Hello everyone, I’ve been reading this forum for a week now and have learned much, thank you all! I am in the beginning stage, so I wanted to introduce myself and my goals for the Maslow. I will do a complete build log (using current best setup data) and of course, will show off my results good and bad.
I work at My Favorite Art Place in Clearwater, Florida. We support the local fine art community by capturing their art and then printing it on a variety of substrates like canvas, wood, metal, paper, glass and plexi. We advertise custom everything, including metal sizes but we have yet to find a good way to cut sheet aluminum accurately with a clean edge (short of a $20K AccuShear). In speaking with our supplier, he told me they use a CNC router to cut the metal they sell to us, which is what led me to Maslow. Cutting aluminum .040 sheet stock is the primary goal, but obviously there are additional capabilities that we are all very excited about here as well.
FRAME: I plan to start with the 12’ top beam model, 30" above the top surface of the cutting area
SLED: I’m leaning toward the Metal Maslow sled with the Maker Made or Meticulous Z-axis (Rigid R2200 series router)
Everything else will be stock except for the 15’ chains and maybe a metal top beam bolted through the wood for greater rigidity.
I am new to CNC, but I do have experience creating 2D vector graphics and even some 3D experience from a while back +plus I am a competent wood-worker. I’m a computer and electronics nerd, so nothing scares me other than my inexperience with CNC machines.
I would love any input on my sled and z-axis choices, it seems the best option based on my reading, but I often notice I’m reading a thread from 2 years ago so things may have changed. I may make multiple sleds if needed, one for wood, one for metal, etc. I hope to start frame construction next week and we are ordering the Maslow kit once I’m confident I have made the right choices in sled and z-axis.
Any input is welcome, other helpful info is: We don’t cut much metal, so the speed is not an issue but accuracy is important. We do plan to use it to mill out recessed letters in wood and plexi and may even cut one-piece picture frames with a simple contour. I already have a commitment to cut some round frames with a routed 1/4" recess for the art to sit in. I can do this manually, but would love to see the Maslow do it for me. I want the machine as accurate as I can get it, while still being versatile enough to take on all the crazy and creative ideas we are going to throw at it.
Thanks in advance for any knowledge you can impart, and for reading along. Should be a great adventure!