Next up is a full tear down and paint job, designing the Z-mounts and ordering the Z-ballscrew, as well as the enclosure lower frame fabrication. Here is the solidworks rendering of the enclosure. The lower half is made of a 1.25"x1.25" steel tubing frame. A stainless steel chip pan gets dropped in from the top (bolted down). Then the top of the enclosure is going to be laser cut and bent 16 gauge steel painted to match the soon to be paintjob on the mill. Im still trying to decide on a shade of white. Also trying to figure out what I want to do for the door sliding mechanism on the enclosure.
My options on the door so far are:
- One door sliding from the inside, tracks hidden, but hole needed to be cut on the side like a haas mini mill
- One door sliding from the outside, tracks visible
- Two doors sliding from the inside like a Fadal
Here are the stainless way covers coming from Petefromtn (thanks!)
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And here is the enclosure thus far. The door on the side is to access the underbelly where I will have the coolant resovoir. Purple is the stainless chip tray: