So, a couple of weeks ago I was ready to jump on the Maslow immediately when they went out of stock lol. Now after 2 weeks of researching and such, I’m kind of nervous about the Maslow honestly.
I read a lot of stuff about the inaccuracy problems, especially at the lower corners apparently. I see some go with a 12 foot top beam to help with accuracy, but seems like that would only help with accuracy at the top, and make it worse near the bottom where the chains are that much longer, no?
I see people talking about inaccuracy anywhere from 1/16th of an inch, up to 3/8th. 1/16th I might could live with although it’s a little higher than I’d like in some situations. 3/8th would definitely be unacceptable though. Really I don’t think I could tolerate anything higher than 1/16th and even that would only be tolerable in certain projects.
I also see people having problems with the sled lifting in some situations when trying to drill or route holes. Which was my first question when I saw the design, how does it keep from lifting the sled…
So, what kind of inaccuracy is there realistically in the Maslow currently? I post this asking these questions now risking them going out of stock again before I decide to order, which sucks lol. But I don’t want to get stuck with a 700 dollar overall costing machine that I’m not happy with. I did quite a bit of research today and I could build a basic 3 axis stepper motor driven system for not much more really. Around 300 for the electronics, and another 250 - 300 for the frame and hardware, plus whatever router I used. So overall it’d really only be around 100 - 150 more than the Maslow, but would theoretically be capable of sub 1 mm precision uni-formally across the entire 4’ x 8’ sheet. The biggest effect on precision being just how well I build my rails. At that price I was thinking rails that were basically just some angle or edge ground flatbar and v-slot wheels. Timing belts for drive system on the 8’ axis, lead screw for the other two. The idea would be to keep it as a vertical system other wise I could do timing belt on the 4’ axis as well. The vertical nature is one of the most appealing aspects of the Maslow to me as I’m working in limited space.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not trying to knock the Maslow design or anything like that, I’m just trying to make the best decision for my needs. I’d like to figure out if the Maslow is going to be accurate enough to satisfy me, or if it would be more worthwhile spending a couple hundred more for potentially a more accurate system.