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Skillet_ZA
05-19-2018, 06:34 AM
Hi All

I am based in Cape Town and has just started building my first CNC.

I am building a Root 3 CNC (https://rootcnc.com/machines/root-3/) but with my guide rails at 40x40mm.

I will start a build progress thread as soon as I start receiving my first parts.

Looking forward to contributing and learning from the other members here.

Cheers!

ockert
07-07-2018, 01:53 PM
Welcome Skillet. I moved to Somerset West from Port Elizabeth a year ago. I have been working on a Tormach PCNC770 for a year and during that time I also converted my BF20L milling machine to a CNC machine. I run it with Mach3 and is also still learning the ropes.

Regards
Ockert

Skillet_ZA
07-08-2018, 03:23 AM
Welcome Skillet. I moved to Somerset West from Port Elizabeth a year ago. I have been working on a Tormach PCNC770 for a year and during that time I also converted my BF20L milling machine to a CNC machine. I run it with Mach3 and is also still learning the ropes.

Regards
Ockert


Hi Ockert

Great to hear from someone local! I have to admit that I am so new to this that I had to go google the machines you mentioned above.

These are some serious machinces and so far out of me DIY build’s league!

I am waiting for most of my items to still arrive from overseas so my project has not gotten Of it’s feet yet. I need to wait to get my gantry plates cut in any way. I did not have much luck with this so far. I ended up thinking of asking a family member to lasercut these from 6mm MDF and then just glue them up to make 18mm thick plates. I can then mill proper plates when the machine starts running. I also got some designing practice using Fusion 360 to create my own dxf’s for these.

Are you using your machines as a hobby or to generate income? These are obviously metal capable machines. I would be very impressed if I manage to mill some aluminum with my build, even if I need to mill shallow and slow.

Oh! And welcome to the Western Cape!!!

Keep in touch!
Jacques

ericks
07-08-2018, 01:13 PM
Hi Jacques, welcome:) Looking forward to see your build. I moved from Rustenburg to Adelaide few years ago...

Skillet_ZA
07-12-2018, 01:09 AM
Hi Jacques, welcome:) Looking forward to see your build. I moved from Rustenburg to Adelaide few years ago...

Hi Erick

Thank you!!

Are you still into CNC down there?

Pottas
02-14-2019, 02:41 PM
Hi Skillet

Any progress on your machine.I am where you were a year ago.The dreadful design phase.Any info on local suppliers for good quality structural aluminium profiles.I am looking to build a 1.2 x 1.8 meter CNC router.

All the best

Johnmarc100
04-18-2019, 01:05 PM
Hi Pottas

Another year has gone by (or is it longer) cos I am where you were when you wrote to Skillet ha ha

Just wondering if you have made progress. I have just joined so new to this forum, you might well have posted something somewhere else about your build, I will check. If so ignore this will catch you on the other side

Cheers John Marc

Hi Skillet

Any progress on your machine.I am where you were a year ago.The dreadful design phase.Any info on local suppliers for good quality structural aluminium profiles.I am looking to build a 1.2 x 1.8 meter CNC router.

All the best

ericks
04-18-2019, 06:42 PM
Hi Erick

Thank you!!

Are you still into CNC down there?

Hi....sorry i somehow missed your post. Yes still into and loving it:)

Skillet_ZA
04-19-2019, 03:03 AM
Hi Jacques, welcome:) Looking forward to see your build. I moved from Rustenburg to Adelaide few years ago...

I have missed the updates on this thread. I will really need to spend some time on this machine again. I will make a point of taking some new pictures and come and post here. By the look of this thread it seems that I should not complete the machine at all if I plan to stay in Cape Town. Is the whole of SA in Australia!?!

ericks
04-19-2019, 03:13 AM
I have missed the updates on this thread. I will really need to spend some time on this machine again. I will make a point of taking some new pictures and come and post here. By the look of this thread it seems that I should not complete the machine at all if I plan to stay in Cape Town. Is the whole of SA in Australia!?!

Thanks....i am waiting to see your progress:)
Yes i think there are lots of us here and many still moving over. I just finished my own build, it was great but there are still a few bit's to do. Problem is too many projects going on...