A toy. Very expensive toy. This was supposed to make my production easier and smoother of stuff. As for the Dremel. I will try that tomorrow or Thursday. Today I most rage quit on it. Since so far does next to nothing that I was hoping.
Other than it did make one nice board so far. Mostly. Some of the slots were not the same diameter and needed sanding while others were perfect.
I am hoping it is just a few minor tweaks to get it to work, wether I use dewalt or the stock spindle. Otherwise I am so far disappointed in my toy decision.
If you want to use this for production you will need to upgrade the spindle and do a stiffening mod of some kind.
You will not regret it. It is like a whole new machine, as it addresses the 2 biggest issues with the XC.
The stock spindle just doesn’t have the strength or quality to hold up to serious production use.
I think the Dremel will demonstrate such an improvement in capability, it will restore your enthusiasm. I remember this exact same feeling.
I kind of went nuts on the upgrades though. But it is FAST, reliable, accurate and I am only limited by my very limited creativity. That’s where this forum pays off. So many talented, creative people… lots and lots of ideas.
Lots of ideas. Lol never would have thought of Dremel. The stifening mods are a good idea too. I just hope I don’t regret this in the long run. Thanks guys. I’ll let you all know how it fares after more upgrades.
Also, is there a link to stiffening mod forum? Other than the t steel one?
Here is a good overview of the mod. I just used a 36" x 1 1/2" (or maybe 2") piece and it required no cutting. It is very simple. The furniture bolts are used because they have low profile heads and nuts. I happened to have these laying around AND they happened to be black. Happy coincidence. Just get it square, slip it in, test movement, clamp the bejeesus out of it, and drill away. I am certain you can use a hand drill, just be patient. If you did, you might not even have to remove the gantry.
There are threads where this very simple mod is vastly overcomplicated… ignore them. Unless you are an engineer, in which case, enjoy them.
I am an engineer… A combat engineer in the national guard. Lol so our idea of fixing is c-4.
Yea I ended up grabbing a few parts, the steel, bolts, not as many as I would have liked but they didn’t have nuts for all of them. And will be stiffening it up shortly.
Thanks for all the help and I apologize for my stress, was just hoping for something and worrying it was my fault it wasn’t working.
I couldn’t pass up this thread, but I felt the need to try and make some of you feel better about your learning experience. I have (3) 3D printers, an EggBot, a NextEngine, and a Fuel3D scanner. Not to mention an X-Box 360 hacked scanner. Each of these purchases came with a learning curve not to mention modifications.
I am a mechanical engineer of 35 years and love to tinker so after researching all the different routers, china and USA types I decided to go all out with the 1000mm XCarve full blown.
I designed and printed my own dust collection system, Ordered different sized ER-11 collets, Then I started to cut some aluminum dog tags. I couldn’t even get a good engraving of letters much less cut out shapes in .040" material.
So after hours of trying different things and reading hundreds of threads on this forum I have the hardware to stiiffen the x-axis, a dewalt 611 router and spindle holder, on order. I’m designing a new dust shoe to 3D print on my Makerbot. Then I’ll try it all over again. Once that’s done I’ll move onto Vectric trail software. I do all my 3D design work in SolidWorks, then I’ll see what’s next.
I wish that Inventables included the stiffener between the extrusions on the x axis and made the DeWalt 611 the top of the line but live and learn.
I still think I made the BEST choice. Their service is by far the BEST.
The stiffening mod most refer too is a steel plate sandwiched between the x axis. This prevents it from sagging in the middle especially with the dewalt or other heavier routers. Very hard to see in my photo. But I have done this and it seems to have helped even with the stock spindle.
This is the article I followed… Mostly. I got the steel bar from lowes. It’s a store in the U.S. If you are not here.
It was simple honestly. Put the bar in. I matches it with the bottom so it was flush there. Then clamped the axis with the bar in. Took the z carriage off while taking the axis off. So I ended up with two pieces of makerslide clamped with steel between them. Then used furniture bolts and their nuts to attach them. I used the drill press and a 1/4 inch bit all the way through. Then a 5/8 through half of one of the maker slide. This was done because the nut is thicker than the bolt. I did this four times and then re attached it all. Seems to work wonders. Has gotten rid of a lot of the nasty sounds and some chatter I had heard.
I have not gotten the 1/8 collet for the dewalt yet. I had been hoping cncroutershop http://www.cncroutershop.com/us_en/ in tri county would have one… Which sadly they do not. So I will be ordering one tonight.
What I am doing with the router needs a sharper inside corner that 1/4 doesn’t give. Of course it is possible to get 1/4 shank to 1/8 bit size as well.