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Old Sun 04 October 2009, 15:32
oddname
Just call me: frallan #57
 
skane
Sweden
Scandinavia has a new MechMate! #57 - Skane, Sweden

Well, hello there boys and girls

New Swede on the block!

Just recently came across this amazing machine and its site.
So of course like many of you, I got a bloody urge to start building.
Not really a beginner, did my own little gantrymill this summer, but of the size is never enough :P


Just a little show-off what I did.


Tips what to think about and do first are welcome, started planning some today, and sent out a request for lasercuttingprices for the essentials
And if you are Swedish, feel free to pm with info where to get stuff or other related things.

So thats allt from me for now.

Peace out!

//oddname (Marcus H)
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Old Sun 04 October 2009, 15:41
kooskoek
Just call me: Dave
 
Centurion
South Africa
good luck
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Old Sun 04 October 2009, 16:59
jhiggins7
Just call me: John #26
 
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Frallan,

Welcome to the Forum. If you are getting bids on laser cut and bent parts, you are already well along.

Most people either start with the Control Box, which is more electrical or the table which is more mechanical. I started with the Control Box because I'm more familiar with electronics than metal working and because I had some used Stepper motors to test. But it's a personal choice. Of course if you start with the table you will very soon have a large machine to show and you will need to have a space for it...which tends to "commit" you to complete the project.
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Old Sun 04 October 2009, 20:52
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Welcome Frallan,
For more info on specific builds, try the
MechMates already cutting
section.
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Old Sun 04 October 2009, 21:04
Bill McGuire
Just call me: Bill
 
Weiser, Idaho
United States of America
Welcome Frallan,

Nice to see you on board...
Nice looking mill you did. You're way ahead of the game if you are already familiar with the concepts and parts. All you need is an enlargement...
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Old Mon 05 October 2009, 03:30
oddname
Just call me: frallan #57
 
skane
Sweden
The thing im thinking about atm is, do I really need lasercut parts?
What difference would water make except that the engraving wouldng be there (or maybe water can be as gentle as laser?)

Laser would be harder to find as for water it can be found locally.
So shoot the answer at me!
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Old Mon 05 October 2009, 03:40
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Water cut is okay
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Old Mon 05 October 2009, 03:46
oddname
Just call me: frallan #57
 
skane
Sweden
Great, just a little messier finding the spots for some things I guess?
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Old Mon 05 October 2009, 05:02
oddname
Just call me: frallan #57
 
skane
Sweden
And my first progress is finally done,
Printed the plans, cant have a site calling us not serious without printing can we?
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Old Mon 05 October 2009, 12:16
oddname
Just call me: frallan #57
 
skane
Sweden
And I found out that my local cutter also has laser and everything cnc-related you can think of.

Is there a upside of using laser for this compared to water? Besided engraving capabilities.
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Old Mon 05 October 2009, 12:56
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Laser is less expensive than water over here.
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Old Wed 07 October 2009, 03:53
oddname
Just call me: frallan #57
 
skane
Sweden
Right now I would appreciate some help with the table.
Planning to get the materials for it first since its easier with payment and shopping atm.

Could someome do me the favor of writing down the parts needed and the numbers?
I get a bit confused on how many you need of each
I mean something like this 2pc 50x100x1000 L-iron as an example
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Old Wed 07 October 2009, 05:12
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
Hi Frallan,

I have listed the steel required and the Qty of each required in my thread http://www.mechmate.com/forums/showt...?t=1919&page=2 My sizes are calculated on a sheet size of 2440mm x1220mm. Hope that helps you.

