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Question: What is the Max thickness of wood that can be placed in the 4x8 cnc milling machine?

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Tricky question. That depends on the way the table is built. If the table is built with a step down area, you can put as thick a material as you want. If the table is flat, the clearance is 6 inches. Now, the thickness depends on the size end mill you insert into the collet. If you use an end mill that has a 2 inch cutting length, then your material thickness is 4 inches without a spoilboard. If you need to mill thick material, I would suggest that you fashion the table accordingly so the table can accomodate any thickness you desire. That's one of the great aspects of the buildyourcnc machines, adaptability.

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    I am building the CNC in your book - Build you own CNC Machine. One of the bearing thicknesses is 1/4" I can't find that bearing online. I can find 9/32, will that be a problem. Do you have a source? Thx

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    Can you preset an origin point on this cnc? How long does it take to jog over? (If I have the case that I using the same thickness of maple wood, and same jig everytime)?

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    hi i just what to know if this cnc machines can make 3D wood carving & if can u ship to México?

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    I am looking at buying the blacktooth-laser-cutter-engraver-40w. Can you give me some idea of the types and thickness of material this machine will cut and/or ingrave?

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    Just bought Build Your own CNC Machine book. It is missing the chapter on lead screws that is described on page 181 at the end of Chaprer 16. Where can I get this info?

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    Can we arrange for a specific modification of cutting the you're like you suggested... The aim is to cut the tires into specified shapes( circular, rectangular or squares) with neat edges. Also would ave the modifications made in other to be able to cut the width of the tires into two there by expising the metal strings in the tires
    Please let me know if you get the idea and your take on the modification you think would suffice..
    Thanks.
    Femi

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    Can we arrange for a specific modification of cutting the you're like you suggested... The aim is to cut the tires into specified shapes( circular, rectangular or squares) with neat edges. Also would ave the modifications made in other to be able to cut the width of the tires into two there by expising the metal strings in the tires
    Please let me know if you get the idea and your take on the modification you think would suffice..
    Thanks.
    Femi

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    Please can you suggest which cutting machine is very suitable to cut vehicle tires of any thickness precisely and neat, thanks

  • Please can you suggest which cutting machine is very suitable to cut vehicle tires of any thickness precisely and neat, thanks

    Any of our machines can cut or mill tire material. What you need to consider is the machine size (will the tire fit in the machine with the proper modifications to the table) and the milling tool (end mill) used to mill or cut the tire material. The end mill will need to be specifically designed to mill the volcanized rubber material and the steel belts embedded within the tire.

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    Can we arrange for a specific modification of cutting the you're like you suggested... The aim is to cut the tires into specified shapes( circular, rectangular or squares) with neat edges. Also would ave the modifications made in other to be able to cut the width of the tires into two there by expising the metal strings in the tires
    Please let me know if you get the idea and your take on the modification you think would suffice..
    Thanks.
    Femi

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    Can we arrange for a specific modification of cutting the you're like you suggested... The aim is to cut the tires into specified shapes( circular, rectangular or squares) with neat edges. Also would ave the modifications made in other to be able to cut the width of the tires into two there by expising the metal strings in the tires
    Please let me know if you get the idea and your take on the modification you think would suffice..
    Thanks.
    Femi

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    Please can you suggest which cutting machine is very suitable to cut vehicle tires of any thickness precisely and neat, thanks

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    What is the difference between a NEMA 23 and NEMA 24 motor? can I use either one on a machine?

  • What is the difference between a NEMA 23 and NEMA 24 motor? can I use either one on a machine?

    The frame size difference of the NEMA 23 and 24 is very slight and, depending on the motor mount both will most likely fit. The bigger difference between these stepping motors is the torque. Make sure that the motor that you purchase has the appropriate torque for the axis that it will move.

    Is is safe to go with the higher torque? Or if the torque is too high for what i need is that bad?

    You can use a motor with higher torque. Just make sure to select the correct driver for that motor.

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    The frame size has nothing to do with torque. Nema 23 means a 2.3" frame. Nema 24 means a 2.4" frame. That's all. Either could have more or less torque depending on speed and power.

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    What is the difference between a NEMA 23 and NEMA 24 motor? can I use either one on a machine?

