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    DIY ATC automatic tool changer for cnc router.. Mythical or reality?

    I have been searching past post for ideas or plans for a diy atc for my home built cnc router. I read posts from several years ago that somebody built their own atc, but it had a few issues at speeds around 20k.

    Currently, I have a Hitachi router but would switch spindles for anything that works better with a ATC.

    I prefer to make it myself instead of a commercial model costing thousands of bucks.

    Does a diy atc for a homemade cnc router exist? Myth or reality? Any links would be appreciated.

    I would also like to brainstorm with anybody that has any ideas they would like to share.

    Thanks in advance.

    Rod
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    jscavitto,
    Thanks for the link.
    That's one nice ATC and only wish it would work with a router.

    Hopefully more guys will chime in too.

    Rod

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    Do you mean something like this? If so then yes it's possible
    Keith

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    Keith,
    Now that's what I'm talkin about. I wonder if any zoners have this setup.
    I would like to see it in action.

    Maybe similar to this: [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pWfjNI5SvY"]YouTube- ez Router's Scorpion ATC[/nomedia]

    Rod

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    The same setup is available for the watercooled 400hz spindles from China........The spindle in the video costs more than I have invested in cnc plasma router and mill......When I'm rich I'll have a dabble
    Keith

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    This is probably the cheapest option, but I don't think it's shipping yet, so it's 6 months behind schedule.
    http://www.quickspindle.com/index.htm

    Keling sells ATC spindles starting at $3700 for a Chinese model. A few thousand more will get you a name brand spindle, like HSD, Perske, or Colombo.
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    Two pics of the product in Gerry's post above.
    These came from the mechmate site a while back.

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    I think IMService sells a solution.... but don't know much about it... looks like it's for smaller mill...

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    Its not fully automatic, but it allows you to quickly change out preset tools if you want.

    http://buildyouridea.com/cnc/atc/pha...ase_three.html

    I dont understand why someone would want to spend so much money to put an ATC on an homemade mill. Seems the same to me as putting a 5 disc CD changer in a golf cart. Dave's setup is a DIY approach, maybe it will help you with ideas.

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    I developed a simple home router atc. I am curious if there is interest. I'd have more info in couple weeks when I get more time to post

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodjava View Post
    I have been searching past post for ideas or plans for a diy atc for my home built cnc router. I read posts from several years ago that somebody built their own atc, but it had a few issues at speeds around 20k.

    Currently, I have a Hitachi router but would switch spindles for anything that works better with a ATC.

    I prefer to make it myself instead of a commercial model costing thousands of bucks.

    Does a diy atc for a homemade cnc router exist? Myth or reality? Any links would be appreciated.

    I would also like to brainstorm with anybody that has any ideas they would like to share.

    Thanks in advance.

    Rod
    San Francisco
    Andy at UgraCNC has access to Chinese spindles with an ATC. The entire spindle and ATC costs about $3000.00.

    It might be worth the investment to tear one down and copy it.

    James
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    The entire spindle and ATC costs about $3000.00.

    It might be worth the investment to tear one down and copy it.
    That's what the Chinese did to get it to $3000. An ATC spindle is very complex, and needs to be extremely precise. I doubt you can build one any cheaper.
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    I'm talking for a normal router. Like a 1/4 laminate trimmer or 1/2 inch bigger router mounted to a typical DIY. I wish I had pics haven't used my machine for a bit. But it uses to magnets and a collet adapter. Il try to get pics soon as I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jharvey407 View Post
    Andy at UgraCNC has access to Chinese spindles with an ATC. The entire spindle and ATC costs about $3000.00.

    It might be worth the investment to tear one down and copy it.

    James
    Copy a Chinese spindle? :stickpoke


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    This is the one I'm interested in. Midwest Rapid Tool Just dawned on me............it's late! I have a very nice Super PID that would pair up with that and probably make a killer setup!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stealthshooter View Post
    This is the one I'm interested in. Midwest Rapid Tool Just dawned on me............it's late! I have a very nice Super PID that would pair up with that and probably make a killer setup!!
    Has anyone bought and used one of these?
    James Harvey
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