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Old Thu 25 January 2018, 15:56
Just call me: Dan
Avon, IN
United States of America
Anyone ever built a 5 axis router

Not sure where to put this so if it is in the wrong area, please excuse.

I have been looking at a lot of 5 axis CNC router builds and was wondering if anyone here has put the two additional axis on a MechMate. I did a search for 5 axis and nothing came up. I can see where some have discussed a four axis machine.

I was particularly looking to have the 4th and 5th axis mounted to the Z axis slide. I did not want to have some added device mounted to the table or elsewhere.

Just wanted to see what might have been done by those building (have built) MechMates

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Old Fri 26 January 2018, 07:32
Tom Ayres
Just call me: Tom #117
Bassett (VA)
United States of America
Some of us have built 4th axis (rotary) and at one point talk of a 5 axis but I'm not sure if anyone has posted anything recently. I suggest taking a look through the builds.
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Old Fri 26 January 2018, 11:38
Just call me: Ger
Detroit, MI
United States of America
I think there's a 5 axis machine here somewhere, but it's a plasma cutter.
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Old Sun 25 March 2018, 19:48
Just call me: Pete #98
South-Central Pennsylvania
United States of America
Build and add a trunion and you have your 5 axis machine however the software to program one is extremely expensive. That is most likely the reason you have not seen one. A multi-positional head creates some dynamic forces that I think would require some engineering to the current model design.
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Old Fri 30 March 2018, 16:56
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
4axis yes - 5....I found that it was cheaper and easier to buy a used Funac or other Robotarm for the same use.
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Old Sat 04 August 2018, 09:40
Just call me: Rory
Cape Town
South Africa
I tried it, and like the other posters said,

The problem is the high cost of software, Getting Delcam or mastercam to program a custom Kinematic post processor is very expensive.

definitley not hobby grade
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