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bachaabdelkabir Sun 08 July 2018 05:51

Frame Underway - Casablanca, Morocco
Hi dear Mechmate Community.

I have started building the beast with a friend of mine some weeks ago. But we are very limited for the moment with time as we work on the construction on some weekends. We decided to share the our construction story with all of you ( Mechmate Community members) :D.

For now we have achieved just the following milestones :
-> Purchased the plans and digested them for weeks.
-> Read the forum daily for the sake of information.
-> Purchased equipment for cutting and drilling.
-> Purchased the majority of Metal (C channel beams UPN180 and son on)
-> Cutting the majority of the pieces for the base table.

I will post some pictures as soon as i modify them to suite the size that is acceptable for the forum.

Some of the difficulties that we are facing right now :

-> We are still searching for a local company here in Casablanca-Morocco for the laser cut parts.
-> We are looking for another bigger working space for rent.
-> We are still looking for foreign suppliers for the other components (Spindle, v-groove bearings, steppers, etc...)

Best regards to all of you.

MetalHead Sun 08 July 2018 05:56

Welcome aboard!

wiifm Sun 08 July 2018 06:31

Originally Posted by MetalHead View Post
Welcome aboard!
+1 Welcome!

bachaabdelkabir Sun 08 July 2018 06:41

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Here you go some pictures


lonestaral Sun 08 July 2018 19:06

Good to see someone else with a tiled floor.
Keep posting the photos.

YANLM Mon 09 July 2018 21:02


bachaabdelkabir Mon 09 July 2018 23:41

Thanks to all of You

Best regards.

bachaabdelkabir Sat 01 September 2018 13:58

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Hi All

Here are some pictures showing the very slow advancement of our build.

We are closed to return it upside-down

Best regards

bachaabdelkabir Fri 28 September 2018 09:53

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I just wanted to share an update about the building. As I mentioned before we rarely manage to have free time to this projet.

The laser cut part have finally arrived after two weeks of waiting from a local company :D

I have also welded M12 Nuts to the foot closing plates of the base table (Part 10 10 334).

Best regards.

bachaabdelkabir Mon 01 October 2018 03:10

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Another update.

We finally managed to rent another more spacious workshop (About 50 sq meters ) with a reasonable renting price. The previous one was 15 sq m .

Ps: the floor will not be tiled ;).

Best regards.

bachaabdelkabir Thu 15 November 2018 06:38

X and Y rails and V-wheels
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Hi all,

I wanted to share some updates:

- We are now at the stage of cutting the v-rails
- I will receive today two test parts of the v-groove wheels from two local fabrication companies. we must decide with of them will take the offer :
--> Company 1 : the quote is 5,5 $ per piece without bearings
--> Company 2 : the quote is 25 $ per piece with bearings inserted and ready to work with.

Any advise, please ?

Robert M Sat 17 November 2018 20:52

Welcome aboard Mate !!....Keep up, fun is on it's way ;0)!!
All the best, Robert

bachaabdelkabir Sun 18 November 2018 05:21

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Thanks a lot Robert !

Here are the pictures of the v-wheel test parts :

I have chosen the quote 1 because the company N2 didn't respect the design very well as you can see in the pictures (the ones with one bearing inserted). Even if the company has raised the price to 10$ per piece.

As for the cutting process of the rails, i am still struggling on that point. in fact, we don't have a good flat surface.

I am wondering if i can use the main longitudinal beam as a reference surface, but the cutting process will be vertical. (It seems to be a little bit complicated).

Best regards.

bachaabdelkabir Tue 20 November 2018 17:56

X and Y rails
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Hi all

Here are some updates.

I had a very difficult time trying to find a good flat surface to use a reference for the cutting process. I tried first three UPN 80mm steel profiles as surface together but it wasn't satisfying. Finally, I used an 8mm glass surface from a broken table and it worked perfectly before it broke after cutting one X rail. now have to came up with another solution to complete this job.

guille2 Wed 21 November 2018 09:25

good job!!! you could use this

MetalHead Fri 23 November 2018 03:52

Looking great. Melamine white panels or MDF Plywood work good for doing rails.

bachaabdelkabir Sun 25 November 2018 01:03

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Thank you very much for the help Goya and Mike :)

Actually, I managed to use another piece of the broken glass surface and used it to continue the cut.

I finished the X rails and still have to do Y rails.

I have made a mistake by cutting X+600 for the X-rail's length while it should be X+960 as mentioned in the plans for the grinding process (see the picture above)

I think i should solder two additional 360mm pieces on both sides and grind them.

Best regards

bachaabdelkabir Fri 21 December 2018 10:36

x and y rails
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Hi all,

I wanted to share some advancement on the project :)

- We bought 9 meters of Racks
- Made the Excentric bushings from 12mm blots
- Finished the assembly of skate grinder
- Finished the grinding of the Y-rails (see pictures)
- Welded some extra pieces to the X-rails

But I noticed that the new welded pieces are 1 mm smaller than the long x-rail.
Do I need to regrind those rails horizontally to reduce the hight to be 27mm in order to allow the grinder skate to go smoothly?

Is it fine to reduce the height of the X-rail from 28 mm to 27mm?

DocTanner Fri 21 December 2018 18:01

Hi bachaabdelkabir,
It;s good to see someone building. The height will be fine. The springs that keep the stepper engaged will make up the difference. Best of luck to you.

Donald AKA

bachaabdelkabir Sat 22 December 2018 04:01

Thanks a lot Donald

MarkRH Sun 30 December 2018 05:57

Looks good, how hard was it to roll over? What do you guess it weighs? Im just getting to putting my table together and may have to leave legs off to have it clear ceiling height

bachaabdelkabir Sun 30 December 2018 17:29

HI Mark,

I had no experience in welding before starting this project and I managed to complete the table without difficulty (I have just watched some instructional youtube videos).

For the weight, I think that that the table has something like 300kg. The big longitudinal beams share a big amount of that weight.

Good luck with your build :)

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