Hi all i’m a architecture student and after a few years messing around with 3d printing and recently buying a cheap 3018 for doing circut boards i’m planning on building a large format cnc machine. This machine would be used for tasks such milling out typographic landforms, 3d carving foam, cutting thin sheet metals and ideally i’d like to be able to do some aluminum to upgrade my smaller machine and make basic metal parts. The major design diffrences that have me torn between the MPCNC and Lowrider II are
- Z-Axis - the gantrey of the MPCNC means it's most stable when cutting raised stock close to the gantry and the frame must be built to the total height of the z-axis while the Low Rider can have a much larger z height for cutting softer materials like foam but maintain it's stability for low height cuts
- Tool changes - the design of the mpcnc seems like it would make it much easier to change tool when doing jobs that require tool changes while the Lowrider has the bit under the main gantry which seem like i might make it harder to acess.
- Aluminium performance - i've seen a lot of people cutting alumium using the MPCNC on the forum but substantually less about aluminum on the Lowrider so while i think the z axis design might provide better stability i'm unsure as toif this actually makes a diffrence.
- I have limited space to build so a lowrider build would be limited to a cutting area of a quater sheet 1200x600mm so not that disimillar to a size workable for the MPCNC but with a lot more tubing required for the MPCNC which is not cheap in my part of the world.