|Project by luv2learn||posted 05-22-2012 10:35 PM||21344 views||34 times favorited||20 comments|
A while back I posted my 3D pantograph build. That machine would duplicate a pattern at 1/2 or 1/3 scale depending on how you set it up. I thought it would be nice to have a machine that would not only duplicate a pattern at 1/2 or 1/3 scale but also full scale.
Rather than have two machines, the 3D pantograph and a full scale duplicator I set out to see whether or not I could combine the two. This is my attempt at a dual purpose machine. I used the 3D pantograph framework with a few modifications for the full scale duplicator.
The full scale router pattern duplicator can copy patterns 15” wide by approximately 48” long. The plywood bed of the duplicator is 37” by 60”. The welcome sign shown is 6” by 24”. The router runs horizontally on a 5/8” diameter steel shaft with bronze bushings as bearings. The entire frame rolls back and fourth on four roller blade wheels.
When in the 3D pantograph mode the wheels are locked in place as is the horizontal movement.
Matthais Wandel just posted videos and plans of his new copy carver. I can turn my machine into a copy carver as well but I would have to redesign the router framework so that it would pivot at the router itself. I can’t use the 3D pantograph framework for this purpose. But for now I will see how well I can get at making signs.
You can see more photos of this build here.
-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green