by Brian » Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:56 pm

I also added a touch plate for easy z setting.
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Re: Fixture plate

Post by wz9v » Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:57 pm

So want a plate like that.
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Re: Fixture plate

Post by Brian » Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:59 pm

I can also turn the plate upside down on a plate of alum(to pass the current through the plate) and use a probing code i found online and itll find the edge of an alum part automatically.
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Re: Fixture plate

Post by gmfoster » Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:01 am

That is really nice...

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Re: Fixture plate

Post by Brian » Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:43 am

gmfoster wrote:That is really nice...
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