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A quick update-

I haven't had much time to work on this project because I've been planning my entry for the 2010 case mod competition. I've got the plans finalized and almost all the materials, but I still haven't actually started the project!

Tonight I installed the stepper motors and wired up the power supply and controller. I also opened up the router and mounted it.

I've also got EMC2 running on my laptop temporarily using a live cd. I'll do a proper Gentoo installation on my parents' old desktop when I have time, but for now I'll be using the laptop.

Everything is running great so far. I had the machine doing 600 ipm rapids without a sweat. In the morning I'll fire up the router and do a few test runs. After that I'll throw some acrylic sheets on the table and get started with my entry for the case competition.






These are the 12' DB-9 extension cables from FLA that can handle the large currents required by the stepper motors.

Here are my 48V power supply and the Gecko G540 stepper controller.




Tomorrow is going to be a long day... wish me luck!

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post #12 of 116
I'm very jealous. And you haven't started your entry yet?!
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post #13 of 116
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Well... six months of planning must count for something, no?

I've tested most of the electronic hardware for the project but I still haven't started making the scratch case.
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post #14 of 116
That looks amazing, I want one!
post #15 of 116
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Well... six months of planning must count for something, no?

I've tested most of the electronic hardware for the project but I still haven't started making the scratch case.
There's no way I could pull off my entry in like a day and a half, mostly because it seems like nothing I do turns out right the first time . Still, I think I spent at least 20 hours on just my cabling (making all new PSU connectors and sleeving). I can't wait to see what you have planned!
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Apparently there's no way I could either.

New thread started here: Project Ruby Horizon
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post #17 of 116
I am going to go out on a limb here and assume you are an engineer, that's a very impressive little project you have there. I await some shots of it in action
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Howwww did i miss this! I am incredibly jealous! How much do you think this will have costed you to make by the end?
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Last I checked, I spent about $1850 USD on parts. That includes the electronics and router.

Today I ordered some used igus cable carrier on ebay for $40, and I still need to purchase CAM software. I've been demoing a lot of CAM software trials and I'm pretty much sold on Vectric Cut2D. That'll be another $150. The only other thing left to buy is a table/large board to put on the frame.
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I would recommend HDF (high density fibreboard) if you can get it, or MDF if not, at least at first. Metal bases are nice, but when you are learning to use your machine/setting it up, a metal table is very expensive to replace if you make a large gouge in it! HDF over MDF simply because it weighs more.
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