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  #31  
Old Mon 01 December 2014, 22:23
st_indigo
Just call me: Philip.X.Diaz #123
 
Los Angeles, CA
United States of America
I figured that dust in the radiator might be an issue, but if I do my dust collection properly that (hopefully) will not happen often....and if it does, a quick poof of compressed air should clear it.

Also, I'm not totally sold on that cooling system. It's meant for CPUs that sit still, not dusty robots moving all over the place, so if it fails I won't be too surprised.

Here's a little video clip of my first cut - milling recesses in the base table MDF for the bolts. I can't get over how QUIET it is!
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  #32  
Old Mon 01 December 2014, 23:10
servant74
Just call me: Jack
 
Nashville (Tennessee)
United States of America
So fine!
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  #33  
Old Tue 02 December 2014, 00:16
KenC
Just call me: Ken
 
Klang
Malaysia
Good to know you are aware of the draw back of such system.
The spindle is a lot more expensive then the computer CPU cooler.
#PS, no matter how/what you do it, there will always be wood dust...

Last edited by KenC; Tue 02 December 2014 at 00:18..
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  #34  
Old Fri 05 December 2014, 11:38
st_indigo
Just call me: Philip.X.Diaz #123
 
Los Angeles, CA
United States of America
Now witness the power of this fully armed and operational battle station!

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  #35  
Old Fri 05 December 2014, 14:43
Fox
Just call me: Fox
 
Amsterdam
Netherlands
Congrats! I remember vividly how that felt.
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  #36  
Old Fri 05 December 2014, 16:43
Duds
Just call me: Dale
 
Canberra
Australia
Cool, what is that material it looks like chocolate?
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  #37  
Old Sat 06 December 2014, 04:09
Tom Ayres
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Bassett (VA)
United States of America
Looks like cherry in bad lighting. Congrats!
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  #38  
Old Sun 07 December 2014, 05:30
Duds
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Canberra
Australia
BTW love the coders reference.
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  #39  
Old Sun 07 December 2014, 12:06
st_indigo
Just call me: Philip.X.Diaz #123
 
Los Angeles, CA
United States of America
it's maple, with terrible lighting.
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  #40  
Old Sun 07 December 2014, 12:47
servant74
Just call me: Jack
 
Nashville (Tennessee)
United States of America
Looks like you are ready for a number! Still a nice glamor shot would be cool, but not enough to keep you from a number...
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  #41  
Old Sun 07 December 2014, 14:36
st_indigo
Just call me: Philip.X.Diaz #123
 
Los Angeles, CA
United States of America
Alright...here's your glamour shot. I had to clean up the shop quite a bit to get this, so I hope you appreciate it.

That's a 4x8 foot sheet of MDF on the table now. There's room for 5x10 foot material later. The dust collector and building up a new PC to run it are next.

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  #42  
Old Sun 07 December 2014, 17:25
Fox
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Amsterdam
Netherlands
I like the watch-out-i-am-coming paint scheme
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  #43  
Old Mon 08 December 2014, 06:21
Robert M
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Lac-Brome, Qc
Canada
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Well done & clean !
Congrats
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  #44  
Old Tue 09 December 2014, 13:32
Tokamak
Just call me: John #121
 
Monrovia (ca)
United States of America
Nice Build, Fast too!
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  #45  
Old Tue 09 December 2014, 19:00
st_indigo
Just call me: Philip.X.Diaz #123
 
Los Angeles, CA
United States of America
Not exactly the fastest build. I've been at it for YEARS. I just posted the photos all at once!

Let's see...I ordered the laser cut parts in June 2009, so that means it only took me 5 1/2 years to finish it.
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  #46  
Old Wed 10 December 2014, 03:45
Tom Ayres
Just call me: Tom #117
 
Bassett (VA)
United States of America
To me it looks like it took a month to build
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  #47  
Old Mon 15 December 2014, 05:55
MetalHead
Just call me: Mike
 
Columbiana AL
United States of America
Congrats on your build !!! You get SN #123.
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  #48  
Old Mon 15 December 2014, 17:05
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
Congrats on #123 from #101.
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  #49  
Old Mon 15 December 2014, 18:12
lonestaral
Just call me: Al #114
 
Isarn
Thailand
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Well done #123.
Enjoy your creation.
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Old Mon 15 December 2014, 18:15
racedirector
Just call me: Bruce #122
 
New South Wales
Australia
Congrats on getting her done! Welcome to the club from #122
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  #51  
Old Mon 15 December 2014, 19:11
pblackburn
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South-Central Pennsylvania
United States of America
Congratulations #123. I have enjoyed your picture progress.
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Old Tue 16 December 2014, 07:05
IMMark
Just call me: Mark #119
 
Columbus Ohio
United States of America
Well done and congratulations #123.
Seems like the numbers are coming faster and faster!
Mark
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  #53  
Old Tue 16 December 2014, 22:45
jhiggins7
Just call me: John #26
 
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Builder's Log Update

Congratulations on completing Serial #123. Very nicely finished.

