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OX vs Workbee, what's the difference?

Discussion in 'CNC Mills/Routers' started by laurent Besseas, Jun 12, 2020.

  1. laurent Besseas

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    Hello, I'm wondering, in terms of feature, what are the main difference between theses 2?
    - Maximum work area
    - Accuracy
    - Milling capacity (speed, type of material, pass thickness...)

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  2. Peter Van Der Walt

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    Ox: outdated, long ago's design
    Workbee: Next gen
    LEAD1010 is actually the class leader
    - Entirely modular
    - High Z mod
    - More rigid
    - Several factors more acuurate than an Ox
     
  3. laurent Besseas

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    Thanks,
    so LEAD1010 is the best, but limited to 100x100x? (workbee is 150x150x47mm).
    Thanks
     
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    At this time yes

    Bigger is not always better: See How to calculate V-Slot® deflection - the bigger you go, the more the deflection

    What do you want to make? Milling lots of Alu little widgets: Get a Minimill (super rigid) for example ... Only planning on doing somewhat precise plywood sheet jobs like furniture and signs, get a 1500x1500...
     
  5. laurent Besseas

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    In my case, I'm looking for a model where I can add a 4th axis to work on 140x140x140mm stock wood material. I was looking for CNC Turning machine but it is lot more expensive than DIY CNC.
     
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    Ok cool, well look at the limitations above, Workbee is still on the list. But the info should give you some idea of the pros and cons.
     
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    Big drawback for the workbee with 4th axis is Z height. It has been suggested that the high Z mod for the Lead 1010 will fit the Workbee, but then it fits the Lead 1010 anyway. :D
    Alex.
     
  8. laurent Besseas

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    Thanks,
    Then the only one remaining is the Lead CNC with extra z as there is no extra Z mod for the workbee. Surprisingly there is no true openbuild CNC Wood Lathe
     
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    There are high Z mods for the workbee - taller plates for example.
    Alex.
     
  10. laurent Besseas

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    Thanks, not on openbuild shop I'm afraid.
     
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    I am in the process of building one right now based on purchasing a LEAD High Z kit and all off the shelf components from Openbuilds. The only thing purchased elsewhere is the rotary axis and tail stock. It will have a cutting length of about 27" and cutting height of about 10." The length could be longer, but I only have Vcarve desktop so I can't do unlimited.

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    Exactly what I would like to do. Would you lilke to share the component please for the rotary and tail? Thanks
     
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    I purchased it from Ebay in the U.S. form a store that - I assume - imports them in bulk from China. 〖US〗Rotation A Axis CNC Router Rotary Table 4th Axis 100mm 3 jaw chuck&Tailstock | eBay My previous attempt to get one a year ago failed when the Aliexpress seller took my money then said I had to pay more because shipping rates went up. That was a month after they had taken my money. I disputed it and I got my money back. I will not do business with them again. That Aliexpress store was LYCNC Store. I would have preferred a 4 jaw chuck, but I was not willing to pay the significant difference in price. I plan to make a triangular end piece out of aluminum that will screw into my work piece for the jaws to grab.
     
  14. laurent Besseas

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    Thanks, will a nema23 be powerfull enough to be used as Lathe axis? Same question apply to the belt drive....Please be aware that I'm not a mechanic man, so my question may sounds stupid.
     

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