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Mike94531
12-27-2013, 12:16 PM
I picked up this old machine a few weeks ago...darn near free! I gave my friend $40 for gas and free access to my lathe or CNC BP mill.

The machine has 4 axis (sorta, has a double Z)

So far I've taken it apart and still deciding which style printer to build, so far it looks like a gantry style will work and I'll be using some 40mm x 80mm aluminum extrusion for the frame that I picked up from another friend about 10 years ago. (I'm a hoarder and something I shall be addressing in the new year, hahaha)

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p16/Mueller_Family/3D%20printer/InTruckOnSide_zpsda2a370b.jpg
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p16/Mueller_Family/3D%20printer/InTruckStandingUp_zps408748d6.jpg
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p16/Mueller_Family/3D%20printer/ExtraAluminum_zps4409137e.jpg (http://s124.photobucket.com/user/Mueller_Family/media/3D%20printer/ExtraAluminum_zps4409137e.jpg.html)
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p16/Mueller_Family/3D%20printer/Motion_zpsb4452cc4.jpg (http://s124.photobucket.com/user/Mueller_Family/media/3D%20printer/Motion_zpsb4452cc4.jpg.html)

Mike94531
12-27-2013, 12:27 PM
I was able to find all the spec sheets for the drives (http://motion.schneider-electric.com/products/im483i_ie.html) and the motors which is nice. Not 100% sure if I'll use them or not, I have a bunch of other smaller steppers and drives that are spares from other projects or new old stock that I picked up from a company that moved and was tossing out old inventory.

I am undecided on the controls, I do have a Mega Arduino 2560 that I could use with RAMPS or do the LinuxCNC or Mach3 ( using Mach with my BP mill)

Michael of Burien
12-28-2013, 06:50 PM
Looks like you have lots of good parts for $40!

MatthewBasaraba
12-30-2013, 07:37 AM
Man awesome score!

Paragon Spirit
01-21-2014, 08:57 AM
Wow! Gotta ask, how do you find such awesome stuff?

Fastest1
01-30-2014, 08:34 PM
That was a haul!

Mike94531
02-27-2014, 12:29 PM
Wow! Gotta ask, how do you find such awesome stuff?

I guess I talk a lot and am always telling friends and co-workers what I want to do...networking works!

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That was a haul!

Yep, and I'm trying to see if he has another one for a co-worker of mine, so we can both suffer at the same time!