Tired of turning away hobbyists and small shop customers who wanted to work a Shapeoko 2 like it was a real tool we decided it was time to develop something that hit the spot for a hobbyist or a small shop who just can’t justify the big spend.Specifications
Z Clearance under X Carriage: 105mm
Sizes: Customisable soon but for now:
- 1000mm wide x1000mm deep bed area
- Cutting envelope of around 800*900
- Level surface to hold machine minimum 1100 wide x1000 deep
- Level surface to hold machine recommended 1300 wide x1050 deep (Note extra clearance beside and behind machine required as it overhangs its footprint)
- 1500mm Wide x1410mm deep bed area
- Cutting envelope of around 1300x1300 (oversized 1/2 sheet)
- Minimum table for footprint 1500x1410
- Level surface to hold machine minimum 1520 wide 1500 deep
- Level surface to hold machine recommended 1650 wide x1500 deep. (Note extra clearance beside and behind machine required as it overhangs its footprint)
- Spindles: (With 240V VFD so single phase household power)
- 800 W 3 Phase water cooled spindle with ER16 Collet system (with VFD 15A)
- 1.5 KW 3 Phase water cooled spindle with ER16 collet system (with VFD 15A compatible)
- 2.2 KW 3 Phase water cooled spindle with ER20 collet system (With VFD 20A )
- X & Y - Industrial Hiwin Linear rail and block system 20mm
- Z - 16mm Shaft and linear bearing
- X & Y - 10mm Steel reinforced AT5 Belting
- Z - Acme thread and Acetyl Nut
Collet: Ships with a 1/4 inch collet - More Collets available.
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- X, Y (x2), & Z - NEMA 23, 200 Step, 262 Oz Inch steppers
Electronics / Motion Control options: (More about these options detailed further down)
- Gecko Drive G540 + Stepper Motors + Meanwell 48V power supply + Wiring
- Masso + Gecko Drive G540 + Stepper Motors + 48V power supply + Wiring
- GRBL AIO + Steppers + 24V PSU & Wiring
T-Slot aluminium or no bed if you have a preferred option such as MDF. Generally the Alloy bed is expensive, difficult to level and maintain, as well as expensive when damaged and so generally MDF bed is the preferred option. Allows for planing to zero bed surface and replacement when damaged.
Electronics / Motion Control option details
- GRBL AIO 3DTek.xyz's all in one GRBL based controller. 4 * Drv8825 Drivers on board. 0-10V output for VFD spindle speed control... etc. http://3dtek.xyz/products/grbl-aio
- Gecko Drive G540 + Stepper Motors +24V/48V power ...The Gecko range is well known for its quality and durability. If you want to use Mach 3 or just want the best, choose the Gecko option. Comes with all electronics and stepper drivers, power supplies, wiring ... everything. 3DTek.xyz do not provide support in the installation and configuration of Mach3 or Linux CNC
- Masso + Gecko Drive G540 + Stepper Motors +24V/48V power ...as above with the addition of the Australian Made Masso controller from Hind technology - Check it out
Currently the Hobby CNC kit market includes some excellent routers like the Shapeoko 2 & 3, The Ox, and the X-Carve, all of which are difficult to get our hands on in Australia and come with their own intricacies and abilities. We have owned them all and they are all fantastic and perfectly designed to be a cheap entry to hobby milling, they are simply that and not more.
The Heavy Mill isn’t designed to compete with the cheaper hobby mills so it's not better, it's a different machine. The parts cost alone can double the retail cost of some of the lightweight hobby mills.
The rigidity in its frame and the load capacity of its linear motion exceed these and other hobby mills by maybe 100 times. This along with increased spindle power and spindle bearing load rating is what will make the difference when it comes to cutting at speeds.
Having the Y axis bolted to the bed rather than suspended on feet and a super strong X axis rail allows this mill to be produced with a full 1200*2400 sheet cutting area without flex issues.
So it's in a different market, we are not looking to compete (with one of our own products;) on price clearly but we do hope that this machine will bring more capability than might otherwise be unaffordable.
Anyone with some CAD/CAM experience who would like to put it through its paces is invited to drop in and test it out them selves.
Please bear in mind when considering the Heavy Mill, that it's not a Multicam! It doesn't have the capability, the on the road support or the price tag.
The Machine is in kit form, everything included however as a kit it's far from turn key. So we always remind potential customers that if you have a pressing need - kit form is not for you. There are many skill sets to bring together from mechanical build, basic electronics, CAD, CAM to machining principals etc. and as a result its a great hobby for some period before it's a useful tool. Having a dead line looming will not help the experience;)
Lastly, Depending on the configuration ordered, shipping will be 1-5 days from order and generally delivered via 2-3 Day TNT service for Metro NSW/ACT/QLD/VIC/SA or 4-6 day service for regional and & WA/NT/TAS.
Questions & AnswersAsk a Question
What is the Alloy Bed good for, its quite an expense so just asking
Thanks for the Q.
The Tslot bed is handy if you are doing all wet cutting as it helps recycle lubricant to the front of the machine and back into a resovoir.
Other than that, its not so handy at all and quite expensive. We keep it as an option however its rarely picked up and usually advised against unless necessary. Best would be a vacuum bed in our opinion - we have been meaning to get around to making one.
T-slot Base Pros:
Allows for Tee nut clamps for work holding and coolant return.
T-slot Base Cons
Easily damaged, requires wasteboard of sorts under every part to ensure not damaged
Slow to work hold, much easier with MDF as you can just screw things down direccly
Cannot surface plane bed as with MDF so hard to square up machine.
I have 100 amp 220-240 volt service to my building. I would like to be able to machine wood and aluminum so I am looking for the most power I can get. Could I run the 2.2kv spindle from a single phase to 3 phase frequency converter?
Yes, the Machine comes with a VFD so that you can run it on single phase power.
I have been looking at CNC desktop routers and mills for some time. Your product looks cool but it seems to me the alu profile you use has an 8mm slot. Right? The Hiwin rail mounts with 5mm bolts. What keeps the rail in position? To me there seems to be an aweful lot of play. What keeps the rail i n position when I crash? And crash I will, I know me.
Yes, there is 3mm play there and it's quite important as its this play that allows us to square the machine.
We insert a bar into the t slot that has m5 tapped holes in it and all the Hiwin rail bolts connect to this bar.
When you tighten the bolts on the rail it pulls the bar against the inside of the t-slot and there is no fear of movement. Think of the bar as a very long t nut that has no seat on it so does not try and force itself to the centre of the slot.