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    Default Re: Predator 40 x 60

    $2400
    I bought four drives/motors along with all the cables plus shipping.

    Rob

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    George, while I have you here.

    I am going to have to modify the existing motor mounts or make new ones.

    The shafts on the Leahshine motors are about 3mm too long and the register diameter is considerable smaller that what is on the current mount.

    I doubt the register diameter is much of a problems but I prefer the make a 3mm spacer versus cutting the shafts down.

    Rob



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    Default Re: Predator 40 x 60

    I just looked at the receipt and it was closer to $2200



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    Hi Rob , you can make spacer or cut the shafts. I do have the larger motor mounts for the leadshine easy servos. But you have the stock nema 34 motor mounts for the steppers . I never knew what motors you were going to use
    Motor should fit on mount because I have sold a lot of the easy servos for machines

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    Default Re: Predator 40 x 60

    Quote Originally Posted by tinmancarving View Post
    I just looked at the receipt and it was closer to $2200
    My price on those is around $1800

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    Hello all. I found a few hours this weekend to put into the machine build.

    Here are some photos of what I was able to get done. Sorry the pictures are not so good. I am using my 6 year old Apple 3G to take them. Yes I am too cheap to upgrade my phone. Also the machine is black so it does not photograph very well with the lighting I have in the shop.

    Most of what you see here is very basic fab work. I was not sure what changes I will need to make once the machine is running so I did not want to spend a bunch of time making ""trick" pieces only to find I need to redo them later. Once it is running I will use the machine to make all the upgrade bracketry.

    In some of the photos you can see a few of the 120 holes I had to drill and counter sink to mount the table top. That was a good solid 2 hours of machine work.

    I still need to make the new motor mounts and bore out the couplers to match my motors. After that I can start on the electronics.

    Rob

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    Wow, it has been almost 2 years since I posted my last update on this project.

    I shelved the project for a while after loosing steam in the control panel layout design and wiring schematic. This year I ran across a Chinese DDCSV1.1 controller that does not use a PC and I was intrigued so I ordered one. I was impressed with the manual and the simplicity of the whole system.

    The fire for my project started again and I went into maker mode. I saw a picture of a hand pendant that had this controller integrated into it so I set out to make my own version. For the box to hold the drives and power components I was torn between buying or building. Either way I was torn about the size so I elected to build a temporary panel system from MDF and some thin lexan I had laying around to help me develop the layout.

    Fast forward and the project has come together nicely and I now have a completely functioning CNC router. My wife is very happy to seen this thing running. Me too.

    I have only cut one part....which was a sword from MDF for my youngest son. He kept asking me to have a “Man's night out” so we could make weapons and play. I figured this was a good project to introduce him to a CNC. It was fun and he was excited. He has a list of things for me to make now.

    Last night my sister-in-law dropped by to have my wife help her draw a poster for her son's college graduation party. It was going to be the school logo with his name and such.

    I saw an opportunity to try something new so I downloaded a .JPG file of the school logo and converted the lines to a DXF file using Corel Draw. Imported that into my CAM system and put down some engraving tool path.

    I was not planning on engraving it...but rather draw it with the machine. I looked at some images of pen holders that go in a collet spindle online to gather some ideas. Went into the shop and took inventory of what I had on hand and proceeded to make a simple version of what I saw on the internet.

    The program took about 16 minutes to run...but the results were fantastic. The sister-in-law has not seen it yet, but I am sure she will be happy with it.

    This opens up a whole new vein of projects for me.

    I think next I am going to try to add a laser cutter to the arsenal. Just gotta figure out if I can control the pulse with my current software.

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