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  #91  
Old Fri 22 June 2012, 06:57
MetalHead
Just call me: Mike
 
Columbiana AL
United States of America
Yep - You are correct G !!! Congrats on getting #100 !!!
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  #92  
Old Fri 22 June 2012, 06:58
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Pop the champagne!
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  #93  
Old Fri 22 June 2012, 07:11
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
Thats awesome!!

Congrats!!!

A testament to Geralds abilities as a designer that there are 100 documented machines built all over the world, by people with widely different skill sets.

Well done, sirs!!
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  #94  
Old Fri 22 June 2012, 07:25
clarson66
Just call me: Chris & Leon #100
 
Adelaide
Australia
The Party is happening!

A big Thanks to Gerald for sharing his Mechmate creation with all of us to enable us all to embark on the journey of building their own. It has been a long time in the making this Mechmate and it's has now earned it serial number.
Cheers to all the other users that we looked in on their posts to originally inspire us to build the Mechmate and help us during the build, and although we might not have posted in your build we appreciated being able to look in and gain knowledge enabling us to create Mechmate #100.

Here's to many happy years of making dust!

Cheers Mike, May you carry the mechmate forward for the all the next people wishing to build a Mechmate.

Regards Chris n Leon #100

Yes the Beer is flowing
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  #95  
Old Fri 22 June 2012, 07:41
Lonedawg75
Just call me: Leon
 
Adelaide
Australia
omg it is so nice to have built the machine, unfortuantly we had a few months of disruptions .. it is so nice that is all it is working well and we are now looking forward to makin things for the SA world
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  #96  
Old Fri 22 June 2012, 08:39
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Congratulations Guys!
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  #97  
Old Fri 22 June 2012, 09:19
hennie
Just call me: Hennie #23
 
Roodepoort JHB
South Africa
You did It!
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  #98  
Old Fri 22 June 2012, 09:30
jhiggins7
Just call me: John #26
 
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Builder's Log Update

Well done, Chris and Leon! Congratulations on completing your MechMate and earning Serial #100.

Here is the Updated Builder's Log.

Please let me know the "cutting" dimensions of your MechMate so that we can include them in your Entry.
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  #99  
Old Fri 22 June 2012, 20:59
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Congratulations !
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  #100  
Old Fri 22 June 2012, 21:43
zumergido
Just call me: Fernando
 
BS AS
Argentina
ok iam going for the Number 1000..
congrats.
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  #101  
Old Tue 02 April 2013, 04:47
clarson66
Just call me: Chris & Leon #100
 
Adelaide
Australia
Still going

Hi all,
Mechmate #100 is still happily running and I'm finally getting to spend some time working on it. Currently we have fitted the spindle controller so spindle starts n stops with Mach 3 now. Slowly updating and tidying bits up. Thanks to Surfcnc plans, we are in the middle of making and fitting his 4:1 reduction set up. Been getting some work for the Mechmate so some financial reward is finally happening.
Will post some pics when we get underway with the 4:1 upgrade.

Chris
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  #102  
Old Tue 02 April 2013, 18:59
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Congrates on 100
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  #103  
Old Fri 05 April 2013, 04:57
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
Well done guys !! congrats on the completion of MM #100

Cheers
Tony.
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  #104  
Old Fri 05 April 2013, 11:53
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Tony and Nils, he got his #100 in June last year already (Nils you already congratulated him at that time).....or am I missing something?
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  #105  
Old Fri 05 April 2013, 13:08
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Gerald,

Nice to hear from you. I try to keep up with all the new builds. It is nice to see that the builds have gotten to 100 + that are registered.
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  #106  
Old Fri 05 April 2013, 13:10
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Must have been the old thread bump that confused people.
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  #107  
Old Fri 05 April 2013, 17:02
AuS MaDDoG
Just call me: Tony #71
 
Brisbane
Australia
lol, Im with you Domino 11 that's what did it !! I saw the recent post congratulating and me being the friendly person that I am wanted to congratulate. Not too worry all good and good to hear that Chris and Leon are making some good use of MM.

