Monster Carve

Have not seen that one very cool idea ! totally crossed my mind to just use stock as frame of the unit. If my search is right this thing is 4k, my project is nowhere near that mark yet.
For me it is more of an adventure right now that started with X carve.
X carve was my first cnc I assembled and in effect understood it in process very well. While working on multiple projects and tweaking x carve you start to think a lot of improving it further. Than it was just the gifted aluminum extrusions I got that put things in motion.

What about two X-carves back to back providing two cutters for one sheet of wood?

There’s a shop in Germany, who sells MakerSlide.

He also sells MakerSlide Max, profile with dimensions of 60x40 mm.

I was thinking of using HTD-3M belt widht 9mm for my built. Can somebody tell me, if this is better than GT2 6mm, used by X-Carve.

This will be my first time building something like this:-)

Another thing that crossed my mind ! You could have multiple X axis riding on same rails even using same belts, would just take some changes to gcoding to not have them colide. Different bits on both yay could even do router on one and laser on the other.

I’m new myself to most of this. I just went with the info on shapeoko wiki about belts

To cold for garage work so I did some upgrades in house today.

My take on stiffening mod. I messed up some holes but it does not appear to effect anything except visuals.

Since I’m using full size wheels I had to trim T shape at 45 degrees in order to fit them.
I also had few sections of 1/8 by 1 inch home depot stock lying around so I used them on sides. That saved me trouble of having to cut furniture bolts.

I also replaced iders and pulleys to 9mm and working on figuring out some temporary belt clips before I can use machine to make replacement
Something worth noticing, 9mm idlers have much taller colar on the side and it is forcing idlers to ride on flat surface of the extrusion. This will make 9mm incompatible with 30min stiffening mod.

Other day I did small prototype of something I call reactive armor. The idea is to use 12x12 MDF squares with nylon blots to be used as main layer for waste board. Between them I adding U shape sections for hold downs. I hope that will allow me to just make replacement “armor plates” ononster Carve as I need them. Down side is I got to make 36 of them with 4 nylon nuts and bolts on each.

Some more progress as the project is reaching its conclusion any day. I did some work last night cutting more waste board “armor plates” while I’m working on dialing and organizing things. So far the usual issues, nothing I did not expect or was not able to overcome.
Also got done with RyanGarone 3d printed dust shoe. 3d printed carbon fiber dwp611 dust shoe 2.0
Found the 3dhubs guy in my area that print for me. I love this thing it is designed so well it truly feels like commercial product.

Random video of monster action, using some wood clamps to hold down MDF for now. Can’t wait to finish them all so I can use leveling bit I got for waste board from china.

Few pics of test fit on hold downs.

I have seen them but I’m not quite sure on the benefit also the added cost with all the intersections would be massive :frowning:
I will just cut them 36 inch sections that I got from amazon for 10$ each shipped and leave intersections open to insert the bolt from.

Yeah the price of the intersection pieces is too high in my opinion. I would use my chopsaw and cut my own from longer pieces.

Dude! That is sweet. Proud to see my shoe on there! Glad it’s working out for you!

Its working great but I have to admit it crossed my mind to cut the bottom part in half for easier access to bit while finding 0. I have feeling with strength of magnets it will work fine to per each half.

Did some more work this weekend. Some issues came up but nothing I can’t correct so far. Sadly I got to replace one pulley as it slid off a bit and I can’t remove it for some reason. I hope I don’t destroy the motor in the process !
Hold-downs stand so high sadly it looks like I will have to trim or replace the bolts or I will ram my X axis into them. I got to say it was a lot of fun to drill 3 counter sink holes into 12 inch sections of rail using regular bits, not something I’m looking forward to do again anytime soon. Another thing I had to change was the nylon screws for “armor plates”, overall I did not feel like they felts strong enough and I broke few of them while installing, decided to use regular screws and I hope not to ram any of my bits into them.
In other news, the lift that folds the table still works but makes me nervous like hell ! this thing is so insanely heavy it would kill whatever walks under it if it snaps. I keep thinking of adding some more bracing to wall all around to make me feel more comfortable around the monster.
Per usual some more pictures of the build, I hope someone gets some out of it…

I almost forgot … just for kicks while working on few more MDF plates I decided to push things a bit. Video of cut at 200 in/min at .15in pass with 1/4 burr bit.
It did fine and looks like it can go even faster when I actually calibrate and level the monster.

@AngusMcleod - I have and they work great.I’ve got about 100# sliding by hand on 1.5" extrusions.

@Deepnoizer this build is awesome. I love working with 8020 extrusions - so jealous of big projects with it like this. :slight_smile:

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OMG that speed of feed !!! °,° awsome !


hey man would you mind sharing the total cost all in for creating that machine?

and have you had an problems with the belts? are they 6mm or 9mm?

I’ll try to crunch some numbers tomorrow. Just keep in mind I’m not done yet so I can’t quite declare success yet !

true true thanks

I am looking at one of these i am about 10,000 all in just weighing my options

Hehe I did plenty of window shopping at cncparts myself and while it is most affordable option out there for this size, for me out of hobby range for sure.


yeah well i kinda quit my job the other day so I better go big or go home lol turn that hobby into a way of life but yeah they have good stuff on there for sure

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I will skip the cost of folding mechanism as this is very much depends on your setup. I will also skip all optional upgrades like 9mm belting, stiffening and x controller and my choice of hold downs.

So here is what I got of major parts .:

Maker slide:
Inventables 1800mm 34.72$ x4
Inventables 1000mm 20.93$ x2

MakerFoot 59.00$ x1

1530_Lite 1.5x3.0 73 inch 63.13$ x7

1530_Lite 1.5x1.5 30.03$ x5

Diagonal Supports 160mm 19.40$ x4 (or 12)

Bolt Assembly (3320) 0.60$ x200

Corner Plates (4351) 7.10$ x4

T Plates (4340) 7.80$ x4

Cross Plates (4335) 11.15$ x6

30mm Drag Chain 10,96$ x3

16/4 awg Shielded Wire (75feet) 22.85$ x3

3 Sheets of 4x8 ply for surface 30.00 x3 90.00

My total of the mentioned parts comes out to 1336.37$
I would probably consider another 200$ for parts I can’t think of now and I had on hand.

Things to consider

  • This is upgrade that scavenged 1000mm kit
  • You must stiffen X axis, this is out of question.
  • I strongly recommend going with thicker wheels than what comes with X carve
  • Have reliable way of cutting aluminum and rig to drill straight holes (miter saw and drill press)
  • 6mm belting feels inadequate, search forums for 9mm parts list to upgrade, I also added bolts on both sides of each makerslide for tension as it is much more work to do it on such long distances.

(I’m sure ill think of more things at some point)