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  #241  
Old Sun 08 August 2010, 00:02
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
Finally

Glad to Report we are finally on too the last of the painting!!

Paul and I finally got around to painting most of the smaller parts for both our MM's. We also managed to paint all the racks and some of the rails, so we are starting to get there now!!





Hopefully next weekend we shall finish the rails and make a start on both gantrys and cars before then tackling both the tables

Paul has also been doing a bit of work behind the scene getting all our electrical sorted out, he brought my Bob board down on the weekend so thought I would throw up a photo of that and the painted parts.



Cheers
Tony.
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  #242  
Old Tue 10 August 2010, 03:19
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
Update!!

Spider starting to take shape





Cheers
Tony.
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  #243  
Old Sat 14 August 2010, 03:33
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
Lookin Very Very Blue !!!

Hey all,

More painting done today!! finished all the rails and a couple of little bits and pieces we missed on the last painting day.

We managed to get both gantrys and both cars painted today, and pretty happy with the end result

Done some prep work on the wheel set up for Pauls table and I have decided do do exactly the same for mine, so will be buying some wheels through the week. So hopefully steel for the wheels for both tables, should be fitted and primed next week ready for the final paint there after of both tables

Anyway enough of me raving on in excitment and on to the photos

















I also purchased 2 x Mach 3's today for our control computers so will be starting to move with that soon too.

Come on Paul lets see what you been up too with all the electrical and electronics side of our builds no need to be shy!! I wanna see it! !

Cheers
Tony.

Last edited by AuS MaDDoG; Sat 14 August 2010 at 03:41..
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  #244  
Old Sat 14 August 2010, 04:42
Neil
Just call me: Neil
 
Tas
Australia
A great thread

Hi Tony
I am also looking forward to the completion of your machine as I have been following your informative thread from the begining, you are making very professional looking machines. I have just started on my machine which is based on virtually the same dimensions as yours.

Regards Neil
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  #245  
Old Sat 14 August 2010, 05:46
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Gee, did you have to paint the WHOLE groundsheet??!!
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  #246  
Old Sat 14 August 2010, 06:55
Surfcnc
Just call me: Ross #74
 
Queensland
Australia
You just keep right on ticking the boxes there Tony and Paul.
It is always good to see your progress.

Regards
Ross
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  #247  
Old Sat 14 August 2010, 15:25
smreish
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Orlando, Florida
United States of America
...G, that's funny!
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  #248  
Old Sat 21 August 2010, 02:45
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
No Way Gerald!!
Its just a very popular colour

Done a little bit of pre assembly today just to gather some of the parts together to provide a little bit more space to work in the garage. Attached some of the MM vinyl loggo's today, really makes it look the part now

Steel supports and wheels should be mounted and primed for both tables tomorrow, so hopefully from here it is all down hill to the finish











Cheers
Tony.
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  #249  
Old Sun 22 August 2010, 06:33
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
MMM's Mobile MechMate's

Hi All,

Last of the fabrication finished today after finishing welding and bolting the wheels to both tables. MM's are both now very mobile, and move with ease

We have set the wheels so that when the Adjusta Feet are wound up, the table then sits on the wheels providing approx 30mm clearance.
If more clearance is required for whatever reason the feet could be removed all together and would provide 75mm clearance from the ground to the underside plate on the bottom of each leg which should more than enough to tackle the roughest surface.







I think I should have fitted the wheels to the tables much earlier in the build, as it is now so easy to move the table around

Just got to finish the painting of both tables now and then its on to the final final assembly and setup.

Cheers
Tony.
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  #250  
Old Sat 04 September 2010, 02:58
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
Hi All !!

Drilled and painted all the holes in the steel cross supports for bolting up the base board, boy am I glad thats now outa the way
Skippy also started assembly of his spider and the last of the bob mounting boards.
Too windy and the threat of rain halted the painting of the tables so that will need to wait until hopefully next weekend, then its on to the final assemble and commisioning

Cheers
Tony.
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  #251  
Old Sat 11 September 2010, 09:13
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
Tables Painted !! Now on to The Final Assembly

Hey All!!