Cheers
Tony.
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  #108  
Old Thu 18 April 2013, 05:03
clarson66
Just call me: Chris & Leon #100
 
Adelaide
Australia
Reduction drive

Well the pulleys and belts have arrived, after a fairly big credit. Place we ordered them from charged us nearly double what their website said. Bro picked up the laser cut plates today. Bearings on order from VXB now, ordered some from another Chinese supplier they arrived quick but were very poor quality and not even correct sizing. They nicely refunded my money and now we wait for the VXB to arrive then its assembly time. Will post some photos soon when it starts coming together.

Chris
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  #109  
Old Thu 10 April 2014, 08:59
clarson66
Just call me: Chris & Leon #100
 
Adelaide
Australia
Reduction Drives on

Well I'd become quite happy with how the MM has been working that I got a bit side tracked and left the reduction drives in their box. Now happy to say I have x and y made up, installed and tested. Much nicer and smoother cuts at higher feed rates.

Chris
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  #110  
Old Wed 23 December 2015, 04:26
clarson66
Just call me: Chris & Leon #100
 
Adelaide
Australia
Vacuum clamp

From the inspiration of Deere #116 a mini vacuum table. Needed to make something quick to hold some wooden boards in place for cutting into cheese boards. 200 x 200 mm and worked a treat.
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  #111  
Old Wed 23 December 2015, 15:39
pblackburn
Just call me: Pete #98
 
South-Central Pennsylvania
United States of America
Great job

If you ever need, I have a design I use that is 325mm square using two sheets of 19mm material. Just let me know, I think it is on my thread but if not I can send you the files. It is sized to not restrict the air flow at all of the vacuum until the surface has material place on it to achieve maximum tension. I use it for engraving plastic tags.
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  #112  
Old Fri 28 May 2021, 05:46
clarson66
Just call me: Chris & Leon #100
 
Adelaide
Australia
Been a while, Mechmate #100 has been whirring away quietly doing all sorts of odd jobs. In the last couple of years it has moved the Clare Valley in South Australia and lives a quieter life in amongst vineyards now. Have had a couple of vacuum/blowers sitting under the bench and recently had a job come through that would be easier with a vacuum table so I whipped up this prototype to get me through. Will rebuild it again when not in quite a rush to get a job done.
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  #113  
Old Fri 28 May 2021, 06:14
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
Really well done! Congrats
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  #114  
Old Fri 28 May 2021, 06:16
clarson66
Just call me: Chris & Leon #100
 
Adelaide
Australia
Cheers, I'm really impressed with how well it works. The MDF bleeder sheet was warped and as soon as I hit the pumps with a sheet of plastic on top the MDF it pulled it straight down.
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  #115  
Old Sat 29 May 2021, 06:29
jhiggins7
Just call me: John #26
 
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Hi Chris and Leon,

Nice work, thanks for sharing.

What Horsepower are your blower/vacuums? Just curious. I have one that bought years ago and was wondering how it might perform as a vacuum hold down.
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  #116  
Old Sat 29 May 2021, 06:58
clarson66
Just call me: Chris & Leon #100
 
Adelaide
Australia
They are Kawake Ring Blowers, 1.75kw 240v Aussie. Each one move about 125cfm or 3.5m3 They can achieve a vacuum force as well, I'm getting about -6 inHg. It's not a lot of force but testing has been promissing. Best thing is though they seem to keep going, ran the system for 1 and half hours while the glue dried on the spoil board and they only got 40 degrees celsius. The old vacuum cleaner motor on the test one would probably been in flames by then.

I haven't machined the glossy layer of the top of the mdf yet and in a test tonight it still managed to pull down a warped piece of 3mm ply and held while machining.
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  #117  
Old Sun 30 May 2021, 05:32
jhiggins7
Just call me: John #26
 
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to your progress.
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  #118  
Old Tue 14 December 2021, 18:46
AlexTup
Just call me: Oluluron
 
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Hello everyone - I have updated the list of the newbies and members attending this weekends event, together with the undecided. Also posted within the thread is the meeting place, together with a link to the Adelaide Zoo, to enable you to print a map if required.

fozzie
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