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Question: Which machine would be best suited to cut intricate patterns into sheets of metal?

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The machine that we sell that can cut intricate designs in sheets of metal would be any of our CNC Routers/Machines.
https://buildyourcnc.com/Item/milling

The main consideration would be the size of the cutting/engraving bed you will need. We have CNC Machines with routing areas ranging from 1'x3' to 6' x 12' or longer.

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  • I need a machine to cut guitar bodies. The bodies are 12" x 16" and 1.5" thick. What would work best?

    I would recommend using the blackToe CNC machine kit. The overall travel dimensions are 24" x 48" x 6". This will provide a bit of space on the sides as wiggle room if your guitar bodies are at the extremes of the 12". Also, if you are manufacturing may of these, the larger routing area, the more guitar bodies you will be able to cut at one time.

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    I need a machine to cut guitar bodies. The bodies are 12" x 16" and 1.5" thick. What would work best?

  • Which machine is best for woodworking. Best for someone that makes custome furniture

    All of our CNC machines are suitable for wood-working. It mostly matters what size you need (travel area).

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    Which machine is best for woodworking. Best for someone that makes custome furniture

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

  • Which controller(DSP or FPGA or other) is best for CNC machine for G code interpreter operations?

    It's probably better to use an FPGA or a microcontroller that is clocked (provided by a crystal oscillator) fast enough to simultaneously output pulse trains for the number of axes you intent to drive on the CNC and to provide for other processor operations, like spindle control, processing inputs from the machine and other outputs you may have (mist, coolant, etc.).

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    Hi,
    Thanks for the information.
    Some CNC controllers having both FPGA & DSP. Is there any advantages? What is the role of DSP in this case?

    regards,
    Naveen

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    Which controller(DSP or FPGA or other) is best for CNC machine for G code interpreter operations?

  • what machine would be best for PCB routing or manufacture?

    The blueChick would be the perfect machine to iso route PCB boards. The A4 size is 8.3x11.7 inches and the blueChick is 12x36 inches. It's a bit larger, but you would be able to route many more PCBs. I would also recommend getting the 1.5 kW or 2.2 kW spindle for the blueChick since you will want very low runout to make the isolation routes (kerf) between traces very thin.

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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

    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

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

  • Would you be able to provide .DWG/.DXF files instead of .NC files for the CNC Routing Machine Kit Version 1.3 please?

    These files are no longer available. We suggest purchasing a kit, like the blackToe, or blackFoot as these kits are far more rigid and perform much better.

    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/blackToe2x4v40.aspx

    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Item/cnc-machine-blackFoot-v4

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    Would you be able to provide .DWG/.DXF files instead of .NC files for the CNC Routing Machine Kit Version 1.3 please?

  • Would any of your CNC laser machines be appropriate for welding of thermoplastic materials?

    That is a good question. We have not tried to weld thermoplastics using our CO2 Lasers. It is possible since the laser outputs a heat source and at the right intensity and speed, the thermoplastic can be heated and melted rather than instantaneously vaporized and off gassed. I have done research to see if CO2 laser can weld thermoplastics with positive results.

    Our CO2 lasers are typical of other laser cutters on the market, so if their literature, or examples you have found, successfully weld thermoplastics, then ours will probably be able to as well.

    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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    Would any of your CNC laser machines be appropriate for welding of thermoplastic materials?

  • Would any of your CNC laser machines be appropriate for welding of thermoplastic materials?

    That is a good question. We have not tried to weld thermoplastics using our CO2 Lasers. It is possible since the laser outputs a heat source and at the right intensity and speed, the thermoplastic can be heated and melted rather than instantaneously vaporized and off gassed. I have done research to see if CO2 laser can weld thermoplastics with positive results.

    Our CO2 lasers are typical of other laser cutters on the market, so if their literature, or examples you have found, successfully weld thermoplastics, then ours will probably be able to as well.

    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 is the best way to determine speeds and feeds for machine and bit longevity?

