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Old Tue 22 December 2009, 20:29
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
Etching Glass and Cribbage Boards #52 - Fort Ripley MN USA

Hey guys,
Wanting to start a new MechMate build in Minnesota. Have previous experience with CNC. Built a 5' x 6' CNC plasma and refurbed a 2' x 4' MDF CNC router. I attached a few pics of what I have done so far, looking for you insight during this build.

P.S. Rad Racer is my brother so should be going quite quickly when the money shows up, lol.
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Old Tue 22 December 2009, 21:02
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
A little more info i guess. If you look at Rad Racers build history you see me, mainly the one covered in Ford blue powder Anyways we used the plasma to cut out his cyclone, it is working very good. The design for the plasma was just mine, I wanted to be able to cut 4' x 4' sheet. Rad Racer helped my with all the electronics and I did all the mechanical work (well with a little help). I think I am going to look to sell the plasma to generate money for the router MechMate. Wood is so much cleaner then plasma smoke and powdercoating. I will keep you guys updated.

P.S. Sorry about the mess in the plasma pics, always seem to have too much crap in the shop!

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Old Tue 22 December 2009, 21:34
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Welcome Dave, I dont mind some mess in the shop. Come and see mine some time, it will make you feel a lot better.
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Old Tue 22 December 2009, 23:18
Kobus_Joubert
Just call me: Kobus #6
 
Riversdale Western Cape
South Africa
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Nice looking Mach3 screen.. is this customised ? I noticed the STATUS message at the bottom saying 'Too fast for pulley...using Max' . I have the same message...machine is working fine, but maybe the Mach3 guru's can explain and suggest a possible fix.
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Old Wed 23 December 2009, 01:09
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
Thanks Kobus,
The M3 screen is just the MachBlue screen downloaded from Mach3. I think the error msg is something with spindle speed (which I dont use),not configed right.
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Old Wed 23 December 2009, 01:15
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
First cut with old router

Ok, it 2am and just got my first 3d project done, lots of figuring out software but here it is.
It is 2.5" x 3" with .100 relief, the letters are about .25" high.
Off to bed til tomorrow so I can play again.
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Old Wed 23 December 2009, 12:01
Rad Racer
Just call me: Wayne #25
 
Minnesota
United States of America
Hey, I recognize that cnc machine.....have you been shopping in my garage again

Good looking sign, welcome to MechMate.
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Old Wed 23 December 2009, 13:47
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
Your garage is the best place to shop!
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Old Tue 05 January 2010, 21:15
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
Ordering profile parts

Gonna order my profile parts next week from Metalhead. Gotta start sooner or later, actually really looking forward to this build.
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Old Mon 11 January 2010, 18:00
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
Started the new MechMate in Minnesota, USA

Well guys I ordered my profile parts from metalhead today and have my steel list to bring to the steel yard tomorrow, need to special order the c channel so hopefully I have it by Friday. Time to start welding the table this weekend.
Looking forward to it after countless hours reading everyones build threads but I learned alot and I know there will be questions, so thanks in advance to everyone and a special thanks to Gerald for the plans and your "upcoming" help.
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Old Mon 11 January 2010, 18:04
jhiggins7
Just call me: John #26
 
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Welcome Dave.

Sounds like you are well on your way.

Good luck on your build. And don't forget to post pictures of your build progress.
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Old Mon 11 January 2010, 18:31
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Welcome Dave,

You sound well planned. Good Luck.
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Old Tue 12 January 2010, 14:26
jehayes
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Whidbey Island, Washington
United States of America
Dave: Welcome to the club. Can you really weld in Minnesota in January? I thought the arc would freeze before completing the circuit! Looking forward to your pictures. Joe
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Old Tue 12 January 2010, 14:29
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Joe, I am further North than Dave, we weld here all the time in the winter. If we didn't, nothing would get done for 6 months.
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Old Tue 12 January 2010, 15:38
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
Joe, Even tho it is -28f it is still a nice toasty 65 in my shop
Ordered the steel for the table today, it will be here tomorrow (gotta love the supplier in my town). Hopefully start welding Thursday and I promise many pics.
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Old Thu 14 January 2010, 14:56
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
Picked up the steel today.

Well I picked up all the steel needed to construct the machine, got a great price from my steel supplier, $685 USD. Cant believe this pile of steel will turn into such an incredible working machine, Thanks again Gerald for the design.
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Old Thu 14 January 2010, 22:36
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Is that a plasma cutter on the right side of the last pic? The paint colour will pass!
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Old Fri 15 January 2010, 07:40
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
It is a cnc plasma cutter, DIY and where do you think I got the idea for the color?
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Old Fri 15 January 2010, 11:26
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
Profile parts are here

Profile parts showed up today from Metalhead, awesome quality parts and he also threw in some extra goodies, THANKS again metalhead. Well, laying out the drill hole pattern for the main beams, cross members, y stage etc... gonna be a busy day but excited to get started, hopefully have a good start by the end of the weekend. One bonus thing about my job (well good and bad) is that it is seasonal, I am a heavy equipment operator so here in Minnesota we have to take the winter off until the ground thaws, this gives me lots of time to get this project completed. Well, better get back to the project, I will keep you guys updated
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Old Fri 15 January 2010, 11:30
jehayes
Just call me: Joe #53
 
Whidbey Island, Washington
United States of America
Dave: You are really moving along, Keep this up and you'll be cutting before the pond melts! Thanks for the pics. Joe

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Old Fri 15 January 2010, 12:56
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
Getting everything laid out. Just a rough layout to get centers of main beam and rail
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Old Fri 15 January 2010, 13:12
jehayes
Just call me: Joe #53
 
Whidbey Island, Washington
United States of America
Don't forget, The cross beams are offset towards one end! (Gerald will ding you if you lay them out symmetrically!)
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Old Fri 15 January 2010, 14:23
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
those cross members are just there to hold up the main beams while i drill them, they get kinda tippy alone.
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Old Sun 17 January 2010, 09:46
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
Machine starting to take shape

After a good day of work here is my progress so far. Starting to look familar
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Old Sun 17 January 2010, 11:04
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
You have a nice team of helpers there . . . be finished by Spring?
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Old Sun 17 January 2010, 11:17
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
Hope to be done by spring, Rad Racer #25 (Wayne, my brother) is a big help on this project since he is a seasoned Mechmate builder. One thing I do have is time (seasonal worker) so I am hopeful it will be done fairly quickly.
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Old Sun 17 January 2010, 11:48
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
I thought there was a familiar face there!

We can see Dave & Wayne in this post
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Old Mon 18 January 2010, 19:55
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
Finished off the Y car this weekend, here are a cpl pics
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Old Mon 18 January 2010, 20:24
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Aircon, TV and radio all in one pic - that's a nice corner of the workshop!

There must be a beer fridge under the bench?
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Old Tue 19 January 2010, 04:30
Robert M
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I bet the stove is to keep the Pizza warm while .
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