Here is the Updated Builder's Log.

Please review and let me know any changes you wish to make.

I determined the start date based on your comment about a year's worth of progress pictures. It's fairly arbitrary. I just try to capture the actual elapsed time of the build, not the preliminaries like getting a copy of the plans and studying the build threads.
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  #54  
Old Tue 16 December 2014, 22:53
hennie
Just call me: Hennie #23
 
Roodepoort JHB
South Africa
Congratulations on your MechMate No 123. 100 MechMates later
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  #55  
Old Wed 17 December 2014, 07:36
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
Congratulations.
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  #56  
Old Tue 16 February 2016, 18:56
st_indigo
Just call me: Philip.X.Diaz #123
 
Los Angeles, CA
United States of America
coolant pump and radiator working just fine!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Ayres View Post
Make sure you purchase a back-up pump, mine failed in three months. I bought two.
Well here we are a year and a half later and the pump is still working, as is the cooling fan/radiator. I have to blow out dust periodically, but no other issues have manifested.
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  #57  
Old Thu 17 November 2016, 18:00
st_indigo
Just call me: Philip.X.Diaz #123
 
Los Angeles, CA
United States of America
UPDATE from #123

Coming up on two years of uptime as a nearly-every-day production CNC router.

Things I have learned:

- WEAR A RESPIRATOR, especially when cutting MDF, exotic woods or plastics. The dust collector helps, but it doesn't catch everything. You don't want to get sensitized to dust. Trust me on this.

- Check the set screws on those pinions about once a month. Use some blue threadlocker on them. I've had a few jobs get ruined because of this.

- Check the Z-slide eccentric bearings occasionally. They do loosen and wander a bit over time.

- Those expensive bits and the good-quality plywood are worth the extra money. They will save you countless hours sanding and fixing bad cuts. I use void-free baltic birch almost exclusively.

- Installing the 110v outlet on the Y car was a really good idea. I get a lot of use out of it when I need to use a handheld sander or oscillating tool (great for cutting parts out of a sheet when using tabs).

I'll post some photos soon. I've been making a LOT of things!
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  #58  
Old Fri 18 November 2016, 11:24
pblackburn
Just call me: Pete #98
 
South-Central Pennsylvania
United States of America
I would recommend a Clear Vue cyclone or building your own Pentz cyclone. A respirator is always a good idea. Make sure you are doing a fresh air exchange in the cutting area. Use a spray bottle to mist the air with water and mop the floor daily. Water will help with breaking down the particles in air and on the floor. I even went as far as to purchase a cv06 mini for my wet dry vac. I have found this drastically reduces the dust problem that we all should be paying attention to.
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  #59  
Old Fri 18 November 2016, 11:27
pblackburn
Just call me: Pete #98
 
South-Central Pennsylvania
United States of America
The Z slide loosening, I had that as well when i used that design. I totally agree about the more expensive brazed or solid carbide cutters. Worth their weight in gold.
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  #60  
Old Fri 18 November 2016, 11:54
st_indigo
Just call me: Philip.X.Diaz #123
 
Los Angeles, CA
United States of America
Quote:
Originally Posted by pblackburn View Post
I would recommend a Clear Vue cyclone or building your own Pentz cyclone. A respirator is always a good idea. Make sure you are doing a fresh air exchange in the cutting area. Use a spray bottle to mist the air with water and mop the floor daily. Water will help with breaking down the particles in air and on the floor. I even went as far as to purchase a cv06 mini for my wet dry vac. I have found this drastically reduces the dust problem that we all should be paying attention to.
Haven't tried misting the shop with water yet. Will give that a try. Not sure I want to spray the air though - that would be bad for my lathe and table saw.

I do have a cyclone - an Oneida dust deputy hooked up to a ShopFox 220v dust collector. It works pretty well but like I said, it doesn't catch everything. Unfortunately I can't vent it outside so the next best thing would be for me to get some big HEPA filters on it. Working on that next!

The biggest problem is that I am in a big shared warehouse space with other artists & scene shops, so even if I created zero dust, I would still be getting it from my neighbors.
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