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Pen attachment for 1/2" spindle


#1

So, there have been some great posts regarding making a pen attachment for the Maslow. I had planned on making this one:How I made a sharpie pen tracer quick relase to fit into ridgid router
Today I came across this:
http://www.widgetworksunlimited.com/CNC_Plotter_Pen_Bit_Thick_Line_p/cnc-pltr_pen_thick.htm

Not sure it is worth the money, but certainly interesting


#2

The replacement pens are not terribly expensive, so it may be worth it after all.


#3

$12 each for the replacement pens (I wonder if a regular sharpie would fit??)

they also have various other drag knifes available (glass, vinyl, etc)


#4

I believe it’s $12 for 4 pens. I’ll look again.

EDIT

Yup, 4 pens. The insert comes with 4 pens too. Not horrible actually. I wonder if the pens could be sourced elsewhere or if a sharpie mini would work?


#5

They do look like sharpies


#6

How about free -

This is a picture from the sharing area of the community garden area of the wiki ( it’s not clickable )

This is designed to use the free pencils at Ikea - you will need a 3D printer. If people want them and don’t have access to a printer I can make them available. In fact I am working towards a kit including a stopper for the Arduino plug and the pencil bit. (coming soon)

Enjoy

Thank you


#7

can you provide an image of that in operation? Video too would be even better


#8

Nope - It was requested buy another user here and I kicked it out for them. I have no need. I have another file for a pencil cap that allows me to use a hole in my sled and 2 rubber bands for this purpose. The pencil is offset by the distance from the router bit and the hole, but it allows me to leave the router attached. When I get a chance I’ll print one and try it.

Thank you


#9

It’s for a half inch collet. I believe we are using 1/4.


#10

the r2200 router is a 1/2" router


#11

My router has both 1/2 and 1/4


#12

Yes, not a solution for everyone.

That said, I think I am going to invest (mainly because I feel like it will take me a long time to get around to a DIY solution). Especially given their:
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
I’ll report back when I’ve had a chance to test it.


#13

They are Sharpies. Sharpie mini to be exact.


#14

How big are the tips?


#15

they are the same as the regular fine point sharpie markers. the OAL with the marker installed is 3-5/8"


#16

I guess one could get replacements almost anywhere. Might be worth getting one for myself.

Have you chucked it up yet to see how it fits?


#17

not as yet. The kids are still running me ragged and the time I had blocked out while they had a school function got pre-empted by a bad fever over the past couple days. With any luck I’ll have a chance to play with it in a couple weeks after my wife gets back. But I will try to chuck it sooner.


#18

@akamcfly
So, I had a couple minutes just now to run out and try the pen in the Ridgid router and… no go. I could only get it to go about 1/8" into the collet, and that with some force.

I am going to contact the company and see what they can do about it. I am really hopeful that this is a fluke, bc it seems like such an elegant solution, if a bit expensive.

I’ll report back when I hear from them, but for now I would hold onto your $40


#19

:frowning:

This would be a frown alone but I have to have 20 characters to be able to post.


#20

Bummer :frowning:

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