I'm not sure what you are saying here, but if I parse the text correctly no it wouldn't work.I was thinking about having the rotary axis rotating at a steady rpm. Then have the Y axis steady speed back and forth. Would this idea work? Eventually it would cut the thing without me being there? I am sure there are better ways. Maybe a simple toolpath program?
There is no simple answer here because there have been a number of ways to do this over the years including tracer machines.If I add a Z axis will it be able to plunge and rise when the probe/stock dictates so? Or will it rise up/down without a Z motor, with just the probe?
The split between manual and automatic work is up to you.I will be making gunstocks and am talking about the receiver well, barrel chamber. I could fill a duplicated stock so there is no drastic height differences. Then manually plunge the rest?
In my personal opinion that would be a bad idea. It is a lot of money to throw away on a piece of junk. The ideal situation here would be a large 4 axis machine if the stock could be fixtures properly. That is a big if so maybe starting with a smaller 3 axis machine is in order. This still would require significant fixture building but at least the stock could be held securelyI am thinking about going this route to get in cheap, start to learn the software, motors and basic cnc.
If you are going to spend that much on a stock duplicator you might as well buy or build a real CNC machine. Yes when all is said and done it will cost a bit more but it will likely be cheaper in the long run. Your only problem here is size, the router will need to be fairly long, ideally a foot longer than your stock. And it would need to be fairly wide as you would need clamping positions for left and right sides plus the top.But have a product to fund my real cnc.
My thoughts go for a dollar a minute! 😜😜😜😜Hope this makes sense!
Penny for your thoughts
In any event im pretty much convinced that you can start out with a simple router machine here. That is a three axis machine to greatly reduce your manual work. However the machine is nothing here, your big cost will be in CAD/CAM software. To do this right you need a solid model of the stock. An alternative would be to have the stock scanned on a 3D scanner, even then you will still need CAD/CAM tools.
Try searching the net for CNC stock making.