Based on @Kyo's Sphinx and @beardyblair's XL variant.
This is a 1m C-Beam build with a reinforced X Gantry to support heavier spindles & increase rigidity for aluminium milling. The build will progress in stages, the 1st stage being a replication of beardyblair's build with modified Y-Axis side plates that allow for a second C-Beam to be placed back to back.
After testing the first stage and finding where I am limited I'll start the second phase (if necessary). Adding the second aluminium profile to the gantry. All of my drawings are done in solidworks, plates will be laser cut then drilled and counter bored on a turret mill.
Control system will start out as a LinuxCNC with an arduino running GRBL. As I invest more I'll look to upgrading it to PoKeys57CNC and Mach4 as appropriate.
12/04/2017: Ordered 6mm aluminium plates from laser cutters. 1/4" plate is unusual here in Australia so it's easier to just go with 6mm. Should hopefully arrive by 20/04/2017 so I can get them into a machine shop to drill the smaller holes and counter bore the bearing housings.
Side-by-side comparison of Standard Sphinx vs Rigid XL Y-Axis side plates. All other plates are identical to the standard build.
Sphinx Solidworks files & XL Build plan
Sphinx rigid XL
Rigid variant of the C-Beam sphinx platform
- Build License:
- CC - Attribution Share Alike - CC BY SA