Man I’m so excited for this project! I just stumbled across a reference to MPCNC on a 3D Printing Redit post a couple of weeks ago. I don’t know how it wasn’t on my radar earlier. I’ve been doing heavy research ever since. I’ve been wanting to print a big project and this is the one!
I’ve messed around with the x-carve in my hacker space a few times to sort of understand it or at least I accumulated enough knowledge to start me on a path to building a MPCNC. I was going to upgrade it’s underpowered stock spindle to make it useful but now I’ve decided to just build my own MPCNC instead. I’ve had a PowerSpec 3D Pro Printer (MicroCenter’s branded FlashForge) for about 2 years and I know it pretty well for consistant PLA printing so I was ready. I just received a new roll of Inland grey for a mini Nintendo RetroPie build that I didn’t need so it went to use in printing all the grey parts. My machine has never ran so long! It normally sits on my work desk and prints a few things here and there, usually weeks in-between. I took it home last weekend and printed 24 hours a day all weekend long. Those big XY parts took over 13 hours each. Perfect for overnight printing. I just finished up all the “grey” parts today. Burned through pretty much that entire spool of plastic. I have a mostly fresh spool of the neon green so that will be used for the “red” parts. It’s humming away on my desk right now with the tool mount.
I’ve made a lot of eBay and amazon orders on Monday for electronics and parts so they should be coming in shortly. The goal is to assemble over winter break. I’ve got a couple of pieces of EMT but I don’t know what size I’m going to build yet. I hope to get a table design put together first.
I plan to use it for a few wood projects via router. Add the drag knife for sure added shortly so I can stop using my wife’s Silhouette. And probably a cheap laser engraver not too far off. I like to make wood boardgame organizer inserts so I would love laser cut 3mm plywood. I know that is probably not going to happen. Past experience with laser cutter in the hacker space has told me you need a lot of power to do that job in a reasonable amount of time without burning. I also have access to lots of foam core board so I’ll experiment with that too.
It was great to read through the Fusion 360 post. I’ve been trying to learn it as well. I have extra incentive now!
Sorry for the long post and thanks Vicious and the community for a great design and support!