First off, after very little time building a frame and calibrating, I am shocked at how good things are working. The elegance of the Maslow design is hard to overstate. I think it’s amazing! Thank you to @bar, @dlang, @MeticulousMaynard, @Gero and all of the rest of this amazing community for providing me broad shoulders to stand upon.
I am excited to get to get to the Meticulous Z-Axis, and so I began with the design from the Garden. (I would like to say thank you to the author but I don’t see it there. Maybe @jwolter?) Dust chute, metal frame, alibaba z-carriage, water-cooled shield (yes I bought one of those) are all dancing in my head, but first, a bit of troubleshooting.
Can anyone tell me what caused this? I don’t believe I had any chain slippage or sled obstruction at the time. It just decided to wander there. (I know engineers love phrases like that!)
Next up is differing cut depth. I would like to ask whoever made the cutting paths how many depth plunges are involved in the design. I can go look at the code, which I will get to eventually. I suspect my issues come from a lack of spoil board support. I definitely have some warpage. The good news is that this gives me a proper excuse to rebuild and improve my frame now I have a better appreciation for the design.
My rig, as it stands today:
Bar’s bolt together frame with 10’ unistrut top bar, r2202, ring + original z-axis
@MakerMadeCNC - How about a billet aluminum meticulous z-axis kit? Christmas is coming…
Where on the the ply-sheet is this cut?
Looks like the router was on the way down (outer path counter clockwise?)
Not enough weight on the sled? To deep Z in the material?
A similar pattern is created if the vacuum pipe touches the floor, or some heavy chip-out is ‘guiding’ the sled sideways. I do have a ‘hand sand block’ with rough sandpaper and go after the sled each path.
Sled tilting off working surface, Incorrectly balanced sled or add support scrap wood beyound working surface.
Cutting too fast/too deep. Dull bit.
Cutting at extremities of 8x4’ board which causes excessive chain slack. If you need accurate cuts then work in stages and keep cuts within center 6x3’ area. Can be fixed by extending top bar further past cutting area and adding longer chains.
The rounded/wonky corners on the rectangles can be improved by decelerating the cutting speed when changing cutting direction. This is done in you gcode creation software e.g. Fusion 360 see:
I centered the full z-axis design in the sheet. It’s big / complex and I have certainly contemplated breaking into components. I failed to mention that my temporary sled is too short on the North side by 3 inches, and this has clearly been an issue, so it seems in line with @tinker’s comments.
Brand new bit and 10K RPM, so I’m thinking that’s not the issue. For now, I will go with some extra weight on the temp sled and watch it closely.