At Last, at last my CNC is here !
And I just have to install it, which is a big job
We'll do this together, let's go
We're not going to go through all the boxes
But I just wanted to point out AvidCNC's great work on parceling
as an example the leg gussets
It's a simple metal part but
each is packaged individually
Everithing is packed and labeled like that ; well done
You can see it is nice and neat
Not veau easy alone, it would be better with four hands
The online documentation is accessible (I'll put links in the bio)
and is very clear, it isn't possible to go wrong
Fully tighten !
Isn't this begging to look like a CNC ?
I'm having a blast assembling all this, a bit long but really well thought
Everything fits perfectly with the right number of screws
little bags with labels
I now have cabled the whole machine to feed the motors
and various limit switches
They now have put the limit switches on the gantry (green things)
instead of on the end of the frame
it used to stick out here
Much better like this !
I still have to gather up all the wires
cher is quite a lot
X in blue, Y in red and Z in green
... X in blue
It is allready wired for a 4th axis named A
And here are the limit switch connecters for all the machine
Here is the inside
The power supplies for the motors
the controllers down there and here the ethernet board
Of course I've protected these circuits with
a surge arrester that regulates the tension even if there is no thunderstorm
giving a very stable tension to protect all of this
Here is the spindle wire
I'm going to mary them
This grey cable is for the 2 enclosures to communicate
Last part of the assembly with the
plate that allows the spindle to be fastened to the gantry
and this other plate which allows
the tramming of the spindle, the vertical orientation in regard to the spoilboard
and it's not very complicated
ah it is in fact...
I just need the right nuts
This spindle is a 2,2 kw
with an ER 20 collet
any diameter can be mounted
The most diligent of you all will have notice it has turned around
in fact it is much wider than long
1,9 long and 2,1 m wide
so I preferred to turn it this way, at least for now
The enclosures are quite noisy
with their big fans
I might put them further away
I don't know yet
This is the start configuration
It may change if I extend the machine
it is possible to extend it
in this direction
The Y axis can be extended as long as I have extrusions and wires
The gantry can move to infinity
In that cas I'll have to turn it round
and take it further into the workshop
It would change my whole shop setup, not quite there yet !
Let's start this machine
see already ???
Yeah, it's alive, it's alive !
It should come here at 0 - 0
Homing isn't very fast
This little green sensor
is going to this this magnetic switch
The homing is relatively slow
bot have a look at the normal use, not sped up here
That's better !
It has found the zero on this plate
and by deduction it knows the zero on my work piece
First crash with no damage, I'll try again
the surfacing test hasn't worked
becase I had a 1/4 bit
instead of a 1/2 inch bit, so I'll do it again on the B side
First test, quite worrying
because I don't now the machine, I don't know how it works
I don't yet know how it works
It is perfectly flat, nothing to say !
I can guess the bit marks going back and fourth
but it in perfectly flat !
that's a good start !
As a complete CNC and
3D modeling newbie
All of this is quite terrifying !
But I still managed to get results
I didn't draw this but
I managed to get the machine going and we'll go ahead soon
Yes I did switch off....
The first milling went ok finally, even of I crashed
It was all my fault after all
This type of machine does not pardon the user
The machine didn't get it wrong, it was the user !
if there are accidents or errors it is the user to be blamed
the machine works !!
no pity and it is a bit worrying !
I'll learn, I'll learn to use Mach 4
the GCode software
I'll learn how to draw
all the tricks on the go
I've already been through all sorts of documents before having the machine
I've spent hours on YT watching
I know all of Frank Howarth's films by heart
I'm now joining this club
I feel like beeing part of a club
with an AvidCNC
The next step is the spoilboard
with it's surfacing
I don't know if I'll film that because it not one of my designs
It is a design by AvidCNC
I didn't show you all the machine assembly
it is not that exciting, not exciting to film at least
it's very hard to film small parts on a big project
If one day you have a machine like this
You'll have pleasure setting it up
a bit like Meccano or Lego
Just read the manual and you'll make it !
Quickly just before the conclusion here is my new desk
made out of the kitchen table
I cut the foot from the side and the back
It will be quick and at least you'll have at least some wood in this film
we'll conclude just after
I hope you are able to have some holidays
change horizons, air, people
it's always nice
Next Saturday we'll have a FAQ video
with all of your questions
if you have more, please put them down below
What are you going to do with a CNC ?
How much does it cost ? How do I import one ?
Why this one ?
what are the capacities ?
and much more, please write down your questions
and I'll answer to all of that next Saturday
Bye to all !