    The speeds and feeds are generally based on the amount of flutes that are being used per pass and how hot the end mill is getting when milling.  You want to use as much of the flutes as possible on single cuts.  Make the deepest cuts you can to increase the life of the tool.  For instance, if a tool that is 1 inch in cut length and the depth per pass is 1/4", then only that 1/4" is being used for the cutting.  The 1/4" tip of that tool will wear faster.  
    Make sure the feedrate is as fast as possible without a cost to the edge finish.  This will keep the end mill cool since there will be minimal friction as you are always cutting into fresh cooler material.  
    Use the end mill manufacturer's chip load for the tool to determine the starting feed rate.

    Feedrate (IPM - Inches/Min) = Spindle RPM x # of Flutes x Chip Load
    See each end mill for the chip load value.

    If your machine cannot achieve these feed rates, reduce the spindle RPM using this formula:
    Speed (RPM) = Feed Rate (IPM) / (# of Flutes x Chip Load)

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  • Would your CNC machines be able to have an optic camera to pick up registrations marks from a printer?

    You can modify our machines to have a camera to view your process and pick up registrations.
    Here you can see a one of our customers adding a webcam to his machine! (https://www.buildyourcnc.com/tutorials/Example-customer-blacktoe-clintW)

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  • Which machine would you recommend for cutting fine elastic fabrics (natural fibre and synthetic fibre)? How do the cut edge look like (brown / melted / elastic / unelastic)?

    I would recommend using the laser to cut many types of fabrics. The condition of the burned edge will depend on the material being cut. If the material is a synthetic material, it may melt and fuse, which in most cases is a good thing. Some materials, if the laser is burning on the edge for too long, then the material will start to burn and vaporize the material. Quick passes with less intensity works well with fabrics so this undesirable condition does not happen.

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    Which machine would you recommend for cutting fine elastic fabrics (natural fibre and synthetic fibre)? How do the cut edge look like (brown / melted / elastic / unelastic)?

  • IF I PURCHASE A GREENBULL 6X LONG Z CNC MACHINE KIT AND MACH3, WHAT ELSE WOULD BE REQUIRED TO ASSEMBLE THE WORKING MACHINE? HAVE CAD SOFTWARE.

    You will need to build the table unit for your machine. There are instructions on how to do this at the bottom of the product page here, https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Item/cnc-machine-blackFoot-v4
    There is no estimate on how much this will cost though, since there are too many variables involved to do this.

    - PC with parallel port and USB port
    - 20awg stranded wires for the motors - http://www.buildyourcnc.com/electronicscombo.aspx
    - 18awg stranded wires for power supply to drivers
    - 24awg stranded wires for breakout board to drivers
    (location and spacing of components varies from one person to another, so we do not provide cables/wires)
    - General purpose extension cord (cut the female end off) to provide power to power supply
    - USB cable to power breakout board
    - Parallel cable to communicate to breakout board
    - Router
    - (optional - instead of router) Spindle with power inverter http://www.buildyourcnc.com/SpindlesAndAccessories.aspx
    - (if purchasing spindle with inverter) General purpose extension cord (240v) (cut the female end off) to provide power to power inverter
    - End Mill(s) http://www.buildyourcnc.com/ProductsEndMills.aspx
    - CAD, and/or CAD-CAM software (to produce geometry, machine operations, and g-code) http://www.buildyourcnc.com/CNCsoftware.aspx
    - CNC control software (to read g-code and control machine) http://www.buildyourcnc.com/CNCsoftware.aspx

    This answer is applicable to most of our machines with the exception of the greenLean and the blueChick since those machines are equipped with a table structure.

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    IF I PURCHASE A GREENBULL 6X LONG Z CNC MACHINE KIT AND MACH3, WHAT ELSE WOULD BE REQUIRED TO ASSEMBLE THE WORKING MACHINE? HAVE CAD SOFTWARE.

  • If I purchase a greenBull 6X Long Z CNC Machine Kit and Mach3, what else would be required to assemble the working machine? I have CAD software.

