So since I’ve gotten into the idea of the Maslow I’ve felt like one of the largest limitation is that the cutting tool has to slide across the surface of the material, which limits mounting options and makes things a bit trickier. One solution I thought of was to set up the motors and router into a separate layer with cross-members that roll along the X and Y axes. This would mean a frame with a sort of clam shell design and lifters.
I’ll draft up this idea soon, I just wanted to see what feedback I could get on it.
Another potential advantage of this could be that with rigid enough cross-members it may be possible to mount a waterjet head or plasma cutter. My company mainly works with metal, so I want to find a way to maximize the potential of this machine towards that goal.
With that said, has anyone experimented with cutting aluminum? I would think with an added coolant line the Maslow should be able to cut soft metal.