It has finally come that I must stop lurking and start building. I have been following you all here for more than a year now, And I have to thank everyone who has contributed to these forums. The willingness to share knowledge is amazing, and greatly appreciated.
As for the machine I am planning it will be 34" x 60" +-, that is the size of a steel frame table that I acquired, this will fit what I want to do with the machine, rc airplane parts and cabinet door engraving. It must be able to handle a foam sheet 28" x 40" a 6" Z would be good. The material I am planning to cut is pretty much standard, foam, plywood, MDF, and aluminum.
I bought a HobbyCnC board about a year ago It has been soldered together and tested, I am planning to use Mach3 with a dedicated P4 computer to run it.
I have 3 small stepper motors the tag on them says Howard IND, P/N 1-19-4200,12.0V DC 3.6degrees, I am hoping that with some proper gearing they will be strong enough, I am not looking for fast speeds, more for repeatable accuracy.
I am planning belt drive for the X & Y Axis and 3/4" threaded rod for the Z, similar to Planekrazie's On to CNC #2 5'x4' Foot Print
I acquired a couple of pieces of new equipment to help me build this thing. I know you all like CnC Porn so I will try to provide as many pictures of my progress as possible for starters here is the new equipment being offloaded and set up in my shop
This will not be a fast build I am hoping to see chips flying within 4 months, thank you for staying with me