Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


3610 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2142

Trusted
Spark NZ

Topic # 229227 13-Feb-2018 19:53
7 people support this post
Send private message quote this post

Because I just bought one! :-) Secondhand Chinese 6040 that's apparently got all the kinks worked out and has new good PSUs, a miniITX PC included with Mach3 and an enclosure with all the electronics / drivers / buttons / screen etc.

 

It's at the other end of the country but being put on a pallet shortly I hope. I expect to get it sometime next week and then the real learning curve starts!

 

 

 

Quite excited.

 

Cheers - N

 

 


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2

mdf

1860 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 538

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1956573 13-Feb-2018 20:07
Send private message quote this post



That is so cool. Owning one is very much on my bucket list.

Go Hawks!
876 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 49

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1956629 13-Feb-2018 21:10
Send private message quote this post

Ohhh! Shiny.  Be good to see some pics of the first things you create!


3114 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 946

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1956705 14-Feb-2018 06:29
Send private message quote this post

Nice! What will your first project be?


180 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 31

Trusted

  Reply # 1956729 14-Feb-2018 08:41
Send private message quote this post

Oh that will be fun!

 

What CAM software are you using for design and creating toolpaths? 

 

MACH3 is reasonably straight forward to figure out, just finding zero if you need to remount work pieces can be time consuming.

 

I picked up this late last year - 

 

Click to see full size

 

 




3610 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2142

Trusted
Spark NZ

  Reply # 1956763 14-Feb-2018 09:12
Send private message quote this post

Thanks people!

 

I have no idea what my first project will be. I expect a steep learning curve on the CAM side so my first project might be trying to find a cheap source of test stock that doesn't make too much mess (MDF would be awful!).

 

I'll probably start out with the Fusion360 CAM module unless there are better suggestions. I use/like F360 and it's free, plus has a huge following and lots of resources available so it seems like a good place to start.

 

First real project might be a way off but I have some sensor mounts of my race car made of 3d printed PLA at the moment and they have become bent after only a couple of events so that's likely to be the learning project.

 

The little mill/CNC above looks great. Where did you get it?

 

 

 

Cheers - N


180 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 31

Trusted

  Reply # 1956766 14-Feb-2018 09:27
Send private message quote this post

I've been using Fusion 360 (after some fun importing my Solidworks objects) and it's been working great for all standard operations and I've been slowly tuning it for better and better finish quality. The adaptive clearing toolpaths are really good for the rough cuts.

 

I've only been working in Nylon and aluminium at present and haven't had any issues, finding decent suppliers can be a real pain.

 

 

 

That machine is a direct import from the manufacturer, after some digging I found they supply one of the big chains in the EU with mills under a different colour scheme and naming convention. So far I've been really happy with it.


460 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 292


  Reply # 1958152 14-Feb-2018 17:00
Send private message quote this post

Cool toy. So are you going to do cheap milling jobs for us?




3610 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2142

Trusted
Spark NZ

  Reply # 1958153 14-Feb-2018 17:02
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

Journeyman:

 

Cool toy. So are you going to do cheap milling jobs for us?

 

 

I doubt it. I might do reasonably priced milling jobs though once I'm confident :-)

 

 

 

Cheers - N


460 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 292


  Reply # 1958617 15-Feb-2018 14:14
Send private message quote this post

Fair enough laughing


'That VDSL Cat'
8260 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1748

Trusted
Spark
Subscriber

  Reply # 1958618 15-Feb-2018 14:24
Send private message quote this post

oh hey, more toys to play with.

 

 

 

Oh you tempt me for a visit :P





#include <std_disclaimer>

 

Any comments made are personal opinion and do not reflect directly on the position my current or past employers may have.




3610 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2142

Trusted
Spark NZ

  Reply # 1965983 28-Feb-2018 16:15
Send private message quote this post

CNC has arrived. I have reassembled it to the point of being able to job all the axes around and control the spindle from the VFD. I haven't cut anything yet as I am building a dedicated bench for it with a full enclosure...