We finally had some absolutely awesome weather today so we got stuck right into the table painting.

First up was my table





Skippy got stuck into cutting up our empty Bundy Rum cans for shims, I think we shall have more than enough for both tables





With my table painted and moved back into the garage it was time to get Skippy's table painted!!







Twin MM's







Really starting to look forward to having these baby's humming and cutting soon

Cheers
Tony.
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  #252  
Old Sat 11 September 2010, 10:58
Kobus_Joubert
Just call me: Kobus #6
 
Riversdale Western Cape
South Africa
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Looking good. Makes me think how I loved putting it together two years ago.
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  #253  
Old Mon 13 September 2010, 05:00
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
Thanks Kobus!!

Read through your thread from beggining to end, what a journey!! The building of the MM certainly gives you a great sense of achievment!! I'm loving it!! Big thanks to all before me for all the info on these forums

Ross (surfcnc) dropped me over a longer straight edge to work with earlier today, so I dissappeared into the garage tonight for a little while, and could not help myself so as usual a few more pics of the progress









Cheers
Tony.
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  #254  
Old Mon 13 September 2010, 13:25
Kobus_Joubert
Just call me: Kobus #6
 
Riversdale Western Cape
South Africa
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Hi Tony, I like your little angle meter. I saw them awhile ago , but did not buy it at the time. When I went back later they were sold out and the next shipment is only due in October.
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  #255  
Old Mon 13 September 2010, 16:01
tangocharlie123
Just call me: Pete
 
Gatton Brisbane
Australia
Looking Good.

Hi Tony
It is all looking good, not long now until I will be able to hear the yell of joy from my place..

Keep up the good work and keep the photo's coming..

Pete
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  #256  
Old Wed 15 September 2010, 22:04
chunkychips
Just call me: nick
 
Melbourne
Australia
Hi Tony,

I'm loving your build(s). Coming along very nicely.

I mentioned in my build I am thinking of "stealing" your wheel idea for my table. Do you have the specs (and a source) for those? Just need to do some sizing calculations.

Thanks Nick
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  #257  
Old Thu 16 September 2010, 03:42
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
Hi Pete,

Thanks for your comments on the builds, much appreciated!! Listen for me, you will hear me
Need to catch up at some stage and talk some MM talk sometime


Nick,

Wheels were purchased here in Brisbane from Richmond Wheel & Castor Co
www.richmondau.com
They have offices in Clayton South VIC, Salisbury QLD, Wetherill Park NSW, St Marys SA, Kewdale WA, Auckland NZ.
Should be able to access the info you need on their web site.

Update:
2 x 3600 x 1800 x 32mm Moisture Resistant MDF sheets for the main support board and 4 x 2440 x 1220 x 16mm spoil boards delivered today, boy am I glad I dont have to handle those 32mm thick sheets too often approximately 130KG per sheet!!
So guess what we are doing this coming weekend!!

I think I need a larger garage too!!






Cheers
Tony.

Last edited by AuS MaDDoG; Thu 16 September 2010 at 03:57.. Reason: Add update and photos
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  #258  
Old Thu 16 September 2010, 05:50
Surfcnc
Just call me: Ross #74
 
Queensland
Australia
Gut buster lift !!
Not that I'm implying you have a gut
Regards
Ross
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  #259  
Old Thu 16 September 2010, 22:42
Red_boards
Just call me: Red #91
 
Melbourne
Australia
Tony,
It's been great following this build from the wine bottle measures til now. Well done and thanks for the advice along the way. I'm lining up my leg sub-assemblies (clamping and so on) based on your pics way back when.

To follow on from Nick's question. Is each wheel rated to carry the full weight of the table or did you divide table weight between a few wheels?
I assume you raise your table feet to get the wheels to engage?

Red
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  #260  
Old Fri 17 September 2010, 03:30
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
Hi Red,

Each wheel is rated to 500Kg and we have a wheel fitted to each corner of the table, should be more than enough

Glad my Build thread is being of help to you and others and I look forward to seeing your build progress.

