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I just graduating this last spring from Tech school in CNC programming and CAD design, your gonna love that thing! imagine doing you cuts, and all your routered corners, engraving, cut lines for doing 90" degree curves (and you can use bits smaller than a saw blade to make the Kurfs super tight!) and doing inset cuts for supports and baffles channels, all in a single cut, and knowing that everything is square, and perfect to boot! HECK, you be able to take ROUND scraps and cut them into perfect squares again if you wanted.

Your production time should go way down, after you learn the machine, messed up pieces/scraped parts, will be nearly a thing of the past.

Get ready to BE addicted! - (yup, even MORE than you are now)

Congrats on the Purchase, the risk will be worth it! And if you decide it's not for you, I'll take it off your hands lol - CNCing Audio stuff a lot more fun and creative than making airplane parts.................

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FYI, make sure they throw in some TOOLING!!!!!! (those are the cutters, and spindle holder (aka tool holders)). You'll want MORE than one because that way you can have various tools loaded into the machine.

I also noticed, that the table your getting DOESN"T have an ATC (automatic tool changer) this is fine, if you want to run just one tool type. But if you want to run several different tools, your going to have to program STOPS in your program, for manual tool changes, which isn't the biggest issue. The big deal is that that not all tools will NOT have the same height offset, and therefor you may have to write a separate program and mirror of you first program (at a different height offset) or hopefully the software lets you overlap and rerun the previous program and a different offset. BUT, rounding bits will usually have a different' height offset, and ALSO most times have a different zero point due to how they cut.

In that brand, an ATC, is twice as much though.... but if you ever want to run more than one bit at a time, PRICELESS!!!!!

When i was making AR lowers (in school lol), it takes over 30 tool setups, and changes. and sometimes you run a bit, just for a second, like a chamfer or a single drill bit. I know that's a more complicated part than wood panels... but if your wanting amazing things CNCed.... it's nice to have options and with how good of a designer you are, I'd hate to see you limited or frustrated by your tools limitations.

I know you already made the purchase, just wanted to point out some things to think about. I don't know how much you know, if anything about CNC, so I figured i'd just throw some food for thought or atleast maybe you have a few more questions you might want to ask before you lock and load, and dump you mag.

Hopefully, the sales person pointed all this out to you, and tried to understand what you wanted to build with your new machine, and the goals you had for it.

NO, bubble bursting here! just looking out bro.

Ryan

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SMD,

ATC from same company -

Don't really pay attention to the part they are making, it's crap, and boring. BUT, notice all the tools in the rack with all the different lenghts? The tools are being set to Zero, when to tool taps down on that metal pad, and that sets the tools endpoint to zero, so that the tool can follow the same work height as the last tool.

Tool setting is only done when you put a new tool in a holder, or you want to double check, not needed before every part is made, BUT on a manual setup, you have to reset tool ANYtime you make a change. This is because you only have 1 tool location to save a zero point to. NOW, if they have a decent program that runs their machine, you MAY be able to set several VIRTUAL tools up maybe 1-10 so that you even though your program will stop, it will do a VIRTUAL tool change, and when you press restart (after making your manual change) it will act just like an ACT would, and then continue using the next tool bit on your work piece.

ALSO, their part entry speed is SLOW, but that's just crappy programming (not the program, but someone just setting the speeds and feeds at child levels). Your machine can and will move faster than this boring video.

Ryan

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About 30 years ago, I started from the bottom, cutting MDF with a hack saw blade, keyhole saw (whatever i could find, then a cheap black and decker jigsaw with a bent blade. Then got a router years later and believe it or not, then came a table saw. Right about that same time i got a panel saw too. I always wanted one just like at Home Depot because of those "deadly accurate" cuts it had. :D

Been built a lot of boxes and a lot of "things" over the years with whatever i had at the time. Well this time i upgraded again. I have been thinking of a CNC machine for cutting MDF for years! I finally got the flame lit under my ass when Brian aka Audiofanaticz and i started talking about it last night. He tossed me a few links and i was really liking the prices. The unit i chose is about $15,600. I am putting a fat down payment down (even though i qualified for NO down payment) and i will pay the 4 year loan off probably in a year or so. I like to do this (get loans and pay them off fast) so i can get the kickass credit score out of the deal. Damn near 800 right now :D

I am hoping it will arrive about 2 weeks from tomorrow after i finalize the paperwork on it.

Now you guys KNOW i will post pics when it arrives! Now, to find a spot to put it and get my electrician on the job.

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Here is a link to the finer details.

https://www.elitemetaltools.com/tool-shop/products/baileigh-wr-48v-router-table

This is quite awesome. Does this mean you will be expanding into offering custom milling services or is this entirely for personal use?

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I just want a dust boot like that one on my Cnc Gonna save your ass some cleaning time lmao.

What kind of programming are you going to run?

2d cut or 2.5d cutting something like that or are you going straight to very very expensive 3D software?

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FYI, make sure they throw in some TOOLING!!!!!! (those are the cutters, and spindle holder (aka tool holders)). You'll want MORE than one because that way you can have various tools loaded into the machine.

I also noticed, that the table your getting DOESN"T have an ATC (automatic tool changer) this is fine, if you want to run just one tool type. But if you want to run several different tools, your going to have to program STOPS in your program, for manual tool changes, which isn't the biggest issue. The big deal is that that not all tools will NOT have the same height offset, and therefor you may have to write a separate program and mirror of you first program (at a different height offset) or hopefully the software lets you overlap and rerun the previous program and a different offset. BUT, rounding bits will usually have a different' height offset, and ALSO most times have a different zero point due to how they cut.

In that brand, an ATC, is twice as much though.... but if you ever want to run more than one bit at a time, PRICELESS!!!!!

When i was making AR lowers (in school lol), it takes over 30 tool setups, and changes. and sometimes you run a bit, just for a second, like a chamfer or a single drill bit. I know that's a more complicated part than wood panels... but if your wanting amazing things CNCed.... it's nice to have options and with how good of a designer you are, I'd hate to see you limited or frustrated by your tools limitations.

I know you already made the purchase, just wanted to point out some things to think about. I don't know how much you know, if anything about CNC, so I figured i'd just throw some food for thought or atleast maybe you have a few more questions you might want to ask before you lock and load, and dump you mag.

Hopefully, the sales person pointed all this out to you, and tried to understand what you wanted to build with your new machine, and the goals you had for it.

NO, bubble bursting here! just looking out bro.

Ryan

bro, i am using it to cut speaker box wood and some acrylic not carving my own wheels or making an engine block. But good looking out in case i was!


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