Long time lurker, first time poster.
I have done a lot of research around diy CNCs and have decided to build the mpcnc for a number of reasons. Mainly cost and the active community here.
I have a few outstanding questions that I need to resolve before moving forward.
I am planning on using .049 1" stainless steel tubes as I can source it locally. Is a 4’x4’ pipe length a reasonable size for .049 stainless? Bonus: what size printed parts do I need?
I imagine that I will need to modify the wiring and get additional belts if I order the parts bundle. (And of course add spindle and pipes) Anything else that will need to change based on a 4’x4’ footprint?
I prefer Linux and was planning on using fusion 360, until I realized they do not support Linux. Linux guys, what Linux cad/cam software are you using? I saw someone was using a pi and running some sort of server on it for cnc.js and another for octoprint. I am guessing I can use fusion 360 for cad and the pi setup for cam. Are my assumptions correct here? Any details I am missing g or anything to add here?
I plan on adding a 3d print head at some point in the future. Is that a reasonable requirement for a 4’x4’ footprint?
I like the idea of the auto-squaring capability of the dual stop firmware. That package has been sold out for a while, any idea of when the Rambo parts bundle will be back in stock? I assume I can purchase the board somewhere else as well, any reputable US dealers?
Sorry for the long post, let me know if I should split it up into multiple posts. Thanks.