This image (combination of 1200DPI scans of two different boards) gives some indication of this. Both used the same feeds and speeds, and each used the spindle's top speed (the TB spindle really only has one speed).
The other main visual difference is in the cutout pass with a 1/16 end mill. The TB gave a nice smooth edge, while the Dremel gave a chewed up nasty edge.
By specifying a different vertical hole spacing on the spindle mount compared to the original one for the Dremel, I also extended the "Z" travel of the zenbot by a half inch. This extra half inch gives just a bit more room for my hands when changing tools. The new mount ends up with the tool further forward than the original dremel mount, but it's still within the bounds of the table.
I notice that every time I replace a piece of plastic with a piece of metal
my CNC machine gets better. Let this be a lesson to those of you who want
to make machines from a combination of plastic cutting boards and plywood!
(originally posted on the AXIS blog)
Entry first conceived on 16 August 2008, 22:53 UTC, last modified on 15 January 2012, 3:46 UTC
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