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Workbee DIY recipe/requirements

Discussion in 'CNC Mills/Routers' started by mwrobot, Dec 27, 2018.

  1. mwrobot

    mwrobot New

    Dec 27, 2018
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    Planning to build a 750x1000 Workbee for milling wood (timber/ply/MDF etc), perhaps some aluminium (eg instrument panels) and maybe later on laser cutting/engraving. I'm weighing up buying a full kit from Ooznest - it seems good - and DIYing some stuff; partly to save some money (the full kit is a bit over my budget) and partly to be able to mix/match components, and learn a bit more by doing so.

    I'm very new to this so I just want to be clear that I know what I'd need to build the machine. It seems to be:
    • Mechanicals - extrusions, plates, wheels etc - there seem some kits available from Aliexpress
    • Stepper motors - what dictates what strength/torque required? The standard kits has 175oz, is that enough?
    • Power supply - also seems a generic part, easy to find
    • Drag cage, cables, limit switches - seems straightfoward
    • Controller- what are the options? The Ooznest kit uses the Duet, I am quite keen on the idea of it being networked/standalone with a web interface
    Does that cover the main parts? Am I missing anything I'd need?
  2. sharmstr

    sharmstr Master
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    Mar 23, 2018
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    I cant answer all your questions, but I'm happy I replaced my wheels on my 1500 x 1000 with linear rails. They are a pain Not sure how much the wheels, bearings, shims, eccentric spacers and screws are, but I have a feeling that its probably similar in price. Check out this thread: 1510 Workbee Modified

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