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    I'm considering the purchase of your Blacktooth laser. I will be engraving on my wood blocks that are two inches in thickness. Will the Blacktooth accomodate this thickness material?

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    In some cutting test with different speeds and intensities, the kerf has welded back together; however, this was caused by an unintentional process rather than an intentional one.

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  • What tolerance can I expect from your largest cnc machine and the laser cutter? Also, what depth can I get on the z axis?

    The largest CNC machine we make at this time (12/04/2015) is the GreenBull 6'x12' model. This model has 2 options for Z-axis travel.

    The short-z option has a total Z travel of 5.75 inches. From that you would subtract the length of the end mill used and the thickness of the spoil board to determine the maximum material thickness. (Example: If the end mill extends 1.25" from the collet and the spoil board is .75", then the material could be up to 5.75 - 1.25 - 0.75 = 3.75 inches in thickness). This is good for most sheet-type materials.

    The long-z option, used mainly for large 3D carvings, requires a custom frame and allows for up to 36" of travel.

    The tolerance of our machines, like any machine, depends on several variables. The major variables include the manufacturing tolerance, the type of machine control used, the precision of assembly, the thoroughness of maintenance, and the initial and ongoing calibration of the machine. Because we sell kits only most of these variables are outside our control. Therefore, we are hesitant to guarantee a certain level of tolerance for an end user. However, in our experience, tolerances of .001" are readily achievable with our machines.

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    What tolerance can I expect from your largest cnc machine and the laser cutter? Also, what depth can I get on the z axis?

  • Which cutting machine is suitable to cut vehicle tires of any thickness precisely and neat

    Any of our machines can cut or mill tire material. What you need to consider is the machine size (will the tire fit in the machine with the proper modifications to the table) and the milling tool (end mill) used to mill or cut the tire material. The end mill will need to be specifically designed to mill the volcanized rubber material and the steel belts embedded within the tire.

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    Additional Information:
    Can we arrange for a specific modification of cutting the you're like you suggested... The aim is to cut the tires into specified shapes( circular, rectangular or squares) with neat edges. Also would ave the modifications made in other to be able to cut the width of the tires into two there by expising the metal strings in the tires
    Please let me know if you get the idea and your take on the modification you think would suffice..
    Thanks.
    Femi

    Additional Information:
    Can we arrange for a specific modification of cutting the you're like you suggested... The aim is to cut the tires into specified shapes( circular, rectangular or squares) with neat edges. Also would ave the modifications made in other to be able to cut the width of the tires into two there by expising the metal strings in the tires
    Please let me know if you get the idea and your take on the modification you think would suffice..
    Thanks.
    Femi

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    Which cutting machine is suitable to cut vehicle tires of any thickness precisely and neat

  • Do you offer a touch plate kit? If not can a touch plate kit be added to your machines if so whats the process?

    Yes, you can add a touch plate kit. A touch plate works just like a limit switch. All you need are alligator clips and a conductive plate. Solder a wire to the conductive plate material and connect that to an IN (input) terminal. Connect the alligator clip to the gnd of the input and then to the end mill. Enable the home setting for the Z axis in Mach3 or Mach4 and use the "ref all home" button to home all of the axes. The z axis will home at the touch plate. Make sure that the touch plate is under the end mill when the z-axis is in the homing process.

    Here is a tutorial I made a while ago that explains this:
    https://buildyourcnc.com/PrimeronHomingandLimitSwitches.aspx

    Let me know what you think by click on the "submit response".

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    Do you offer a touch plate kit? If not can a touch plate kit be added to your machines if so whats the process?

  • Can you have interchangeable heads between plasma and milling head on same machine

    Yes, you can simply disengage the spindle mount or z-axis assembly, and engage a plasma mount. There are many variables, however, depending on the machine.

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    Thanks for the reply is there a preferred size table for the plasma milling option

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    The size of the plasma or milling table will depend on how you apply the machine and what size sheet material you plan on cutting and milling. For the plasma work, remember to position a non flammable substance below where the plasma nozzle will be spraying. The particles ejected from the work-piece caused by the cutting action of the plasma nozzle can ignite flammable materials.

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