Hey all, so I’m really thinking of building one of these, probably after the summer, and I pretty much have everything I need as far as electronics go (5 steppers, Ramps/Arduino, cheap chinese display, etc) from an old 3d printer project I had (it was a printer I was going to rebuild but I wasn’t sure how to make a more rigid frame after I took it apart with the tools I have). I currently need to perform some mods on my current 3d printer in order to start printing all the parts I need but I do have some questions I was hoping to get some help with.
-Pipe, does it matter if it’s schedule 80 or 40? Is one any better than the other for this project?
-Size, I’ve never seen a clear answer on this and I suspect it’s because pipes that will be holding the weight of the tool head will flex a bit one way or the other depending on your tool and the material being worked. I’d like to use this on wood initially and I’d like to be able to get a full sheet of plywood up to 3/4 inch in there. Has anyone made this size? What are the “gotchas” I need to look out for?
-tool head, I see that the dewalt is the preferred tool for milling here but I was wondering if something a bit heavier, like my porter cable 5.6 amp 30Krpm flush trim router which comes in about 4 lbs? Not that much heavier, but I want to know if that will cause more flex? will it need more reinforcement?
-I see talk of Lasers. Are these lasers that are being purchased for $100 capable of cutting 1/4 inch plywood? Or is this something that is just being used to etch? I have seen great etching with them but I haven’t seen any posts of anyone trying to cut wood with one. Also, I read a question from someone asking if it can be used to cut acrylic but never saw an answer. Has anyone had success with this?
-I plan to mount it on a large board (which may actually limit me to < 4x8 sheets of plywood) and put it on a system to pulley it off my garage work bench when not in use. Anyone have any experience with moving one of these? or does everyone just mount it directly to a table for the added rigidity?
I have other questions rattling around in my brain but they just aren’t coming to me right now.
Thanks in advance