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Engraving and milling machine

Posted by leadinglights 
Engraving and milling machine
November 16, 2016 05:35AM
I made a simple milling/engraving attachment for one of my 3D printers to solve several immediate machining needs which my small milling machine would not handle.
The sort of thing it does well is shallow work, PCBs, labels and wall plaques etc. There is a short video of this in action on YouTube at [www.youtube.com] and also a Thingiverse item at [www.thingiverse.com]


Accuracy is surprisingly good, the grooves shown on the YouTube video were cut with a 1mm end mill and finished size is very close to 1mm. The white ring-ended thing is a vacuum nozzle as this 3D printer has little protections against swarf.
Although this design is optimized for use on a printer where the table moves in both X and Y directions, I think that it could be modified to work on other geometries - although possibly not delta printers.
Re: Engraving and milling machine
November 16, 2016 10:48AM
Do you have any more details covering the aluminium frame and rod system under your build plate?
Re: Engraving and milling machine
November 16, 2016 11:25AM
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PDBeal
Do you have any more details covering the aluminium frame and rod system under your build plate?

The XY table is the mortal remains of an attempt that I made to build a 3D printer with 5 or more print heads/functions. The idea was to have multiple heads indexed in or out of a fixed printing position. Sadly the problems of getting the parts to do what I want both mechanically and in software proved insuperable - or at least beyond my limited persistence.

Mike
Re: Engraving and milling machine
November 16, 2016 03:21PM
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leadinglights
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PDBeal
Do you have any more details covering the aluminium frame and rod system under your build plate?

The XY table is the mortal remains of an attempt that I made to build a 3D printer with 5 or more print heads/functions. The idea was to have multiple heads indexed in or out of a fixed printing position. Sadly the problems of getting the parts to do what I want both mechanically and in software proved insuperable - or at least beyond my limited persistence.

Mike

I can't help you with the hardware, but in case it's of any interest, RepRapFirmware can now support up to 4 independent X carriages on a Cartesian printer.


Delta printer calibration calculator, mini IR Z probe, and colour touch screen control panel: [escher3d.com]

Large delta printer, and other 3D printer blog postings: [miscsolutions.wordpress.com]

Full disclosure: I have a financial interest in sales of the Panel Due, Mini IR height sensor, and Duet WiFi/Duet Ethernet.
Re: Engraving and milling machine
February 13, 2017 05:59PM
hey are you using ramps 1.4 board? can you share your files?
Re: Engraving and milling machine
February 15, 2017 11:41AM
Ramps 1.4 board with Repetier firmware. I will try to put them in a dropbox in the next few days but will not be able to do so immediately. Be warned though, the settings on almost any machine are hand tooled to that precise machine so they will be of only limited usefulness.

Mike
Re: Engraving and milling machine
February 16, 2017 01:54PM
ok thanks
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