 

 

 

 

Cheers - N


1566 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 161

Subscriber

  Reply # 1966018 28-Feb-2018 17:12
Send private message quote this post

off topic, but how level is that level when its hanging like that?

 

:-) 

 

Nice bench. 

 

 




3610 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2142

Trusted
Spark NZ

  Reply # 1966065 28-Feb-2018 19:21
Send private message quote this post

Knocked up a dedicated bench for the unit after work tonight. It's a LOT stiffer than it looks plus I will screw some MDF to the back and sides to _really_ solidify it.

 

Then I'll put some adjustable feet on it and mount the controller box to the wall beside it.

 

If I wasn't getting a kitten tomorrow I'd probably have it up and running this weekend...

 

 

Cheers - N




3610 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2142

Trusted
Spark NZ

  Reply # 1972515 10-Mar-2018 19:38
2 people support this post
Send private message quote this post

First cut!!!

 

I needed a spacer for a rollcage so modeled something up to check dimensions and then milled them out of 6061.

 

 

 

 

Nice huh!!!!

 

I'm just kidding, that's mostly true. I did model it and I did print the plastic ones to check dimensions and fit, but I had those made by a friend on a real machine.

 

I did however just hack at 65% scale copy of the main shape out of a bit of pine last night using a single (but inappropriate) bit. It's only roughed (no finishing pass) and it twisted slightly (as I only had a single bolt holding it down) but it DOES WORK.

 

 

I think, given a bit of time to learn the feeds and speeds, and definitely a bit of time for the bits to arrive from China, I could probably replicate the professional ones pretty closely, albiet at MUCH lower speeds...

 

It's even more fun than the first 3d print. Man there is SO much to learn. 3d printing is childs play by comparison. I never knew what was involved in generating CAM toolpaths after the model was made. Great fun learning all about it.

 

Cheers - N

 

 




3610 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2142

Trusted
Spark NZ

  Reply # 2063208 26-Jul-2018 22:46
3 people support this post
Send private message quote this post

Well, the call of a larger machine has been strong for a while, and I was planning to build one, but I accidentally ran into someone that had a machine for sale for a bargain price so now I have 2 CNC machines in the garage :-)... The new one is much bigger and stronger, but has a horrible orphaned motion control system (with bad SW support) so I have ordered a new motion control card (and a bunch of shielded cables and NPN proximity switches)...

 

 

The steppers on the X and Y Axis are insane. 1600Oz inch Nema34s... Could probably winch a large car with them...

 

More updates as the new board arrives...

 

Cheers -N


 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Intel introduces new NUC kits and NUC mini PCs
Posted 16-Aug-2018 11:03


The Warehouse leaps into the AI future with Google
Posted 15-Aug-2018 17:56


Targus set sights on enterprise and consumer growth in New Zealand
Posted 13-Aug-2018 13:47


Huawei to distribute nova 3i in New Zealand
Posted 9-Aug-2018 16:23


Home robot Vector to be available in New Zealand stores
Posted 9-Aug-2018 14:47


Panasonic announces new 2018 OLED TV line up
Posted 7-Aug-2018 16:38


Kordia completes first live 4K TV broadcast
Posted 1-Aug-2018 13:00


Schools get safer and smarter internet with Managed Network Upgrade
Posted 30-Jul-2018 20:01


DNC wants a safer .nz in the coming year
Posted 26-Jul-2018 16:08


Auldhouse becomes an AWS Authorised Training Delivery Partner in New Zealand
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:55


Rakuten Kobo launches Kobo Clara HD entry level reader
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:44


Kiwi team reaches semi-finals at the Microsoft Imagine Cup
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:38


KidsCan App to Help Kiwi Children in Need
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:32


FUJIFILM announces new high-performance lenses
Posted 24-Jul-2018 14:57


New FUJIFILM XF10 introduces square mode for Instagram sharing
Posted 24-Jul-2018 14:44



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.