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    12" x 12" piece on PCNC 1100?

    Looking to mill some plates where the overall size will be close to 12 x 12 with the milling slightly over 8 x 8 in the center of the parts. I see the travel on the machine is 9.5" so that is ok but wondering if I will have trouble with the part hitting the column or other parts of the mill. I looked a bit for some dimensions of the machine details but didn't find it. A local maker space has the mill but need to figure out if it's big enough. Another has a Bridgeport 2216 but it's a more complex machine to run and that space isn't as convenient.

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    Re: 12" x 12" piece on PCNC 1100?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim27 View Post
    Looking to mill some plates where the overall size will be close to 12 x 12 with the milling slightly over 8 x 8 in the center of the parts. I see the travel on the machine is 9.5" so that is ok but wondering if I will have trouble with the part hitting the column or other parts of the mill. I looked a bit for some dimensions of the machine details but didn't find it. A local maker space has the mill but need to figure out if it's big enough. Another has a Bridgeport 2216 but it's a more complex machine to run and that space isn't as convenient.
    Spindle Centerline to Column is the number you want. It's 11" on the spec sheet (of the 1100M I think the others are the same), so the machine can theoretically do what you ask in one setup. How you do the workholding (and if things get tight, how large a cutter you can get away with) are going to be the issues and that will depend on what's on the machine and what's available.
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    Re: 12" x 12" piece on PCNC 1100?

    For work holding - Since the table is plenty long (side to side) I planned to just clamp to the table on the sides. I don't need to machine near the edges. I also don't need to run large cutters.

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    Re: 12" x 12" piece on PCNC 1100?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim27 View Post
    For work holding - Since the table is plenty long (side to side) I planned to just clamp to the table on the sides. I don't need to machine near the edges. I also don't need to run large cutters.
    Well... large cutters actually give you a little more machinable area since you can cut up to the radius of the cutter further away from the spindle centerline, but if you don't need that, then no worries.

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    Re: 12" x 12" piece on PCNC 1100?

    Of course larger cutters have the downside of reducing the maximum size if you need to machine around the outside of a piece (or machine a raised feature in the middle).

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    Re: 12" x 12" piece on PCNC 1100?

    I recently had a job with a workpiece that exceeded the available X travel by several inches. I located a 123 block flush against one edge of the work, trammed it parallel to Y along the inside edge and located my X0 along that inside edge. The part had generous tolerances so may not be a good solution for tight requirements, but it give some ideas.

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