So I figured this would go in the upgrade area. My X-carve has been going well since it was built as a 500x500 Shapeoko 2. It was upgraded to a 1000x1000 machine when the X-carve updates came out then again when I added the solid X rail and a linear rail Z along with Phil’s X plate lift. The dam thing works great, but when your handed a gift, you upgrade
About 3 weeks ago I was given a bunch of Open Build v-slot extrusion and the parts and pieces for an OX build of 1000x1500. Basically all I needed was the plates and the electronics. However, I can never leave well enough alone. So I made some changes to the stock OX plates to give more support to the new linear rail Z-axis. I also decided that instead of using another router i would step up to a 1.5Kw spindle. Of course, that weighs more so I should really use linear guides for the X-axis. I’m still waiting on those linear rails, but below is a pic of the parts just laying on the dining room table with a single Tall OX plate that I cut from 1/4" MDF - cause what else is it for.
After redesigning the plates and cutting them on the X-Carve as a test, I connected everything to give an idea of size and proof that the design changes will work. The X-axis is C-Beam back to back and bolted together for the lower beam and the top is a c-beam on it’s side. Everything else you should be able to get from the images. I’ll cut the X plates for testing as well as the end plates tomorrow. Once everything looks good, I’ll send my DXF to the waterjet place and have some .375 aluminum cut for all the plates.