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Forum topic by Ripper70 posted 11-06-2016 07:08 PM 683 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2016 07:08 PM

Saw this today and figured it might be interesting to some.

Maslow CNC – a $500 open source 4 by 8 foot CNC Machine

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo


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#1 posted 11-06-2016 09:22 PM

I would take a “wait and see” approach to this one.

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#2 posted 11-07-2016 12:19 AM



I would take a “wait and see” approach to this one.

- ArtMann

I couldn’t agree more. I’m never one to be an “early adopter”. The thing isn’t even due until June 2017. However, it does look promising. I’d love to have an inexpensive opportunity to get into CNC. It might prove to be pretty good and the video speaks for itself.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#3 posted 11-07-2016 01:06 AM

I looked at that, too, and it does seem pretty interesting. However, there are a few problems I see with it. First, and most important, you can’t do 3D or even 2.5D carving, and no V carving. That limits they type of cuts you can make to simple cutouts.You might could simulate some variable depth cuts by manually setting your bit height, but that would be so tedious it wouldn’t be practical.

Second, it’s pretty slow. Max speed is only 48”/min.

Third, it seems to rely on the weight of the router to keep it aligned. What if you run into a hard area of the panel? Seems like it would cause the router to wander. Just doesn’t look like it would be rigid enough to make a very accurate cut. And being vertical, once you cut the workpiece free, it’s going to drop down into the bit channel or worse, on the bit if it happens to be at the bottom of the cut at the time. No way to add tabs to hold it in place.

I have a CNC machine and the above limitations are too much for me to consider it. But it is a cool concept. Just needs a lot more improvement to be practical.

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