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New CNC

Postby rgulley » Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:28 pm

Bob and I went to Woodcraft in Chattanooga yesterday and picked up my new CNC. I saw it last Saturday when Geoff and I attended a CNC Demo Day. It's an Axiom AR4 Pro. It's very similar to the Powermatic cnc, which is made by Axiom I think. More to com as I get familiar with the control software, but so far I'm very pleased.

BTW, the Shark CNC I replaced will be for sale in a couple weeks when I get things cleaned up and organized.

BTW#2, the lady that ran the demo was Debra Crane. She's the lady that put on a superb scroll saw program at our club years ago. She said she or David Sapp could do a cnc demo for the club sometime.
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Re: New CNC

Postby loyd » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:48 pm

Are you going into business with all those high powered machines? :lol: :lol: When are we going to have a shop tour?
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Re: New CNC

Postby rgulley » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:25 am

No plans or intentions of a full ROI. I just like working with quality tools. I had a hard time making the decision to purchase. Strangely enough, my wife talked me into it. She asked what else I was planning on spending the money on - a nursing home maybe? So I bought it.
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Re: New CNC

Postby southpaw57 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:00 am

She is a wise lady! Good choice. :geek:
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Re: New CNC

Postby loyd » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:23 am

Hmmm! Lessee now! A nursing home versus a new CNC. I see the situation quite clearly now. Thanks! 8-)
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Re: New CNC

Postby sid_matheny » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:38 am

That looks like a great machine Richard. I have been looking at their CNC's for a couple of years but just don't have room. Did you get any of the nice accessories they offer for it?
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Re: New CNC

Postby rgulley » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:28 am

This is last year's model and is not 4th axis ready. It would be $1K to upgrade + the cost of headstock and tailstock, so that's prolly not gonna happen. There is also a 4.2w laser attachment, but my understanding is the software does not support variable power - just on or off. That would severely limit/prevent using the laser for grayscale.
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Re: New CNC

Postby sid_matheny » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:13 am

I saw a video a few days ago where a guy was using a rotary 4th axis and just plugged it into his X axis. seemed to work well after getting it lined up in X before switching to the rotary.
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