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With a great inspiration of the ShapeOko, earlier versions of the X-Carve and not least my own Stainless OX, I started to develop an entry level hobby machine remix of the three – It will be the makerCARVER. The plan is to use the best elements from each of the ancestors to bring out the best.
It will be yet another Cartesian style CNC. I expect to use the following profiles:
1pc. 40mm x 40mm profile as X-axis
2pcs. 20mm x 40mm profile as Y-axis
1pc. 20mm x 60mm profile as Z-axis
2pcs. 20mm x 20mm profile in the front and rear
1pc. 20mm x 20mm profile as drag chain support in the X direction
Except the gantry plates all parts will be OpenBuilds stock parts.
Size: The makerCARVER will come in four different formats
· 500mm x 500mm
· 500mm x 750mm
· 750mm x 750mm
· 1000mm x 1000mm
Due to the light weight Y-axis rail larger footprints are not recommended.
X-gantry will ride on the 40x40mm rail with 8 wheels on the top and 4 below. The wheels are sandwiched 2 by 2 to fit the 40mm rail.
Y-gantry will have 4 top and 2 bottom wheels
Z-gantry will have 6 wheels
I expect the gantry plates to be Stainless Steel again.
The build will be belt driven – most likely dual belt as the Stainless OX.
When I started prototyping the smallest format. I was using various parts from my other prototypes and products. I soon hit a bump realizing that one of the types idlers I was using for my last projects had changed. This small change made it so that the wheels and bearings could not slide onto the rails.
Moving some holes, removing the idlers and adding an extra row of wheels on both the x – and y-gantry plates and tested the new concept with laser cut acrylic plates. With these changes the first prototype quickly came together.
The prototype is now finished. We have made laser cut steel gantry plates and added limit switches and cable management.
Short video on the current status:
To be continues - Please follow the project
A Small format CNC Cartesian style Machine. This machine is meant to be fitting as an entry level machine as well as smaller projects for carpenters ect. Size range from 500mmx500mm to 1000mmx1000mm
- Build License:
- CC - Attribution Share Alike - CC BY SA
Reason for this BuildTo bring to the community a entry level machine based on OpenBuilds parts. Inspired by the ShapeOko, X-Carve and the Stainless OX this will be a remix of the best elements of the three.
Inspired byInspired by ShapeOko, X-Carve and Stainless OX