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Workbee CNC Router/Laser Machine

Discussion in 'CNC Mills/Routers' started by Leonard Cross, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. Leonard Cross

    Leonard Cross Well-Known
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    Leonard Cross published a new build:

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  2. JustinTime

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    I like the prism idea. Did you find the the beam is weaker exiting the prism compared to using the lase without the prism or is it the same and there is hardly any loss?
     
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  3. Leonard Cross

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    I do notice a small amount of light "escaping" outside of the main beam, but the resulting beam effect seems to be the same with or without the prism.
     
  4. sharmstr

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    Really impressive!
     
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  5. Leonard Cross

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    Thanks, I had fun :)
     
  6. TurfnSurf

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    How sturdy are the V-track wheels/linear rail system? I've always been curious.
     
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  7. Leonard Cross

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    As this is my first CNC machine, I don't have much to compare it to, but I have been very happy with the performance. I have worked mostly with wood to date, but I have been able to route hardwood with a 1/4" bit at top machine speed (2500mm/min) without issue. One of the projects was making cutting boards shaped like puzzle pieces that interlock, and while you could achieve better tolerances from a more rigid machine, this setup produced really good results. I have been using it pretty regular, with minimal wear and tear noticeable, but as the machine is less than a year old, I can't yet comment on long term reliability.
     
  8. Mark Carew

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    Great Build post @Leonard Cross lots of really nice ideas and shares.
    Thank you for taking the time to post your Build as well as the helpful feedback from your CNC experiences
     
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  9. Leonard Cross

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    Thanks Mark! The machine has given me hours of enjoyment, and Openbuilds has been a key resource in the jouney.
     

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