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    Looks great. I too planned on cutting end caps for the 8020, but mine are different than yours. Which material did you use, looks cool.

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    yeah very cool.

    I never thought of end caps, but yes it keeps the dust out of the extrusions specially the risers.

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    The end caps are cut from 6mm ABS. Same stuff I used for my lower shelf under the machine.


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    cool !

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    Bernie, how do you code the Counter bore?
    what software are you using?

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    Within Rhino, I use RhinoCAM from MecSoft. VisualCAM is the stand alone version. It has a machining method called Projection Pocketing. I built a 3D model of the beveled holes to match the M8 flat head bolts. It then used the 3D surface to determine the bottom of the pocket. By choosing a shallow depth of cut, it calculated several passes, giving a very fine step down.


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    More progress!

    Installed the Mach3 2010 Screenset from ger21, and fabricated some hardware. After first tests, things are working great!

    Touch plate mount: 3/4 plywood + 3/4 aluminum square = my spoil board thickness.

    Attachment 224058Attachment 224060Attachment 224062

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    Just be careful when you surface your spoil board so that you don't get into your plate. As easy as yours is to remove it might be easier to just remove it before surfacing.
    Mine is very close to the spoil board as well and afterwards I thought about it and should made it much lower so there is no chance in a collision.

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    Just be careful if you make it lower than the spoilboard, and using large diameter bits, that the bits don't catch the spoilboard on the way down.

    Very nice, clean build you have there.
    Gerry

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    http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/2010.html

    JointCAM - CNC Dovetails & Box Joints
    http://www.g-forcecnc.com/jointcam.html

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    Some good advice indeed from these guys

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    I do not yet have a machine, so maybe I am off base. Would not a zero reference from a fixed point be off as soon as you surface the spoil board? I would think a floating zero reference would allow for continuously changing spoil board.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tinygiants View Post
    I do not yet have a machine, so maybe I am off base. Would not a zero reference from a fixed point be off as soon as you surface the spoil board? I would think a floating zero reference would allow for continuously changing spoil board.


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    You zero the machine every time after you cut or change bits. Also with the script, the Z will move down UNTIL it touches the touch off plate and that before your zero.
    Hope it makes sense. but not its not a concern at all. Definitely a tool to have, I was missing out with me previous machine.

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