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Project There is No Kill Like Overkill

Discussion in 'CNC Mills/Routers' started by drxlcarfreak, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. drxlcarfreak

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    Wow! Nothing like doubling the price of your build to reclaim 10" of work space. Sometime overkill is just right, but I think this is WAY over. Build two mills and get double the work area, plus you won't have to write your own software.
     
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    The dual gantry isn't something I would do initially, or probably at all. I just wanted The provisions for it in case I wanted more production out of The same footprint. The added 10" is a benefit, but the main reason I thought to do is to increase overall cutting speed. The average I have seen on this site is 50ipm, two gantries would effectively double the speed. Granted it wouldn't be fully double, since the way I see it I would break the code into 3 parts. 2 where each machine can do it's own thing and not worry about the other, and a 3rd to have one do the little interference strip in the middle. Most of the pieces I envision doing are 24x24 anyways, so I could also run 2 pieces at once with no worries.

    My main concern right now it the structure of it being sound enough to cut at full depth of 6/6.5".
     
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    I actually had a thought recently while designing the 2x4 setup, to just bite the bullet and build a 1500x1500 machine. I put together a model to mimic the same allowable deflection gantry as the 750mm C-beam Xlarge. I think it was somewhere in the range of 0.028mm vertically and 0.14mm horizontally with a 10kg load. Using just MOI and assuming the pieces are rigidly bolted together this beam is right there, with 0.03mm vertically and 0.11mm horizontally.

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    It's a pretty overkill beam, but in reality, the overall footprint is almost the same as the C beam plus the support.

    Looking quickly through the numbers, it looks like this will be about a $250 premium to double the size of my cutting area. I am trying to decide to bite to bullet and try and find room for it in my garage, or stick with a more run of the mill machine that has been tried and true. Any input is welcome!

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