Installing phenolic top

In my prior post I removed the two layers of MDF and was down to the bare CNC frame, my friend Mike Queen from Wincnc (CAM software) wrote a G-Code file that I use with my digitizing touch probe to find the center of a hole, fist I turn off local zeros and work off machine zero (lower left hand corner)

Vacuum plenum preparation

I have been thinking about a vacuum plenum for my new Hurricane vacuum system I was going to use MDF but I then decided if I am going to create a vacuum plenum ….. do it right the first time. I decided to use phenolic because it’s stable.

So I had the remove the two layers of MDF that came on the machine. First I had to find the bolts holding the MDF down. In picture 1 you can see in the lower Left hand corner I milled the top layer of MDF off. I then centered my 1/2″ router bit over the first bolts and cut a groove down the Y axis through the first layer reveling bolts (thinking that CAMaster would lay the bolts holes in a pattern) which they did. Once I had the pattern on the X axis and the Y axis I draw the pattern in Aspire, picture number 2. Since I am unable to use the spindle to cut holes at the very back of my spoilboard I used a hand router to remove the top layer of MDF picture 3

Due to the weight of the MDF I decided to cutout sections of the spoilboard between the frame supports, again I used Aspire to draw the cutout cutting all the way through the spoilboard pictures 4 after machining I removed the pieces picture 5, 6 and 7

The new phenolic top should arrive on March 6th ……. I hope

I shall post more when I get the phenolic top.

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Vacuum pump

I have been thinking for a long time about installing a vacuum pump on my CAMaster Cobra CNC machine, Well I decided to do it, I bought a Hurricane vacuum system from WOW the quality of the Hurricane vacuum system is fantastic and it’s really plug and play, the system came complete assembled with a 6 foot cord and plug. All I have to do now is position it under my CNC and hook up the piping.

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Some ATC Pictures

Here are a few pictures of the new ATC table I am laying down T-Tracks, T-Tracks is a system where you use a standard bolt except you slide the bolt head into the tracks so the threaded portion protrudes upwards. You can them use a piece of wood and a large nut to hold the work piece in position.

New CAMaster 508 ATC arrived

Well for some people Friday 13th is unlucky, well for me it was a fantastic day because my new 508 ATC + Recoil arrived. I still have to hook up the 60 Amp power cable and the compressor but here are a few pictures.

The quality of the machine is fantastic, thank you CAMaster