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Thanks guys!

In the most recent version of the plans there is a set of pdfs with all the dimensions needed for processing your own 80/20. These will show you exactly where to drill the holes. As for the rails, I believe I used the measurement tool in the E-drawings viewer to determine the hole spacing. The hole spacing along the axis of travel does not matter too much as long as the holes are perfectly co-linear and parallel with the rail edges. That said, I highly recommend purchasing pre-drilled rails from Nate at FLA. They will save you a LOT of time and frustration.
Cheers chief! I have downloaded the latest revisions!
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This will be the last update I will be posting in this thread. I am ready to call this project complete. If you want to see my machine in action then please visit the Ruby Horizon thread. I will be posting pictures and videos there shortly.

The only thing I had left to do was to add a few finishing touches to the mounting system. I used the router to bore into my spoilboard along the x and y axes:



The holes have been bored in such a way that they are tangent to the lines y=0 and x=0.



Next I cut some wooden dowels.



These dowels are a quick, easy, and reliable way to mount raw material sheets to the table. I first insert the pegs, then slide my work piece into place. Once I have secured the work piece, I can remove the dowels so the machine does not hit them while cutting. With this system my material will be square with the machine axes and bottom left corner of the sheet will always be at the machine origin. All I have to do is home the router using my limit/home switches and the touch plate, and the machine knows exactly where to find the raw material.



That's all, folks!




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Oh man, just like robotics, Extruded aluminum everywhere, bolts and nuts filling all the shops cabinets, 25 desktops all working for rendering, prototyping. Man, I cannot wait to start building robots again.
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Pictures aren't working for me
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Hmm... that's odd.

Which pictures aren't working? All the pictures in the thread? Is anyone else having trouble?

Thanks for the heads up Oli!
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They show up fine for me.
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Ok I just debugged it using some dev tools and it is Safari not trusting the certificate of your comcast hosting.
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Oh man do I feel stupid. While building my CNC table I put the electronics in a crudely built wooden box until such time as I can build a aluminum or steel enclosure...I never thought of using plexi!!! Excellent build, you should post this thread on CNCzone.com also. Any chance that you would share your Vcarve save file? (I use Vcarve Pro)

Where do you source your plexi from?

Thanks for posting your build, it was excellent reading...ok..well...it was excellent skimming

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And here I was thinking I was being silly making an electronics box out of acrylic...

I buy my acrylic from McMaster-Carr. They have a warehouse very close to where I live.

I would be happy to share my Vcarve file(s), but I can't at the moment. I am currently traveling Europe and won't be back in the US for another week. I will send what I have when I get home, but I am not sure if I saved the Vcarve files. I may have only saved the G-code. Also, if I do have the V-carve files they will also have the other parts I was cutting for the cnc router- the cable carrier and switch mounts, etc. If you like, I should have my Google Sketchup model and I can send you that or export it to *.dxf.
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I am currently traveling Europe and won't be back in the US for another week.

Enjoy yourself, I spent three months in 2008 traveling on a EuroRail Pass. It was one of the great times in my life.

I will send what I have when I get home, but I am not sure if I saved the Vcarve files. I may have only saved the G-code. Also, if I do have the V-carve files they will also have the other parts I was cutting for the cnc router- the cable carrier and switch mounts, etc. If you like, I should have my Google Sketchup model and I can send you that or export it to *.dxf.


Enjoy yourself, I spent three months in 2008 traveling on a EuroRail Pass. It was one of the great times in my life.

DXF files would be excellent if you do not have the Vcarve files, thanks!
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