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Convert my Ox to rack and pinion

Discussion in 'General Talk' started by Steve hope, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. Steve hope

    Steve hope Well-Known
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    hello community,

    I built from scratch what I can only describe as a routy Ox giant.
    My bed measures approx 1500 x 3m long.

    I opted to use gt3 timing belt when I started which has been ok, drives smooth enough but....
    Has a tendency to bind if it catches anything and looses steps.

    I have been know to accidentally stick something in its path on occasion.

    So my belt runs inside the groove of the aluminium extrusion with steppers and cogs running horizontal to the aluminium.

    What I would like to do now is convert it to rack and pinion to make the operation smoother/run better.

    Can anyone give me suggestions as to how to convert my machine, I feel like I am at a loss as the steppers run off Ox plates with delrin wheels so obviously can't squeeze it in between the profile like the belt.

    Has anyone converted their machine like this.

    Do I need to change to whole system to linear rail, trying not to spend thousands but hundreds.

    Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards


    Steve
     

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