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Question: Is the Greenlean capable of cutting soft metals like aluminum or brass? Thanks

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Yes, the greenLean can cut metals such as aluminum and brass. The gantry and Y carriage was designed to be rigid enough to handle these types of metals. The typical metal cutting techniques should be used, such as high feedrates to reduce heat buildup at the end mill, or the use of cutting fluids or cold air used at the end mill as is necessary with most machines that cut similar metals. This is necessary since the aluminum has a rather low melting point and can clog the end mill.

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All of our machines are capable of cutting many metals, including steel and aluminum as long as the proper CNC machining operations are used like light fast passes, and if desired, using air cooling for better performance.

Here is a video of one of our customer demonstrating aluminum cutting using air to cool the end mill.
https://www.buildyourcnc.com/tutorials/tutorial-milling-cutting-metal-blacktoe-mark-gottschalk

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how do I hold down material on a greenlean

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  • I already built a 4 x 8ft carving machine, I would like to modify for laser cutting wood. Do you sell a conversion kit? I use Mach3 software and steppers. Thanks Ray

    We offer a laser/spindle Z-axis attachment for our 4x8 greenBull CNC. The blackFoot 4x8 does not have a large enough gantry to accommodate the 40W laser tube.

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    We do sell the parts to convert your CNC milling machine to a laser, but you will need to develop the mounts that will hold all of the laser parts to the machine, if the machine was design and built by you.

    We can offer guidance for this conversion.

    The laser parts can be found here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/LaserComponents.aspx

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    I already built a 4 x 8ft carving machine, I would like to modify for laser cutting wood. Do you sell a conversion kit? I use Mach3 software and steppers. Thanks Ray

  • Where is the best place to see projects made with BuildYourCNC CNCs? I would like to get an idea of carving capabilities and cutting Baltic Birch plywood. Thanks.

    You can always come to our offices in Katy TX. If that is not an option, we can do cut in our shop and record video for you. Specify what you would like to cut and we can consider doing this for you.

    Thanks. I've reviewed the gallery and think my question comes down to this- Can I do hardwood carving like Mike M.'s guitar display cases and cut 3/4 inch baltic birch plywood with the same machine?

    Absolutely, the cutting and machining is more a function of how the machining operations are created and specified. Baltic birch is not a tough material and you will be able to cut very aggressively with any of our machine kits.

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    Where is the best place to see projects made with BuildYourCNC CNCs? I would like to get an idea of carving capabilities and cutting Baltic Birch plywood. Thanks.

  • Does the 2X4 ft CNC model allow cutting a 2X4 ft board or what is the cutting demeninsions? Thanks

    Yes, the 2'x4' CNC router (blackToe) cuts within the full 2'x4' dimensions and a tiny bit more.

    Link to the machine:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/cnc-machine-blacktoe-v4-2x4

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    Does the 2X4 ft CNC model allow cutting a 2X4 ft board or what is the cutting demeninsions? Thanks

  • How feasible would a vacuum hold-down system be for a vertical CNC like the greenLean?

    Building a vacuum table, for any CNC machine is possible but doing it right might take a adequate amount of information and extensive planning. Depending on the overall complexity you want to build.
    Example, you want sections, and valves that can be operated to close sections of the table to allow vacuum to a specific spot of you material.
    It is possible and would be a very precise method to hold down your material.


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    Thanks. It may be something I'd like to try on my greenLean at some point. Dan Spangler wrote a nice article on building a "Universal" CNC vacuum table in the latest issue of Make magazine, volume 41.

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    How feasible would a vacuum hold-down system be for a vertical CNC like the greenLean?

  • Hello  We would like to buy a greenLean Vertically Oriented CNC Machine we start from scratch and want to make sure that we get all the pieces, we need  hardware and software we have a PC and a Mac

    If you purchase the greenLean, you will get everything you need except a router, computer to operate the machine, and software to control the machine. You state that you have a computer. You can use this computer, but you will need to determine if it has a parallel port, or if you are going to need the USB controller option. As for the software, there are too many different options for you to choose from. We would not be able to tell you which to get, and how much it will cost you. This is a matter of preference. I can tell you, however, that you will need 3 types of software to complete a CNC project. You will need CAD software to design your design, CAM software to add tool paths and convert the design to g-code, and then control software to take the g-code and operate the machine.

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    Hello  We would like to buy a greenLean Vertically Oriented CNC Machine we start from scratch and want to make sure that we get all the pieces, we need  hardware and software we have a PC and a Mac

  • Hello  We would like to buy a greenLean Vertically Oriented CNC Machine we start from scratch and want to make sure that we get all the pieces, we need  hardware and software we have a PC and a Mac

    If you purchase the greenLean, you will get everything you need except a router, computer to operate the machine, and software to control the machine. You state that you have a computer. You can use this computer, but you will need to determine if it has a parallel port, or if you are going to need the USB controller option. As for the software, there are too many different options for you to choose from. We would not be able to tell you which to get, and how much it will cost you. This is a matter of preference. I can tell you, however, that you will need 3 types of software to complete a CNC project. You will need CAD software to design your design, CAM software to add tool paths and convert the design to g-code, and then control software to take the g-code and operate the machine.

