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Workbee CNC Router/Laser Machine

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

  1. Leonard Cross

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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.
     
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  5. Leonard Cross

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    Thanks, I had fun :)
     
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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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    Hello, I have a Workbee CNC and also have a laser from china.
    I need help to connect together, could you please send me your contact to this e-mail: [email protected]
    I would be grateful if you can help me.
    Thanks.
     
  11. Jeromy

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    I love this build i'm in planning stages for a similar build. Can i ask where you got your 10 watt laser or model?
     
  12. Leonard Cross

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    I purchased it from Endurance Lasers (Improve your 3D printer or CNC machine with an Endurance laser module). They are in Russia, but I have gotten great pre and post sale support! I do recommend the 10W+ version - I started with the 5.6W, but felt it was under powered, and upgraded to the 10W+ a few months later.
     
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  13. laurent Besseas

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    Wonderful build indeed, did you plan to share the vaccum part and total cost of the vaccum upgrade.

    Thanks
     
  14. Leonard Cross

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    Thanks for the kind words, I have really enjoyed the journey!

    I have not had time to document the details of the vacuum fixture, but can give you some pointers.
    - I found this link particularly helpful on the fixture itself :
    7 CNC Fixturing Tips for a Small Shop | Make:.
    - I went with a 4.4CFM pump I found on Amazon. It works fine, just be sure to put a filter inline with the intake, as I had to dig sawdust out of the pump without it.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MY0C5EZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Good luck!
     
  15. ricards

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    Hello, this looks like a really nice build, and i am planning to build something similar.
    I would really appriciate if you could tell me what metal/how thick did you use for this part, that holds the x axis motor and x axis beam.
     

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    I purchased a WorkBee 1010 kit from OpenBuilds, so did not fabricate the part in reference. As best I can tell, all parts are made from Aluminium, and are 6mm thick.
     

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