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Daggers

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CNC Adventure
« on: November 02, 2020, 01:41:51 PM »
Hi,
So the UK is heading for its second lockdown and with the winter approaching time in my unheated workshop will start reducing.
What to do?
I have always been fascinated by the members of this forum and their adventures with CNC. Like most I have a passing knowledge but no practical experience of CNC. Time to learn something new, even at my age and turn the lockdown negative into a positive.
So after being inspired by Myfordboy’s adventures with a fairly cheap CNC engraver I bit the bullet and ordered a kit, early xmas present.
The aim for me is to produce nameplates & labels for my models and car restorations.
This really is a learning exercise to get the grey matter moving.
So CAD design, post processing and CNC manufacture.
Lots to learn, seems I will be having plenty of spare time.
Will report as I go if there is any interest?
Keep safe and sane.
P.S
Been truly blown away with the flathead Model builds on this site. Just had first drive with my full size flathead as shown.

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Re: CNC Adventure
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2020, 02:07:55 PM »
There are many cnc users here. Shouldn't be difficult to  find help if you get stuck.
Do not be like the cat who wanted a fish but was afraid to get his paws wet.

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Re: CNC Adventure
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2020, 02:50:40 PM »

Will report as I go if there is any interest?


Please do. I'm not planning to go CNC myself, but I find the process of setting up the tools, as well as the resulting machined geometries absolutely fascinating, so would love to follow along. Good luck!
Stuart

Forging ahead regardless.

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Re: CNC Adventure
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2020, 03:00:43 PM »
I'd be interested too. Any thoughts on what CAD/CAM you will go for? F360 would still seem a good option.

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Re: CNC Adventure
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2020, 10:53:42 AM »
Thanks for your interest.
The CNC process is new to me so I am going slowly.
For a number of years I have been producing working drawings on my ipad using BiiCADO. I tried a number of drawing programs on the ipad and this was the closest I could find to a proper engineering cad package, sample drawing below.
I also use, on the PC, “Front Panel Designer” a free program that is great for control panel legend design, sample attached.
Both of these programs will produce a DXF output file suitable for use in the greneration of a CNC control file.
My first goal is to engrave outlines to a dxf drawing, this will prove a work flow.
My second goal is to produce simple milling outlines to a depth.
There is a lot to learn and I will be looking at cad packages in parallel to the above.
Fusion 360 looks very interesting but the recent move to restrict the hobby user is worrying as history shows that further restrictions are more than likely. Freecad has been suggested and I have been watching Myfordboy who uses Viacad.
First thing is to assemble the engraver when it arrives, should be next week.
Will keep you posted.

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Re: CNC Adventure
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2020, 12:34:35 PM »
For flat engraving you need only a CAD program that outputs DXF.  The  CAM process will be equally similar needing only to follow a line at a fixed depth.

The  CAM program I use, CAMBAM, can do both as it allows drawing of text in any TrueType font on the PC.

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Re: CNC Adventure
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2020, 01:45:30 PM »
If you ordered the same hardware that Myfordboy has, be sure to follow all his videos on his modifications. The machine as sold will not cut metal to any useful degree. It is not rigid enough, and the spindle supplied with it is underpowered as well as being electrically noisy. The noise causes USB connection issues and Myfordboy has detailed his mods up to the current iteration, which is a complete spindle replacement (Brushless).  Even now, cutting is very slow in metal.

Daggers

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Re: CNC Adventure
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2020, 04:29:04 PM »
Will look at CAMBAM, new to me.

My machine is visually similar to Myfordboy’s but it is of full aluminium construction out of the box, no plastic panels. I will try the machine as shipped and then update as required. I have followed Myfordboy’s modifications closely, I do have a high spec motor in my junk pile, donated by a pal, which has the same outer dimensions, but I will start with the one supplied. As I talked about in my original post this is more about getting the grey matter working and learning something new.
Thanks for the interest. :cheers:

Daggers

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Re: CNC Adventure
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2020, 03:32:29 PM »
Its arrived.
Two weeks door to door.
All panels are in 10mm thick anodised alloy, motor comes with ER11 collet.
First thing i noticed is that the electronics has no box/protection. Therefore i will need to source a small project box, don’t like the idea of running the machine with the electronics open. The mods have stared already.
Will start to assemble next week. I have been told by the boss that gardening takes priority this weekend.
Will keep you posted.

Daggers

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Re: CNC Adventure
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2020, 11:49:42 AM »
The basic machine is now assembled, next step will be the electronics, motor and the wiring connecting the stepper motors.
The assembly progressed well with the exception of the linear bearings. A couple of the guide rails did not run smoothly through the linear bearings and I could not adjust this out. Looking at the bearings I found that the bearing mounting face had a couple of small manufacturing burrs, small but enough to cause misalignment. A small slip stone sorted these out and now the run great. All other bearings were removed and treated the same.
For the record machine weight at the moment  is 14lb(6.4kg).

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Re: CNC Adventure
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2020, 07:37:26 PM »
Congratulations on reaching the first 'milestone'  :ThumbsUp:

It looks very sturdy for the rather small working envelope - that should help with the finish of the milled parts.

Daggers

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Re: CNC Adventure
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2020, 01:33:41 PM »
All electronics connected. The only change i have made is to add the driver board enclosure and a small fan to keep things cool.
Next stage is to load software from pc to engraver driver board. This should be interesting, driver CD is in Chinese. Using ipad camera live Chinese to English translation, seems to be working ok.

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Re: CNC Adventure
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2020, 04:14:48 PM »
Hello Daggers

This little engraver looks rather interesting. Can you give the exact make and model number and where you bought it from?

Thanks

Mike
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Oh! sod the journey, lets hit the bar and pool instead.

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Re: CNC Adventure
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2020, 07:02:32 PM »
I've managed to do some pretty decent translations by converting PDF to Word (using Adobe's free online converter), then from within Word, right click from anywhere in the document and select Translate. It can autodetect the language or you can help it to decide. Then specify the whole document and let it rip.
https://www.adobe.com/uk/acrobat/online/pdf-to-word.html

Alternatively, highlight and copy the Chinese words, then paste them into Google Translate. Google seem to use a different machine translator to Microsoft, so you get a different translation which may or may not be better.
https://translate.google.co.uk/
« Last Edit: November 22, 2020, 07:06:37 PM by Muzzer »

Daggers

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Re: CNC Adventure
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2020, 10:29:52 PM »
Mike,
The engraver is a Model 1310 which is available on Aliexpress and ebay. Cheaper on ALiexpress when shipped from France or Spain.
Will be reviewing when used in standard form and then review with updates.
The parts i have for the update include the new motor/psu, larger bed plate and and parts to lengthen the “Y” axis and also a manual pendent control.
This is really a step into the dark for me, but its interesting. :o