I had a really dumb idea…what I am about to type MAY get deleted. I was thinking if I could make a mostly printed cnc mill, not router style. Now I know that mills aren’t as craved by the hobbyist community. A router is more the DIY type due to it’s huge work plane and less complexity in it’s gantry, but their geometry also holds them back in rigidity. What if you could make a machine out of pipe and plastic that can mill mild steels? Hard aluminum alloys?
Most mills are huge blocks of cast iron that are far more rigid than conduit or plastic parts could ever be. But with a certain geometry that I may draw out soon, it could be possible with our emt conduit, 608 bearing rails, and ramps board. The bed would move x and y like any normal mill, with the z that is fixed at the top. Ditch the belts and go with t8 leadscrews for both all 3 axis.
Smaller work area, but more vice friendly and more rigid…? Yeah I am kind of just rambling here.
Wonder if an MPCNC pro edition would really be worth perusing. I am talking SS tubes, proper spindle, stainless metric hardware(eye candy), future end stop system, and possibly thicker belts. Don’t get me wrong I like my machine now, but it does have its limits. I get a little jealous watching other machines that are well…a lot more expensive.
Wish I had something to compare it to, I have no baseline!