Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Cable carrier and E-stop switches installation

I finally managed to install the cable carriers and the E-stop switches. The machine looks better and better now.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

More wiring

I've received the cable carrier drag chain and emergency stop buttons on Friday. I need to install them on the machine

Cutting some foam

As the purpose of the CNC machine is to cut and carve foam, I did some testing, adapted some hot wire tools for the purpose and cut some foam I had lying around.

Cutting the logo of Aliptera

Using a hot wire tool:

Tried some 3D carving. The melted foam didn't have where to go so the bad result is expected.

The tool used:

Some more "Art"

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Tools used to build the machine

It is time to talk about the tools used to build the machine.

  • A drill press, bought specially for this purpose from Kijiji.
  • A miter saw I borrowed from my friend Ion, Ion thank you for lending it to me, without it I would have a hard time cutting all those aluminum profiles!
  • A bench grinder I made;
  • A hand drill and various other hand tools.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Wiring and table fittment

Last weekend I didn't do too much: I cut the table out of birch plywood, it is not yet attached to the moving X axis frame;

I mounted the electronics and did some wiring.

I found some neat locations for the home position switches and wired them: