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Red_boards Sun 30 January 2011 22:24

Gantry end assembly. Is this correct
I've studied the plans and flipped the parts and understand that cabling management depends where you bring the cables in, but I'm still unsure whether I have the correct bits bolted together, so I'd thought I'd check before squaring and welding.
I'm attempting to build a "standard" MM according to the plans.
Much appreciated.

Alan_c Sun 30 January 2011 22:38

The part on the left is correct, but the one on the right is not, the bent end closures must point up, so that they cover the ends of the gantry tubes.

You also need to swop the end closures on each side, on the left side the one with the slot on the side must face into the centre, on the right side you must rotate and swop ends so the tab that the cable chain connects to must point down with the triangular hole in side facing the centre. When assembled with the gantry tubes these two with the slots/holes on the sides will be on either end of the same gantry tube (which will be the rear one once on the table)

Red_boards Mon 31 January 2011 16:16

will be on either end of the same gantry tube
Key bit of info. Thanks. The option tags on the plans are good, but confused me a bit.

As for getting things upside down. Shows what happens when you get too close to the thing and plans and forget the big picture.

Many thanks.

riesvantwisk Mon 31 January 2011 17:57

May be I am wrong, but it looks like that the left is incorrect, The closures on the left one need to be pointing down. And the closures on the right one need to be swapped.

May be this will help visualizing
The sketchup doesn't show the different type closures though.

to be sure, search on the forums to get some pictures of people ;)

Alan_c Mon 31 January 2011 22:48

See this thread for some pics, remember the gantry in post 3 is upside down on the table.

riesvantwisk Tue 01 February 2011 05:15

I was trying to look that up in google, but google doesn't have any pictures of the forum anymore :(

Gerald D Tue 01 February 2011 09:26

Google should never have had pictures of the forum because they were always "behind" the password.

riesvantwisk Wed 02 February 2011 11:59


you are correct and my wordings are incorrect, I used to use google to find the topics and then beable to find the pictures. This doesn't seem to work anymore.

Red_boards Wed 02 February 2011 18:37

Originally Posted by Alan_c View Post
See this thread for some pics, remember the gantry in post 3 is upside down on the table.
Thanks, Alan. I'd been referring to that thread quite a bit.

Is the gantry in post 1 a view of the "far" side that opposes the "near side" pics in Post 3?

I think I'm getting it. I'll mock it all up with bolts and clamps and then it should sink in.

Ries. Thanks I've downloaded Sketchup and will study your model.

AuS MaDDoG Sat 05 February 2011 01:21

Red These may help you !!


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