So I would like to gather people opinions on building a bulletproof Windows PC for CNC machines
I have been needing a solution for awhile now because I have been going through cheap pc’s quite alot
Here are the requirements:
Windows 7-10 32 or 64 bit
Dedicated to the machine running only 1 program and nothing else (Mach 3)
internet access optional but not preffered
x4 usb 2.0-3.0 ports
min 1 ghz cpu
min 512mb ram
video card min 512mb ram
solid state min 120gb hard drive
1 vga port minimum
I think thats it
I got quoted by a local computer store to build one for me but I think it is a little expensive I have computer building experience but I am not sure what to choose on the hardware side of things I can just build it
here are the images of what they specd me
Altec Fanless NUC Custom
Intel Celeron N2930 Quad-Core 1.83 GHz CPU
8GB DDR3 Ram
120GB msata SSD
Windows 7 Pro
3 Year Warranty
so I have been told my many people not to use laptops for machines that need to be rock solid because there is something psychically in the hardware that are different from pc’s for power savings and something in the software that is not ideal either
do you know any truth to this I have just always been told this
what I need is almost server like stability
also I really do not want to use a laptop because the dust will affect the keys pretty badly and there are not passively cooled
these have low power CPU and not very much RAM. Might be OK for really basic stuff but if you try and run something like Vectric or fusion 360 on it, you’ll be disappointed and a lot poorer than you need to be.
For half of what this cost, I bought a refurb i7 with 12gb ram and a decent video card.
Just setup some filtering for the fan input areas, and blow out your machine periodically.
First thought is of cooling. Passive cooling is good, and the computer offered does that by having the case act like a big heat sink. But that does not excuse you from providing adequate air flow to dissipate heat.
Water cooling might be an option, as you can put your tower where you want to and have it accessible to be dusted when desired. My current solution is doing all my design work on my gaming computer while having my old laptop run the jobs which I connect to remotely.
on the cooling issue do your think that the system being passively cooled and being such a low power system do you think that it would ever even get hot enough to warrant internal airflow?
the placement of this computer will be in a open shop and the computer will be out in the open and not in a cabinet
I am just not sure that the computer would ever get hot enough just running mach 3?
and yeah I love water cooling and hope to do my design pc soon lol but for cnc machines I hate it because of all the potential failure points that you introduce into the system especially if you are running all your own tubing and fittings
thats pretty neat what you did with the tire shop server I think I would need that if I was running multiple computers for multiple machines in 1 server rack
now if you are willing I would love to share some pics with you on my electronics cabinet and how I can improve the dust resistance of that because it fills up with dust rather quickly and I am really worried about running my electronics the big power supplies like to fill up the dust most often
okay thanks I was just worried about large gcode files
and question if you know I do the majority of my 3D modeling in Fusion 360 and I am running a Gforce GTX960 some sorta g1 gaming edition but I find that I can slow fusion down to a halt with files that are by all accounts not complex do you have any ideas on what might be going on there?