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    Hello  We would like to buy a greenLean Vertically Oriented CNC Machine we start from scratch and want to make sure that we get all the pieces, we need  hardware and software we have a PC and a Mac

  • I need help choosing the appropriate machine...engraving wood products and cutting sheet aluminum panels.

    For in-depth information please call 281-815-7701 to speak to a salesman or email sales@buildyourcnc.com

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    I need help choosing the appropriate machine...engraving wood products and cutting sheet aluminum panels.

  • Is the Greenbull5X capable of being used for shop production work on a daily basis

    Yes the greenBull, is capable of that operation, which we also use one for our production line, which conducts all the manufacturing of our machines that we sell.

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    Is the Greenbull5X capable of being used for shop production work on a daily basis

  • Hello, will the 5x10, 40w laser cutting table cut nylon fabric like 1000D Cordura?

    1000D Cordura is a woven fabric made with nylon. CO2 Lasers can cut nylon but nylon melts poorly, so the finish may not be acceptable.

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    Thats what i was worried about. Is there any way i could get someone to run a quick test to see how the finish is? Im trying to decide to buy it or not. Most of our edges end up getting bound, so it may not be a big deal if they are a little rough

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    If you send me a sample of the fabric, I have no problem putting it on my Vertical Laser XL and running a few passes at different speeds and intensities. Sounds like a good opportunity for a test on video.

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    Also, please send me a MSDS if you can for the specific material that you have. I want to make sure there are no harmful gasses from other constituents of the fabric.

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    Hello, will the 5x10, 40w laser cutting table cut nylon fabric like 1000D Cordura?

  • What is your shipping costs for the greenLean CNC machine to Perth Western Australia

    You can determine if the country is serviceable by:
    - selecting the items you want to purchase on the website
    - go to the cart (shopping cart top left of any webpage)
    - log in, or register
    - Enter the address and click on calculate shipping.

    The webpage will return the direct rates and whether your area is serviced or not. Feel free to enter any address as long as you are able to receive the package from that address.

    The shipping times are determined by the service you select in the shopping cart. If a machine is purchased, we generally have a one week lead time unless otherwise stated in the description of the machine's product page.

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    What is your shipping costs for the greenLean CNC machine to Perth Western Australia

  • What size motor is powering the y axis on the greenLean CNC machine?

    For our greenLean CNC vertical machine, was built and controlled using 2 651-oz in motors/425 oz-in motor.
    The 651-oz motors runs both the x/y axis, as our 425-oz motor controls the z axis.

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    What size motor is powering the y axis on the greenLean CNC machine?

  • i would like to purchase the Greenlean Vertical as a skratch kit.

    We do not provide scratch build kits for any of our machines due to copyright issues in the past. The only plans we make available for purchase are included with our basic scratch build CNC kit.

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    i would like to purchase the Greenlean Vertical as a skratch kit.

  • I am building a wet plasma table for my shop that is 8'x 16'. I will need hardware and software. Please heko me wuth the list, My phone is 9124273734. I would like to talk with someone if possible. Thanks, Rus

    If you purchase the greenLean, you will get everything you need except a router, computer to operate the machine, and software to control the machine. You state that you have a computer. You can use this computer, but you will need to determine if it has a parallel port, or if you are going to need the USB controller option. As for the software, there are too many different options for you to choose from. We would not be able to tell you which to get, and how much it will cost you. This is a matter of preference. I can tell you, however, that you will need 3 types of software to complete a CNC project. You will need CAD software to design your design, CAM software to add tool paths and convert the design to g-code, and then control software to take the g-code and operate the machine.

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    I am building a wet plasma table for my shop that is 8'x 16'. I will need hardware and software. Please heko me wuth the list, My phone is 9124273734. I would like to talk with someone if possible. Thanks, Rus

  • Would any of your kits be appropriate for cutting brass type?

    Really, any of our CNC machines can cut brass.

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    Would any of your kits be appropriate for cutting brass type?

  • Please could you show more example pics of the quality of engraving the Blacktooth is capable of?

    Please check our gallery section for examples and also check out blackTooth laser on youtube to see a lot more examples.

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    Please could you show more example pics of the quality of engraving the Blacktooth is capable of?

  • Is there anywhere i could see one of your machines,12" x 36",working,thanks

    You can see pictures and info on our machines on the gallery link in the top bar.

    Here are a few links for the blueChick CNC:
    Rot Aylett's:



    &feature=youtu.be

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    Is there anywhere i could see one of your machines,12" x 36",working,thanks

  • WHAT IS THE SHIPPING WEIGHT AND DIMENSIONS FOR GREENLEAN?

    Shipping crate 121" X 36" X 92"

    Weight 511 LBS

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    ship in india pls

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    International shipping rates can be determined by:
    - adding products to the cart
    - go to the cart and enter shipped by address
    - and pressing the calculate shipping button

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  • Is the white ant capable of connecting to any other program besides replicator g? Is so which ones?

    The whiteAnt has only been tested with the replicatorG application. There is no reason that another program cannot be used as long as the program is compatible with the gen4 electornics.

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    Is the white ant capable of connecting to any other program besides replicator g? Is so which ones?

  • 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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