Cheers
Tony.
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  #261  
Old Sat 18 September 2010, 07:47
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
Todays Progress!!

The day started with a struggle trying to move those very large 32mm thick MR MDF sheets for cutting to size, all went well until we went to move the first one onto my table when all of a sudden I had a massive jolt of pain in my lower back on with the support belt again and a few pain killers later and work was all on again. Paying for it now though Look after your backs guy's it's no fun when you have operations, and you never know when it's going to stuff up again and again!!

Once both support boards were done we leveled up the tables, set up all the X and Y rails, mounted the gantrys and the cars and finally the Z's. I have amazed myself with the accuracy we are getting across all areas of the X, Y and Z axis's.
We also managed to run the first cable through the E-Chains to the spindle.

Skippy is heading OS for the next three weeks and I will travelling interstate over the next two weeks hopefully in between times I can mount the racks and motors whilst Skippy is away, so all that will be left is the wiring and commisioning when he gets back
Anyway on with the photos I hear you all say!!











And a couple of very happy Chappies!!





Cheers
Tony.
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  #262  
Old Sun 19 September 2010, 03:57
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
This afternoons Update!!

I primed/prepared the rails and racks and fitted them together on my table using thedouble sided tape, stuck like S*#T to a blanket!!
I also fitted all the motors and the idler arm so my machine is now completely finished other than the wiring and commisioning.

I will get Skippy's racks and motors done next weekend hopefully, then I have some work and wheels to mount on my control box

Anyway heres todays progress.













Cheers
Tony.
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  #263  
Old Sun 19 September 2010, 06:00
Jayson
Just call me: Jayson #18
 
Horsham
Australia
Hi Tony,

I would like to congratulate you on your builds. I enjoy loitering around here and watching the Australian builds, before long we will have more Mechmates than the rest of the world put together

It shouldn't be long before you have both machines going, the wiring doesn't take all that long...

Keep those posts comming,

Jayson.
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  #264  
Old Sun 03 October 2010, 02:20
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
Thanks Jayson!!

Yes it is getting that way, several builds underway in Aus which is good to see
Our builds have really slowed over the last couple of weeks with not much too report, as skippy and I have been working away either interstate or OS
Hopefully in the next week or two we should be back into full swing again.
I did however have a couple of spare hours last week and again today so I mounted all Skippy's racks and motors, so both tables are at the same stage and ready for wiring, so yeh hopefully not long now until we are cutting

Cheers
Tony.
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  #265  
Old Sat 09 October 2010, 11:21
thaiguyjohn
Just call me: John
 
Queensland
Australia
The workmanship you guys have shown here on this thread is very impressive,thank you for sharing,it is a great inspiration.
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  #266  
Old Sun 10 October 2010, 05:59
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
Thanks John, much appreciated!!

Done a little bit more today fitting all the limit switches and fitting the rubber grommets into the boxes for the cables to run through.







Also fitted the brackets which will end up holding the PVC dust extraction pipe, which we will than attach to the dust foot to with some flexible hose.
Back into the electrics electronic setup next weekend.



Cheers
Tony.
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  #267  
Old Sun 10 October 2010, 06:06
Kobus_Joubert
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Riversdale Western Cape
South Africa
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I see shiny surfaces covered in dust one of these day's
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  #268  
Old Sun 10 October 2010, 18:07
cncb
Just call me: Brian
 
Connecticut
United States of America
Your machine is very slick. I really like how it came out. I've seen a number of builds with a similar cable tray that you are using. Where did you purchase this? The tray with the slots in it?
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  #269  
Old Mon 11 October 2010, 00:12
KenC
Just call me: Ken
 
Klang
Malaysia
I worry about the rigidity of your spindle holder.
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Old Mon 11 October 2010, 00:30
Kobus_Joubert
Just call me: Kobus #6
 
Riversdale Western Cape
South Africa
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You see the dust extractor holder Ken
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