Now that I have all my power supplies drivers and controllers, all those electronics need a nice safe playground to hang out in away from the dusty environs that the machine will no doubt foster.
At first I didn’t think I could get a box this nice. These water-tight Nema enclosures are big bucks!
But, I found a guy on eBay with a reasonable asking price, ( his wife must’ve wanted to park her car in their garage again ), and I made an offer, sobbed out my poor man’s DIY cnc router story and he took pity on me and let it go cheap.
The enclosure is 20”w x 24”h x 8”d.
It took a bit of effort to mount this. I had to remove the cable chain tray, insert t-slot nuts into the rails without disassembling the entire machine, revise the cable chain tray and reverse the door hinge.
Keep in mind that the box weighs over 40 lbs, it is low to the ground and I had to support the weight and line up the nuts and the holes with one hand while trying to blindly start the bolt into the threads with the other hand. This left me with an achy back and I took several breaks before it got fully assembled.
One nice thing about the Nema box is that it has a removable back-plane panel for mounting all the electronics.
Next up is planning the electrical layout inside the enclosure.
There is a small chunk of change to spend just in the wires. Still will need terminals, breakers, main power switch and 220vac pigtail.
That all will have to wait until next month before I can afford all of that. In the meantime I might be eating bologna sandwiches to get extra money in the budget.
Thanks for following along.
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