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Been talking about a 5 axis CNC machine for quite some time now. Since no one is going to be donating one anytime soon… we are going to build one.

We were considering using iron castings. But really don't want to wait the 4 to 6 months for the casting to be stress relieved. So we are mostly going to base it on H beams (roughly 9in tall by 10 inchs wide).

Once surface ground they will have a nice locations for linear rails as the flanges are just over an inch thick.

We already have 5 sets of brand new THK rails… each has 6 sets of SHS15R3 and two 600mm rails. thk_shs15.jpg

Unfortunately the H beams alone won't dampen the vibrations of the machine enough. So we will fill the H beams with epoxy granite, a blend of epoxy, sand, filler and other aggregate. E/G has about 10 times the damping of cast iron and is widely used in making precision machine bases.

For the A and B axis, we will probably use something like: 3700cncpic.jpg For the price its very accurate. Maybe some day we can upgrade to something like this: At roughly 4k a pop. Motor for rotary: PK569PMA-R28

So with all that attached to the head and the spindle we will need some way to counterbalance the weight. So we will use something like:

Pneumatic tension springs.

We still need to pick a spindle, one with auto tool change ability. And all sorts of other little bits…. should be fun.

5_axis_milling_machine.txt · Last modified: 2013/08/13 12:13 (external edit)