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Carriages

Posted by qwindelzorf on December 13, 2008

I spent most of today working on the machine, just like yesterday. Got a lot done.

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I got the Y-axis carriages built and mounted, and most of the X-axis rail built. I also got the X-axis carriage assembled, but not yet mounted, as the glue was still drying.

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The carriages are all assembled out of MDF, secured with 12" pieces of threaded rod. The threaded rod keeps the entire carriage assembly under tension, which makes it very rigid.

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Assembly of the X gantry is not yet complete. There dosn't seem to be any way to get the T nuts into the 8020 to support the bolts that should go in the empty holes in the upper picture (blue circles). The other snag I ran into was that the bolts highlighted in the lower picture (red circle) were nearly impossible to tighten due to the very small space they are in. I spent probably 20 minutes on each of the four of them getting them to snug up, turning them about 10 degrees at a time.