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Backtracking slightly, I got the CNC home on the back of the trailer.  Getting it on was straightforward (if you have a forklift), getting it off is another matter entirely!

YAS-1It was initially parked in the garage, so it could be opened at least, to see what the beast looked like in reality. See SSYTC079 for the reveal video.

With the top and sides of the box gone, it was pretty apparent the monster that was about to be released.

Solid is one of the first descriptors that comes to mind, and that is a very good attribute for a CNC Router.

As recently mentioned, the boys from BlasterBoyz dropped around to give me a hand lifting and relocating the CNC to the workshop.

Once it was sitting in there, it was much easier to gauge its size, and choose a more permanent location.  Down track, it will be mounted on the stand that will normally be available with the machine, but in the meantime, my Carbatec workbench looked to be a reasonable choice.

YAS-5Had to clear the benchtop tools off, and temporarily find alternate locations for them.  It is a height-adjustable workbench, so I dropped it to its lowest position, so the working surface of the CNC was at a reasonable height.

YAS-1 YAS-7The feet were a bit wider than the top, so a couple of boards were added underneath, with a hole drilled for the rubber feet, so they were captive and unable to move around with vibration.  The holes are not as deep as the rubber feet are thick – didn’t want to loose the cushioning the feet provide.  The workbench struggles with the movement of the machine – it isn’t an issue for use (you can certainly see it rocking back and forth), but it will affect video quality, so I will have to stiffen it up before shooting any serious videos.  Probably fixing the workbench to the shed wall will be the best option for that.

As you can see, there is an overhead arm that carries the cables to the mill head (à la the Festool Boom Arm on the Cleantex).  It swings freely and very smoothly on bearings, and will also carry the dust extraction hose as well.

The CNC Router does not use an aftermarket router.  It has a spindle head that is plugged directly into the same controller that controls the X, Y and Z stepper motors.  This means the software also controls the starting, stopping, and speed of the cutter.  That is particularly reassuring if you leave the CNC Mill working away.  When the job is finished, the router bit is also stopped, and not left spinning unloaded in mid air until you get around to returning to the job.

Another huge benefit is noise, or a remarkable lack thereof.  It is incredibly quiet.  I don’t mean router under the table in a sound-shell quiet.  I mean stand right next to the CNC mill, while it is cutting and have a conversation without raising your voice quiet.  The X, Y and Z movements are noisier than the spindle it seems (and they are not at all loud either).  I could (probably) run this tool in the dead of the night, and not raise the ire of my neighbours. If I built an enclosure around the CNC, I could definitely run it through the night in the middle of suburbia, and no one would be any the wiser.  It is that remarkable.  Unlike another CNC machine I used designed to fit a commercial trim router that absolutely screamed (hearing protection was almost unable to cope!), this much more powerful CNC Router is no threat to your ears, or world peace.

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I’ve always really liked this caterpillar track-like cable guard.  It look neat, and professional.

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Every axis even has grease nipples at either side of the bearings for lubrication.  Goes to show just how industrial the machine is!  Any why have plastic components, when you can have steel!

YAS-10Back to the spindle drive for a sec – comes with a whole bunch of collets!  get a CNC bit that is 8mm? No problem.  How about 10mm? Sure.  What about using a dremel bit? No problem!

Finally, just take a gander at the size of the stepper motors!

YAS-11Talk about beefy!  Or should that be “Torque about beefy”  Because they have plenty.  And a threaded drive rod to match.

Doctor’s Orders

Was chatting to the doctor recently about various things (he’s always up for a bit of a unrelated chat about things, politics, state of the world, some of the things I’m getting up to, such as 3D printing and the like).  We got onto stimulants and relaxants, and he’s a firm advocate for the natural ones, particularly endorphins.

We explored it a bit further, and he suggested jogging is a particularly good one for getting a natural flood of endorphins through the system.

So I gave it a go.

Did quite a bit of jogging actually.  Some on the X-Axis, a lot on the Y-Axis (can get up quite a bit of speed on the Y-Axis – it is quite impressive), and even did some (p)lunges on the Z-Axis.

And you know, the Doc was right!  It was a real buzz jogging all over the place, especially seeing both how fast, and how delicate the operation can be.  Apparently, a daily regime is really good for you – I have no doubt.

Best thing is, I can go jogging remotely, leaving it all up to computer control while I relax in the spa with a beer.  Yes, life is good.

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The CNC – Final Countdown

The highly anticipated arrival of the CNC Router from YAS Engineering is now imminent, hopefully by the end of the week (depending on the speed of shipping companies).

I certainly cannot wait to get started using it, and seeing just what it can do (and with a degree of curiosity how much better it is to the CNC Shark I was playing with about a year ago).

First glimpse:

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Anticipation Mounts!

The latest offering from YAS Engineering is soon to become available, with the first release candidate of their new CNC mill about to make its way into Stu’s Shed.  Only 2-3 (incredibly long) weeks to go.

YAS Engineering for those unfamiliar, produce the Torque Workcentre, the Router Master and the Slab Master.

In the meantime, here is a video produced on one of their earlier prototype CNC mills.

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Some news!

There will shortly be a new CNC machine (CNC router) on the market.  Once that is Australian designed, and made as well.

Comes from a pretty interesting stable too – the same inventor behind the Torque Workcentre, and his company, YAS Engineering.  Now Keith (for those that don’t know) is actually a specialist in CNC machines, and has been making custom builds for years from the small, to the very large.   This design is one for production, rather than custom builds, and it is only about 6 weeks or so away from making the transition from prototype, to the first production machine.

And that machine will be making its way down to sunny Melbourne, to a modest shed that I am somewhat familiar with!

The bed on the CNC is 600x900mm, although the overall cutting capacity of the machine is more than that (yes, more, not less).  That means it can work over the end of the bed, so working on the ends of boards etc will be possible.

Thinking Aspire would be the best product to get to really showcase the capabilities of the machine, rather than just sticking to VCarve.  Have played with VCarve already, looking to jump to the next dimension (the third dimension) with my CNC routing!

More news as it comes to hand!

 

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