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X-Carve Upgrade & Aluminum Milling // Follow Up

X-Carve Upgrade & Aluminum Milling // Follow Up

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  1. Elton Pretel

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Bob, do you think that x-carve worth the price?

  2. TheRangeControl

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    could you please recommend a benchtop Drill Press?

    Thank You

  3. ElevenCubed

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Bob, absolutely wonderful content!  As I'm sure your learning, there is a lot to milling, especially metals and alloys.  A couple of helpful hints:-Use a shorter endmill. That long endmill will walk on you when you try and push it (as you saw).  I cant tell how much of the walk is your tool or machine but the feeds and speeds you were using would be considered VERY light.  .070" – .100" DOC @ 40-50ipm should be doable.
    -Speed is your friend in aluminum, the higher spindle rpm the better.  But your feed and speed on the tool path need to be closely matched to the RPM.  I run my spindles at 16K RPM on the low end for a .125" tool.-Air to remove the aluminum chips is almost mandatory.  A misting or micro drip system with a lubricant will also yield night vs. day results.  If your cutting speeds are correct the heat will leave with the chip.  No "cooling the tool" needed.-Lastly, rigidity of the machine is VERY important.  I am not an X-Carve user so I cant say whether it is stout enough or not.
    Great job and good luck!!!!

  4. wdavid parks

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    The gantry on my machine is quite rigid, yet the start-up torque of my router makes it shutter when it's first turned on. Does your Dewalt have a soft-start or something?

  5. ajfam871

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Will this X carve mill through Polycarbonate?

  6. Alluvian

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I think the reason they dropped the 24 v spindle was because it put off a lot of interference which could mess up the stepper motors, the wires are shielded, but the instruction never have you ground the shielding, so effectively there is no shielding.

    Have you had any more chance to play around with this? In the third aluminum cut, I think 70 in / min you are losing steps in the y axis (assuming up/down is y in the footage), was the belt slipping? Lost steps can also be caused by not having the potentiometers set right. A nice video on how to do this can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERzIdQIwik0

  7. ayoub dauaak

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    thank you for this vedio it very nice i want to speak with about this machine

  8. hürkan pişkin

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Most common feed rate for aluminum is, 1000 min/mm and depth per pass is 0.2 mm or less. But these datas are for your spindle motor (Dewalt 26200/611=900W). If you use more powerfull spindles, example 2.2 kW or more, you can do your job really faster.
    Simple step motor drivers do not support high feed rates. An example, if you use tb 6560 or these kind of cheap drivers, your max feed rate must be 1000 mm/min (40 inch/min).
    I suggest for cutting aluminum, min 2.2kW spindle and professional drivers like leadshine or etc for higher feed rates and accuracy.
    Thanks for you video.

  9. cody n

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Bob what was the bit you used for the aluminum milling

  10. Chris Berget

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    can you put the discussion for the 3-D printer .

  11. Suzanne Lim

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Bob please make videos more often, i really like the videos you make! Thanks!

  12. TJ'S WOODWORKING SHOP

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I LIKE TO KNOW HOW MUCH A CNC MACHINE COST, LIKE THE ONE U HAVE BRO :)

  13. stevebray71

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I just saw your video about the upgrade but where you used the insert so the bit would fit your collet if you could get a 1/8 inch bit with a 1/4 inch shank you may find that you could use higher speeds. It may be that the cutter was vibrating in the adapter. I hope that this helps you love watching the video's keep up the great work

  14. Dan Ridley

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Hey Bob, I was just wondering if using a larger and heavier router through off the accuracy? Or did the structure hold the weight well? Thank you

  15. Countryside Workshop

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    +I like to make stuff, would that collet adapter work for smaller bits for wood? Say like a ⅛" bit for cutting thin lines?

  16. Vincent Rein

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I'm very curious about the FABtotum I found on the internet. It seems to be a great all-rounder in my opinion. Can you do a video about it, if you're able to get one? I'd really appreciate it.

  17. Matthew Eller

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Hey Bob…I've been thinking of purchasing a Xcarve but was wondering if you had and any ideas on how to set it up to mill larger objects…not so much longer or wider but taller than its specs

  18. Proto G

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    A little tip: You can use that alcohol to soften really hard wood before carving it.

  19. A&A FaiDaTe

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Hello. What do you call your program cnc? It's free?

  20. Liam Gurney

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    He should do another nerf gun customization except have it be a different gun w/ a different set of colors because his customized strong arm looked awesome :)

  21. James Macleod

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    cool, What height of material can you fit in there?

  22. 175griffin

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I wish i could afford a CNC, even just the smallest one they make. I have a lot of plans for future protects that just cant be done with a drill and a hacksaw.

  23. Epic_Jake

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Cool but please add that number plate to the store it would be so cooooool maybe be able to personalise them if yes

  24. SuperTrolls

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    even if i don't want to make the thing thats in the video i watch anyway because yo vids r awsome!

  25. Glen Quagmire

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    i absolutely love your videos dude,never quit making these. i will support anyway i can.

  26. Will Ealy

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Bob, are you noticing a significant volume difference in the new spindle vs the old one?

  27. Get Hands Dirty

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I just finished mounting my dewalt 230v version in my x-carve, wuuuuhhh, let's see how this goes. Really nice that you included those 3 tests. Cheers!

  28. Felipe Dominguez

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    This doesn't really have to do with this video, but what kind of table saw do you have (the model)? It'd also be cool if you could maybe just show how to do basic repairs on a table saw if you can, the one I use is kind of jammed and I'm not so sure how to exactly fix it, I feel like it might be a piece of wood lodged in (hoping for that to be it) or the bearing in it wore out. I dunno, I was just curious to see what kind of table saw you use to maybe save up for it, or maybe you can recommend one? Thanks I really enjoy your videos and I have been happily subscribed for the past couple months and you've probably had the most influence on me building stuff, I'm only 16 and already admiring carpentry more and more as I watch your videos!

  29. Mauricio Leal

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Bob, congratulations for 500.000 subs. Hope you still growing!!!

  30. CapnsKustomWorks

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    That's some considerable improvement in power right there! Good stuff indeed man, can't wait to see what ye come up with to make it do next!!!

  31. Daniel Voyles

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Can you set the X-Carve to cut in 'layers', ie. cut smaller chunks of the same project? Or would you have to load the same project multiple times with different depths?

  32. iamfluffy93

    June 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Hey as a recommendation you should make a ukulele from scratch. Keep up the great work. 

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