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Old Mon 30 October 2017, 21:24
Just call me: Bob
New York
United States of America
Greetings from Long Island, NY

Greetings !
I downloaded the MM files several years ago, but never went as far as the build. I'm currently expanding my operations and am looking at this machine once again- I will have the resources (within a years time) to invest in a large cnc machine that I will use primarily for sheet aluminum and some plastics.
I like the sturdy look and expandability of this machine, and believe it will suit my needs just fine. I'm looking to have a sheet capacity of 5' x 9' max capacity, with 5-6" z depth. I'm also interested in an added 4th axis.
I Plan on either servo control or hybrid steppers w/position feedback for motion control, along with a water cooled spindle. I do plan on having some type of coolant system (for cutting) along with air (chips and cooling) lights and extras. I will paint it MM Blue too!.
Whether or not I get all this , only time will tell, but you have to dream big.
I have mig/tig/arc and gas for welding, plasma cutter and various machine tools to help me build this, along with a 4x5' sheet capacity Joe's cnc machine that I made out of aluminum (finished few years ago). I have over 1,000 hrs of use on that machine, with minor repairs and great results.
If all goes well with my company, S-Squared 3D Printers,Inc , I will be able to start this project and add to my shops machines. Thank you for this opportunity.
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Old Tue 31 October 2017, 04:03
Just call me: Mike
Columbiana AL
United States of America
Welcome aboard!
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Old Tue 31 October 2017, 05:14
Just call me: John #26
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America

If you decide to proceed with servo's, you might want to check out BillT's very successful implementation of servos for his MechMate #111 documented here.

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Old Wed 01 November 2017, 07:47
Just call me: Bob
New York
United States of America
thanks for the tip. Those servo systems are very impressive, and will most certainly have to upgrade my Joes to them. Looks like the way to go for my mechmate build.
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Old Wed 08 November 2017, 22:02
Just call me: Davey
Ball Ground, GA
United States of America
Good luck on the build. Sounds like you have the tools to build a nice one.
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