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convert hobby cnc to 3d printer ?

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  1. outofstep

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    Hi , im keen to make some architectural models amongst other things,
    bought this cnc machine from the guy who made it
    it makes a bit too much noise for me until i build a shed and get a quieter spindle
    also from looking at these forums i see that my machine has some problems and also 3d printers seem like they can do what i want without the noise
    At some point id like to get a better cnc going and though this machine hasn't got that much i can reuse so maybe it would be okay as 3d printer?
    on another thread i asked if i could reuse electrics and realised that it would be much simpler to get some new stuff

    so my plan is get- ramps board, drivers etc, heatbed, direct extruder, end stops, lcd
    and try to reuse atx power supply?

    can the standard ramps electronics run these nema 24 okay?

    will my MDF z axis, or bed axis catch on fire?

    will lead screws be too slow ? or possible to callibrate with standard software

    Alternative to buying these parts i could just buy a machine but not cashed up

    cheers in advance
    ben
     
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    problems with my machine-
    bed is bowed- but y rail itself is okay
    difficult to adjust bearings to rail gap
    guy who made machine used a design then built it bigger without re engineering it
    fair bit of play in machine - suprised that has been able to cut anything- usually cut quite slow, small increments
    noisey

    good things-
    lead screws, nema 24
    came with computer and cnc software all set up
     
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    (bit embarrassing putting this bit of junk up on this site - but gotta start somewhere!!!)
     
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    these photos of some work the cnc has done above look rough, especially with flash- i have tried to run jobs as fast as i could get away with so as not to annoy neighbours
     
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    there are no pictures displayed !! you either have them set to private ov you need to upload them to photobucket to share them

    ah there is a issues with google another member had the same issue
     
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    thanks for letting me know! , i can see the photos
    they are hosted with google photos - thought i had it sorted
    cheers
     
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    ill try hosting photos with dropbox, all photos below are hosted with dropbox, hope they work
     
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    question-
    is my machine too rough to convert to 3d print?
    will it catch on fire?
     
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    does this work?
     
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