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What is the difference between the different types of rails?

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  1. Amateur Maker

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    I can't see the difference between C-Beam and V-Slot rails.

    And am I mistaken, or do the OpenRails require 2 of them to function in addition to being mounted on one of the above?
     
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    Yes, each piece of OpenRail only provides one edge to ride on. You need two opposing edges.
     
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    Then what's the advantage to using them? I assume you can screw them together, back to back so to speak, if you don't want to mount them to a C-beam or V-slot rail.
     
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    You can mount an opposing pair on structural aluminum tubing, plywood framing, or whatever you want. No V-slot required. You can set your opposing wheel spacing at whatever you want based on the size of the framing member.
     
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    Thanks again!
    Can you cover the other question as well? What's the difference between V-Slot and C-Beam?
     
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    C-beam is just C shaped V-slot.

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    Amateur Maker. Go to the "PART STORE" and have a look around. Most of the answers are there. :D
     

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