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Miniature Z Drive

Discussion in 'CNC Mills/Routers' started by Fred Quarles, Dec 18, 2016.

  1. Fred Quarles

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    With all the latest builds and mods focusing on bigger and badder machines I though I would post about a miniature Z axis slider that I built for a new Laser build called the Junk Box Mini Ox.

    This slider is based on a modified 2040 v-slot to simulate C-Beam. It uses a unique stepper motor that has a traveling lead screw to move the z axis trolley.

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    The slider.



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    End view. I cut out the center section with a hacksaw, used a drill press and file to make the link piece that ties the plate to the lead screw.


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    Where to cut the 2040 to make the mini C-Beam, remove all the green area.


     

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    Cute and just right on the Junk Box Mini Ox...

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    I like the idea of a perforated bed! If that was accompanied with a pull-out tray from beneath, like a bird cage, I reckon you'd be onto a winner. :thumbsup:
    I don't think it would work on a larger machine without a lot of support, but it is something I will consider on my next build. :rolleyes:
    Good job. :)
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    Do you have a link to where the stepper motor is available from?
     
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    This machine is a laser cnc and the perforated plate will allow the down exhaust of fumes for removal. I'll show more detail when I publish the build on the laser forum The drawer below is where all the electronics will be mounted.
     
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    It came from Sparkfun.com
     
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    Thanks
     
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    They have an interesting video on their site reference stepper motors.
     
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    @Fred Quarles , you're such a great source of inspiration, you defiantly can think outside the box, keep up the great work mate...:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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