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Old 09-02-2011, 12:22 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Matt Ribble View Post
We're both CNC machinists trying to justify buying 5axis equipment for the garage, if that puts anything in perspective.
Eh, do you really cut parts that need a 5 axis? Most of the time you can replicate the effect with just proper CNC code, or a manual rotary table with a chuck. 5 axis comes in nice when you are a high volume producer and have to machine 5 sides of a part because it reduces non-value added process (ie re-fixturing the part). I mean if you run into parts that you couldnt do without it then it may be an investment, but if not, I dont see the need.

Now for RP, its a huge startup cost and very expensive to maintain with very expensive materials. There are already internet companies that do what you want. Though it you add some other value to it, such as afterworking the parts. Like reinforcing RP parts with carbon/kevlar is sweet, but it makes a mess that a lot of people may not want to deal with but they may want rp'd parts that are stronger than you can provide. Thats a decent way to get around it.
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
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We kicked the idea hackey-sack around a bit and ruled out the five axis.

We're currently kicking the bag in the direction of building a gantry mill peice meal and if we need to go ahead and make it a 3+2 then that's something we can look at. Makes the work day go by a little faster.
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