My X-Carve asked for a big brother. I think I will call him B-Carve.
I was initially planning to upgrade my 500mm X-Carve to 750mm to gain footprint. Then I thought I would also like a T slot bed. And maybe something stiffer than V wheels and belts.
So after spending a year with the X-Carve making dust and experimenting and upgrading the machine itself I thought to take the challenge to design and build something bigger. V wheels & GT3 belting have performed just fine, but now let's try HGR15 & 1605.
The main goal is to go heavier and stiffer... and therefore faster... and therefore sleep more. Carving is a hobby for me (at least for the time being). It takes place after my girls go to bed. So, any gain in machining time translates to more hours of sleep.
Also, I want to see if I can build a 5k machine myself within a 1.5k budget. Also, to have fun tinkering and problem-solving and failing and trying again and learn some lessons along the way.
In terms of logistics, long parts (extrusions, guides, drives) will be sourced locally to avoid surprises with customs. All smaller parts (guide blocks, ballnuts & mounts, bearing blocks, motor mounts, couplers, brackets, z axis) are coming straight from Chinese sources. This is going to take some time.
The picture above is a render from v58 ...and this is still not final
PS. This is not a guide, it's kind of a personal journey. Of all the posts in this forum, what I have enjoyed reading the most were other people's custom builds. I thought to share as well.