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post #16 of 22 Old 10-28-2013, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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When I built up my plasma cutting system I built a custom cart / control center for it. I wanted to do the same for this project. Space in my shop is very limited so I wanted to put the entire machine and all of its components on a single cart and keep the entire project self contained and mobile.

I think this is one of the fun-est parts of the project building and designing. When I'm done I hope to have the computer, Bladerunner Control box, vacuum hold down system and vacuum dust recovery system all built into the cart.

The first couple of pictures is of the cart that I built for my plasma system. It folds closed and rolls neatly under the plasma table. Then opens up with gas assist shocks to expose the entire control center.

If anyone has built something like this for their router / mill I would love to see it and get some ideas.

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post #17 of 22 Old 11-02-2013, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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After a lot of mock ups planning and measuring I finally came up with a plan for the Cart/Control center that will hold this router and all of the components. The cart will be 26" wide x 44" Long x 36" tall.

The router will mount on the top of the cart and inside of the cart I will house the Computer, monitor, keyboard and Mouse, Blade Runner Control box, UPS power supply,
Vacuum System, Vacuum Hold down system, and all the accessories that go along with it.

If everything works out like I have planned this will be a very cool cart. The whole thing will be on wheels to allow it to easily move around the shop and out of the way when not in use. Because I do more welding than woodwork I decided to build the cart out of steel. I'm using 1x2 tube for the base and top frame, and 1in square tube for the internal supports. All of this will support a 1/4 steel plate top that the router will mount on.

Here are a couple of pictures there are quite a few more on the build site photo gallery = http://www.cncrouterbuild.com/buildpage8.html
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post #18 of 22 Old 11-15-2013, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Here are the latest picture updates from the cart build. Have not had enough time o dedicate to this project too many other things going on. Slow going at the moment.

I figured out my fold up monitor system and finalized the locations of some of the equipment in the cart.

Here is a link to more pics on the build page: http://www.cncrouterbuild.com/buildpage9.html
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post #19 of 22 Old 01-02-2014, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Life got way too busy during the holidays and got behind on this project. I was able to get the cart finished. I cut a custom front door panel with the BullDog router logo on the front of the door.

Everything is back from powder coating just putting the finishing touches on everything and getting all of the cables and controls run.

Hope to be cutting and making things soon. The cart / control center for this project really came out nice.

I hope to have pictures and a video of the completed cart / control center up next week. Here are the latest pictures till then. I have some more pictures on the build website: http://www.cncrouterbuild.com/buildpage10.html
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post #20 of 22 Old 01-13-2014, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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The CNC Router Cart is finally finished! I was able to get everything mounted and all of the wiring routed, hooked up and get all of the components functioning. Now I get to start cutting.

The monitor gas shock system to flip the monitor up and hold it in place came out great. a little hard to grasp in a picture should have a video soon. I had some red led's laying around and decided to hook them up and place them round the stainless steel insert panels and wire them to a small 12 volt battery.

With a flip of the switch the front panel glows red. Not very practical but looks cool.
I used pVC pipe to route the shop vac line up to the table and have a fitting on the top of the table for the hose to hook into and then attach to the dust boot that will go on the router.

I also ran the vacuum system line up to the top of the table with an on off valve and a gauge for controlling the suction to the hold down pods.

I started working on vacuum hold down table design that I saw on Donek tools, that will mount to the bed and be used for holding down pieces when cutting with the drag knife.

I hope to get the video edited and have it up soon but for now here are some pictures of the completed cart and the start of the vacuum hold down table.

http://www.cncrouterbuild.com/buildpage14.html
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post #21 of 22 Old 08-30-2014, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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adding a laser cutter to a cnc router

Its been awhile since I updated this post but here is some new stuff. I upgraded my Bladerunner controller to the new Ethercut system from Candcnc. This gets rid of the parallel and serial ports and runs everything on one ethernet cat5 connection from the computer.

At the same time I upgraded the computer from xp to windows 7. This was a really nice upgrade the speed increase and reliability increase were huge. This new system also kind of future proofs the system because you do not find new computers coming out with serial and parallel ports nor is xp supported anymore.

I also added a laser cutter to the gantry. I have wanted this machine to do many things and kind of be a multipurpose machine. This laser is pretty cool. So I can use the router to cut or engrave something and then have the laser come back and mark the piece or I can use the laser to do the cuts.

Here is a link to the info on the Ethercut upgrade: http://cncrouterbuild.com/buildpage16.html

Here is a video of the laser setup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPjHpUH9Zic


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post #22 of 22 Old 08-30-2014, 01:11 PM
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I think the air nozzle will work out fine. They also make some nice single flute cutters that run nicely in cnc routers that work very well with aluminum. RPMs is your friend with aluminum so the more the better in most cases.
My dad uses this and really likes it:
http://www.koolmist.com/

I don't think it puts out enough liquid to cause a problem.
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