Few months ago I did it - after finding a supplier for the MakerSlide aluminium extrusions I managed to give the X-Carve a 3 m y-axis, giving me a work area of 2,8m in length. And I thought, maybe some people might be interested in that.
It has already done a couple of jobs and boy, this is a gamechanger in our shop! Apparently, I keep the feed rate at a low end. But that doesn’t matter to me. I start the job in the morning and in the run of the day it ends. And I am happy. Yes, you can make me happy very easily.
I p1mped it up with a z-axis kit from Openbuilds, giving me 120mm travel in height.
And the best part: X-BOX CONTROLLER!!!1!!11! What started as a fun addition came out super easy to install and even more useful.
I still have the plan to update the belts to 9mm (I still have the 7mm belts in use). And if I am crazy enough I take the challenge for the X-axis… let’s see.
Finally, I managed to make the DeWalt 26200 compatible with ER11 collets by installing a reducing ring inside the shaft of the spindle (man, that sentence makes me uncomfortable). So with my M15 nut and the ER11 collets I can install bits in every 0.5-shade of a millimetre. But this I just did a few days ago and it has still to be proven if this is a durable and reasonable solution.