I worked at a battery manufacturer several years and they were about to scrap several assembly lines. Some of these assembly lines contained multiple precision slides. I was able to get my hands three of these.
I saved a few of these slides from the land fill, did some mods, cut/ milled/ drilled/ tapped and came up with this 3 axis router.
I removed the manual knobs, made some nema23 mounts and mounted the steppers that I also saved from the local landfill, mounted a Ryobi router and made the clock you see in the back ground in the first pic.
I was lucky enough to get two (2) scrap PC's from my local high school. I used them both to make one working PC, I gutted the other one to make a case to hold my other "stuff"
The two switches at the top of the right computer case control line voltage to my power supplies and router.
Left=PC Right=stuff holder
These power supplies were also headed to the land fill. The two on the right are voltage regulated 24VDC @ 3.5 amps. I ran them in parallel to supply 24VDC @ 7 amps to my Chinese board (lol). The single lower one only runs my cooling fans. That would be two PC fans at 12 volts each in series so I can use the available 24 VDC supply. Isn't this a fun hobby?
Yea it's the Chinese board but I'm cheap. Right now I only have the price of the board invested in this. Board = $9.99, freight - $39.00. Rounded that's 50 bux. What can I say, I got lucky. If everything goes well, I'll do the Gecko thing, homing switches, larger table and anything else I can think of. But hey, it works for me.
I can remove the router and install the dremel with just a couple of bolts.
It's difficult to set this up for a picture but ...
I removed the silver part from the back of a mirror. I have have this tile set away from the wall with a flashlight behind it to make it glow. What I have in mind is setting this in a box frame with some back lighting with LED's or maybe a night light. The whole deer outline will glow with the proper back lighting.
Yes you can punch right through glass without breaking it. I had Z a little deep. oops
@sirkossorg, thanks I sure enjoyed the challenge it created building something from expensive components since I didn't have to buy them. The down side to that is if one of the slides tears up for whatever reason, I can't afford to purchase another one.
@ slowlearner The 6" width by 12" travel slide with a manual knob was $407 in the price sheet I have dated Jan 1, 2003
[QUOTE=IBBruin;1047106]@sirkossorg, thanks I sure enjoyed the challenge it created building something from expensive components since I didn't have to buy them. The down side to that is if one of the slides tears up for whatever reason, I can't afford to purchase another one.
Maybe true, but it probably won't get run over by a truck. A part of an assembly that fails can often be replaced for a reasonable price. I'm guessing between your luck and resourcefulness, you will be making chips for a long time.
A few electronics case mods. E-stop for the g540 and a fan mounted low in the front of the case blowing out should compliment the back fan mounted high blowing in. I should get enough airflow through the case to keep things cool enough here in the deep south.