Ever since I stumbled upon this forum I have doodled on every available surface my designs for CNC machines.
Most of these will never get past the cigarette packet stage, some of them get further, most will never be built due to my own machining / money / time constraints.
This one however was built to be in line with something I could create given the free time I have and the machining capabilities I have, money however will slow it down significantly so I thought I would share my design in the hope of giving something back for all those happy hours of reading and ogling pictures of machined hunks of metal.
-The maximum length I can reasonably machine in one go without re-setting and affecting accuracy is 400mm.
- Space to put the machine is an issue so it will definitely not be a big machine
Since I tent to doodle in cad I end up with a relatively finished drawing like so;
Looking side on at the X -Y Axis
Looking at the front of the machine.
Z Axis Column
The machine started out as a Horizontal machining centre with the column spaced as wide as the rails on the Y-Axis but gradually mutated into the VMC in the drawing, this is why the Y axis is rather long.
Not Sure if I want to leave it like that yet as it means to make use of the available space I need one heck of a spindle mount;