    You will need to build the table unit for your machine. There are instructions on how to do this at the bottom of the product page here, https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Item/cnc-machine-blackFoot-v4
    There is no estimate on how much this will cost though, since there are too many variables involved to do this.

    - PC with parallel port and USB port
    - 20awg stranded wires for the motors - http://www.buildyourcnc.com/electronicscombo.aspx
    - 18awg stranded wires for power supply to drivers
    - 24awg stranded wires for breakout board to drivers
    (location and spacing of components varies from one person to another, so we do not provide cables/wires)
    - General purpose extension cord (cut the female end off) to provide power to power supply
    - USB cable to power breakout board
    - Parallel cable to communicate to breakout board
    - Router
    - (optional - instead of router) Spindle with power inverter http://www.buildyourcnc.com/SpindlesAndAccessories.aspx
    - (if purchasing spindle with inverter) General purpose extension cord (240v) (cut the female end off) to provide power to power inverter
    - End Mill(s) http://www.buildyourcnc.com/ProductsEndMills.aspx
    - CAD, and/or CAD-CAM software (to produce geometry, machine operations, and g-code) http://www.buildyourcnc.com/CNCsoftware.aspx
    - CNC control software (to read g-code and control machine) http://www.buildyourcnc.com/CNCsoftware.aspx

    This answer is applicable to most of our machines with the exception of the greenLean and the blueChick since those machines are equipped with a table structure.

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    If I purchase a greenBull 6X Long Z CNC Machine Kit and Mach3, what else would be required to assemble the working machine? I have CAD software.

  • 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

  • Will Bobcad v27 work well with Black Toe machine. Which post processor driver do I use?

    The BobCAD post processor that will work with the USB interface that uses the Planet-CNC software:

    According to the Planet-cnc folks, wincnc or mach3 post-processors should work. According to a representative at BobCAD, mach3 post-processor should work.

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    Will Bobcad v27 work well with Black Toe machine. Which post processor driver do I use?

  • what parts would i need from you to convert my cnc plasma table into a laser cutter? price?

    First, you would need a laser tube, laser power supply, laser controller and a lens holder. You may need mirrors and mirror holders if you plan on orienting the laser tube in a direction other than directly towards the work surface.

    You can find these items and prices here: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/LaserComponents.aspx

    You will need to mount the laser tube and power supply. We recommend mounting the tube and power supply to the gantry, or directly to the axis that moves across the gantry for reduced power loss and to eliminate slight drift from mirror alignment error.

    The controller will need to be connected to your existing motor drivers. If you wish to still use your plasma table for plasma cutting work, you will need to have a switch and transistor circuit to switch which controller has precedence to control the drivers (having both controllers connected to the drivers, but having a TTL circuit using buffer/gates chips that is controlled by a single switch. We can assembly this circuit for you for a fee.

    If this is a machine that we did not manufacture, you will need to create the mounts for the laser tube. We can provide guidance for a fee if needed.

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    Will my existing controller not work for controlling both? What would I need to make the laser cut when the table moves. The table has a thc and enable disable circuit. Also when will the mirror mounting head assembly be in stock again?

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    I'm not familiar with the controller that you use for plasma cutting. The principle is probably the same. There is two main axes for movement and a trigger signal to start the plasma cutting. Not sure if your plasma table contains a z-axis that follows closely to the work surface to get the most efficient arcing. That function could be helpful, but not necessary for the laser.

    If your controller has a standard digital level trigger control, then that would be fine.

    Laser controller have the ability to create raster style engraving. If you don't need this functionality, then a laser controller may not be needed.

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  • Can you suggest a end mill that would cut 5/16th epoxy terrazzo sheets?

    We are hesitant to recommend a specific end mill because we do not have direct experience with terrazzo sheets and this material has a unique combination of properties that makes it difficult to estimate which characteristics would be most important for the end mill. However, we have had good experiences with C.R. Onsrud endmills in a variety of applications. Their catalog can be found here: http://www.onsrud.com/files/pdf/2014-Onsrud-Complete-Catalog.pdf We would suggest looking over their specialty materials section for materials that most closely match what you want to cut.

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