I have a variety of custom woodworking machines I want to produce.
These involve various combinations of linear bearings, actuators and air piston logic.
What I need advice on is the the actual spindle and something to drive it with.
The diameter of the tooling depends on the footprint of the spindle.
There will be some side load on the the spindle so the bearings need to be able to support this.
The tooling itself will likely be an aluminum body with insert cutters.
The machine I am interested in initially will a radial arm type shaper that trims the edge of cabinet doors. The maximum cut depth would be approximately 3 X 25 mm, possibly in a climb cut direction.
I am really good at identifying the business need for this machine but pretty weak with the machinist knowledge.
Can anybody point me towards some basic information about spindles, how to mount them and how to actuate them?
I sure would appreciate this a lot.
I don't believe you can use an aluminum tool body. It's not nearly strong enough, and would be very dangerous. 3mm x 25mm is a pretty heavy cut.
As for spindles, you might want to talk to these guys.
Mach3 2010 Screenset
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