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  1. #1
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    New Member building a machine.

    New to CNC. Building a machine inspired by Dave Gatton (Sidewindercnc). Interested in anyone with a machine in the Florida area. Or just anyone who can answer some really basic questions about Mach3.
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    Re: New Member building a machine.

    Welcome aboard!

    I dig where you're going so far with that machine! There's a few of us here who know mach3 reasonably well, and we're always glad to help.


    Out of curiosity, how'd you find us?
    Jason Beam
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    Re: New Member building a machine.

    Hi there - Welcome to the forum.

    I'm Not in Florida, but I do know a little of CNC and making stuff.

    I'm more of a user than a builder, but I do have a BS degree in machine design and manufacturing.

    I use Mach3 - but admittedly not a guru on the setup.

    We DO get through our issues pretty well.

    I takes a pile of posting sometimes but we get thru.
    Art and Creativity - Collide with the Functionality of CNC - priceless
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    Re: New Member building a machine.

    Congrats on starting the build. Seems like that is the hardest part - once that decision is made it can become an addiction. Jason built his machine from scratch and it is really impressive. Leo's knowledge base is massive regarding CNC. I built mine using 2x4s and drawer slides and have been blown away by how well it works and how cheap (relatively speaking) it was to construct.

    The learning curve can be pretty big but just take it step by step. Mach3 isn't all that intimidating once you get familiar with it.

    Dan
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    Re: New Member building a machine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    . . . . . . Mach3 isn't all that intimidating once you get familiar with it.

    Dan

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    he who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman;
    he who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.

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    Re: New Member building a machine.

    Thanks for the comments on my build. I found the forum threw a general search on Google more than likely.

    I broke down and just started reading the Mach 3 PDF manual.
    Down loaded trial version to start to learn a little bit .

    I'm still a couple of months away from plugging it in.

    In general the bed is about 40" x 60"
    The build is based on a design from Dave Gatton (SidewinderCNC). http://www.cncsidewinder.com/

    Ordering Screws and Steppers after the holidays.
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    Re: New Member building a machine.

    Going with a tested plan that works makes sense. I kinda winged the whole thing and learned a lot along the way but spent much more time than I really needed to on the actual build. Keep posting your progress. Lots of folks are interested even if they are not posting.

    Once you get it built one of the coolest things is making lithopanes out of Corian tile. Here is my machine doing its thing.


    Or just signs...


    Or...... the possibilities are endless. Just have fun along the way.


    Dan
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