I am about to start working with a Taig mill and I just had a couple questions first. My friend purchased this package on a recommendation from another friend of his who owns one, and is doing the same type of work that he and I intend to do
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Now I've been doing a bit of reading, and I'm pretty sure I've figured out just about enough to break something ;D, but I've seen that most people when they talk about their rigs, always mention their motor controller. It's most commonly the Gecko G540. Does this package come with some sort of stock motor controller, and these people are just mentioning their upgrade? Or is a motor controller something we need to purchase? Anything else that I need to make this thing ACTUALLY cnc ready?
Also, we intend to be milling 4in x 4in x 1/3in blocks of 7075 Aluminum for injection molding small plastic parts. Do I need to purchase/devise some sort of coolant pump, or can I take some sort of other measures?
About tooling, I've been looking at all kinds, and for the types of parts we're going to be milling, I think I'm going to need a small 'V' cutter, a 1/16 endmill, and a couple different sizes of micro endmills, as well as a large facemill, relatively large to what we'll be doing, for squaring up oversize stock. Any other suggestions for tooling, the parts are pretty intricate, but there will be no undercuts or anything like that, also, does anyone have any recommendations where I can get those types of cutters for cheap, so I dont have to worry about breaking them? They can be chinese imports, I'll buy some good american made ones when I figure out what I'm doing ;D.
Are there any other considerations I'm missing? FYI Intend to use Solidworks, SolidCAM, and MACH3. Is this going to cause any problems as far as compatibility?
A pre-emptive thank you for your time,