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  • #76
    Thanks guys. More to come.

    Bernd
    New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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    • #77
      I just picked this machine up last week with the optional 5W laser attachment. All I can say is, AWESOME! The possibilities with this little machine are endless! One of my first projects was the development of an N-Scale deck girder bridge, which was cut from 110lb. cardstock (.015" thickness). I will include pictures. I can't even begin to think of what all else I will be able to do with it...I guess I need to get a list going!

      Cheers,
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      • #78
        Good to see the innovation going on here.

        Jim
        Take the red pill

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        • #79
          Good looking start
          Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

          Cedar Swamp
          SW of Manistique, MI

          AVATAR Image stolen from Model Train Stuff advertisement in my e-mail

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          • #80
            Originally posted by sd80mac View Post
            [FONT=Courier New]I just picked this machine up last week with the optional 5W laser attachment. All I can say is, AWESOME! The possibilities with this little machine are endless! One of my first projects was the development of an N-Scale deck girder bridge, which was cut from 110lb. cardstock (.015" thickness). I will include pictures. I can't even begin to think of what all else I will be able to do with it...I guess I need to get a list going!

            Cheers,
            Donnell
            Hi Donnell,

            Welcome aboard. Happy to see another user on here. That's a nice little project you did there. How did you deal with the smoke?

            I didn't get a laser for it for now because I have some other ideas I want to apply to the little machine. Would love to see pictures of your setup.

            Bernd
            New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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            • #81
              I'm just getting caught up here. The engine shed was based on a design by Frederic Testard. This is cardstock and cut by hand before I started using my Cricut machine.


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              It's interesting you are using a Cricut blade, Bernd. That's a clever attachment for holding the blade. The Cricut is pretty basic compared to what you have. The blades do a pretty good job of cutting, though.

              Nice looking deck girder bridge, Donnell.

              George

              The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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              • Bernd
                Bernd commented
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                I'll be doing this shed sometime. It'll go along with the rest of the HOn30 quarry line. The the electrics and diesel critters need a repair shop.

                I think the machine is more versatile. I got to act like a Cricut. On the list is a corrugation making machine and then a riveting machine for brass or any other medium that will show up rivets.

            • #82
              Hello Bernd. I have included a picture of the machine with the laser attachment. They secured a mounting bracket to the back of the laser module, and that bracket slips into a recess on the front of the spindle mount. It's not the greatest way to mount the laser, but it is effective enough until I get the Comgrow Comgo Z1 10W laser engraver.
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              Here's a shot of the old machine, a generic 3018 Pro CNC. I still like this machine because is has an X-axis travel of over 13" or 330mm. I plan on upgrading the 3018 CNC, initially by adding MGN 12 or 15 linear rails to the X-axis along with an all-metal off-the-shelf Z-axis module that will fit a new 500W spindle. This will solve much of the flexing on both these axes, and allow me to make more aggressive cuts and maybe even cut some aluminum. Eventually, the Y-axis will get MGN linear rails and the machine's frame will get thicker cross members. The goal is to stiffen the machine up quite a bit by using it to upgrade itself in stages. Ultimately, I want it to be able to handle machining non-ferrous metals like aluminum and brass. It will end up looking very similar to the Genmitsu 3020 Pro Max machine. Additionally, I would like to upgrade the ROBO's spindle to at least a 500W model to have enough power to muscle through aluminum plate.

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              Hello George,

              That is a great looking engine shed! I didn’t realize how much I would like building with paper! Nearly as much as with styrene! And this laser makes it that much more fun!

              Cheers,
              Donnell
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              • Bernd
                Bernd commented
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                Thanks for the pictures.

            • #83
              Very nice job Donnell! That laser with out any rotational movement to overcome, certainly solves a major issue. I'm in the middle of building a 3' X 3' table with linear rails and NEMA 23 servos. All the electronics and control has been designed and tested. I'll probably go with a 30-50 watt laser. Another project in the works!

              Jim
              Take the red pill

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              • #84
                Hello Modelers,

                So, after a week of tinkering, I found that my machine was not cutting square. I ended up removing the gantry, loosening the frame screws, and making adjustments to square up the frame. After a while, I finally got the machine cutting as square as I could find acceptable. I only hope that this carries over to the routing when the time comes as I want to use this machine to help upgrade the generic 3018 cnc.

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                • #85
                  Hi sd80mac,

                  Somebody on the ROBO Facebook page was having the same problem. His wasn't the machine but the something to do with the part. It wasn't very clearly explained in the post. I haven't check for squareness on my machine. You got me curious now.

                  Bernd
                  New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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                  • #86
                    I used the laser to cut a desktop/tabletop mini module to mount a straight section of Kato Nscale Unitrack from 1/8” basswood. The module was 248mm long by 90mm wide, and the laser cut all of the parts beautifully. However, I didn’t know about the “squareness” issue at the time, so when I went to assemble the pieces, much to my surprise, the module developed a severe twist!

                    So, I took of the bottom plate and flipped it over, sure enough the twist was gone. I thought I had bumped the machine and misaligned the cut somehow, but it turned out that the machine was out of square.

                    Honestly, I took for granted that the machine was setup correctly from the manufacturer, and this was largely based on all of the positive reviews I had seen on YouTube for this machine. Plus, it really is a great deal with all that you get for just over $200!

                    Anyhow, the machine seems to be okay now.

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                    • Bernd
                      Bernd commented
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                      Great to hear all is good.

                  • #87
                    Here’s an n-scale mock-up of the backyard workshop where eventually all these tools will end up! This was cut from 2-ply (.036”) mat board. The next iteration will be more complete with scribed siding, trim, and shingles!











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                    • #88
                      Unbelievable how nice a job that little laser will do and at a good price to boot. Looks very nice.

                      Did you have any smoke problems?

                      Bernd
                      New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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                      • #89
                        looks great !

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                        • #90
                          Donnell, Will you do the scribed siding and shingles using 2D and then assembling, or do 3D cuts with the laser? What CAD/CAM software are you using?

                          Jim
                          Take the red pill

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