Cheers
Tony.
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Old Wed 07 October 2009, 05:54
oddname
Just call me: frallan #57
 
skane
Sweden
Exactly like that, but 99-100% by the plans though
Tried mixing my ideas with others before with less luck :P

But if i get your list right you just use regular square profiles instead of the round ones with pressed ends?
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Old Thu 08 October 2009, 15:04
oddname
Just call me: frallan #57
 
skane
Sweden
Sitting here now planning on which metal to get and im stuck at 10 10 310 W and its friend. Is a 38x50 or similar rectangular good enough as replacements for this one?
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Old Thu 08 October 2009, 21:00
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Yes, rectangular (or square) tubes are good replacements for the round tubes.
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Old Thu 08 October 2009, 21:32
jehayes
Just call me: Joe #53
 
Whidbey Island, Washington
United States of America
Wellcome Frallen: This whole thing is a lot of fun, thanks to a great design and a good bunch of guys who will help whenever needed! (I just realized, are there no girls building MechMates? If not, why not? )
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Old Thu 08 October 2009, 22:08
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Joe,
What about Donna's Build
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Old Fri 09 October 2009, 11:04
jehayes
Just call me: Joe #53
 
Whidbey Island, Washington
United States of America
Re: Donna's Build

Heath: You're right, I had forgotten about that one. Glad to see we are blessed with a distaff project! (And it looks like a good one, too!) Thanks

Joe
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Old Sun 11 October 2009, 17:47
oddname
Just call me: frallan #57
 
skane
Sweden
Thinking about the mainbeam, having trouble finding one that is 70x180x70 and 21kg/m

Will a 60x180x60 at 13.2kg/m work or is it too weak?


Edit: just found the type i wanted, wasnt a regular profile as i thought
But still will it work? OR i need the 20-21kg/m beam.

Last edited by oddname; Sun 11 October 2009 at 17:52..
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Old Sun 11 October 2009, 23:06
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
It will work, but you will have more table flex, vibrations and a rougher cut than people using 20 kg/meter.
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Old Thu 15 October 2009, 11:35
oddname
Just call me: frallan #57
 
skane
Sweden
Gotten quotes for all the metall and now im just waiting for le cash, starting with some sheetmetal from a nice forumdweller =)

The heavy steel wasnt a nice surprise in pricing, but still cheaper than I thought.
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Old Fri 16 October 2009, 08:17
oddname
Just call me: frallan #57
 
skane
Sweden
About to order some v-groove bearings from Rick but i was thinking about the fastening of them.

How do you metricguys fasten them since the bearings have imperial-measurements?
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Old Fri 16 October 2009, 08:49
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
The bearings are actually metric!

12mm bolts are a perfect fit.
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Old Fri 16 October 2009, 08:55
oddname
Just call me: frallan #57
 
skane
Sweden
Even though the measurements are in inch?

Oh well, I'll order, seems it should fit :P And most here gets from them.

Last edited by oddname; Fri 16 October 2009 at 08:59..
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Old Fri 16 October 2009, 10:02
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Are these the dimensions that you say are in inches?:

We use the GW3 size - that 0.4724" is 12.00mm. The nearest inch bolt to fit will be 7/16", which is only 0.4375" (11.11mm). The metric 12mm bolt is a perfect fit.

(Conversion inches to mm is exactly a factor of 25.4000000000)
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Old Fri 16 October 2009, 11:24
oddname
Just call me: frallan #57
 
skane
Sweden
Great, ordered the stuff and my first parts are finally otw
Next to come (order prepared, pay 25th) is from cncbasher and all the beautiful lasered parts.
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Old Fri 16 October 2009, 12:08
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Right! You are now past the planning stage, so your thread is moved to the "construction started" section.
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Old Fri 16 October 2009, 13:55
oddname
Just call me: frallan #57
 
skane
Sweden
Awesome

This will probably be the dullest buildersthread though :P
Need money for the steel, which wont hit me nicely
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Old Fri 16 October 2009, 15:21
kooskoek
Just call me: Dave
 
Centurion
South Africa
Angry

I also hit a dead end, work, work, work ashamed haven't had time for mechmate.

Very sad, whiles working to earn a living my mind often wonders in steps, sometimes x direction, sometimes y, mostly z.
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