Received the y axis THK rails yesterday—just in time for the weekend.
I was able to mount them and begin assembling the y axis carriage.
As soon as the rack and pinion arrives I’ll be able to make the motor mount box and start focusing on the z axis plate.
The y axis rack and pinion gears are stuck in Chicago almost a week already. Not sure what the hold up is.
The cable drag chains arrived today from the east coast with no issues.
The chains themselves came as three separate 1 meter lengths. Opening the links wasn’t nearly as difficult as reattaching them. After some trial and error and at least one broken link, I got the two sized chains that I need.
I bought some 1 1/2” x 1/16” aluminum angle to make the drag chain trays for both the x and y axis and should finish those this weekend. If so, I’ll update this post with more photos
In my recent shopping spree, (the money is blown already, btw) I was able to locate a used ISO 25 tool changing spindle, but it was still nearly $3600. That’s a little better than the new ones I’ve been finding for $13500 but both options are still outside my reach.
Added the y axis cable drag chain tray to the back of the gantry. Decided to hold off on the x axis tray until that rack and pinion is installed.
-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251