Parts to convert the Orion to Rostock ish size.

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Parts to convert the Orion to Rostock ish size.

Postby PopolZ » Tue Aug 12, 2014 1:15 am

So I'm getting a bit limited by the size of the Orion. I was tempted to order a second printer but I'll keep my wallet happy and convert the Orion instead.

The parts list I need to order: the Rostock delta arms, laser cut sheets, glass plate, Onyx bed, 3x 48" of 1X1 T slot and GT2 belts.

I know I'll have to rewire a few things with longer wires.

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Re: Parts to convert the Orion to Rostock ish size.

Postby Holy1 » Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:44 am

I considered this also, it should work fine. However I considered the costs and time involved. You would have useless parts left over from the Orion in a box and a larger max. I decided to just to buy a new max. The build time would probably be comparable and much cleaner and I will have two printers. You can always sell the Orion too.
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Re: Parts to convert the Orion to Rostock ish size.

Postby Jimustanguitar » Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:47 am

The V2 conversion kit would have most of what you need. I don't have the parts list in front of me, but I know it would get you awful close.

Have to order the larger Onyx bed at least.

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Re: Parts to convert the Orion to Rostock ish size.

Postby PopolZ » Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:39 pm

The V2 conversion has quite a few parts I already have.
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Re: Parts to convert the Orion to Rostock ish size.

Postby Fester » Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:38 pm

I will order the Max v2 soon :mrgreen: 2 printers.... Yeeee haaaa the only way to melt more plastic ... :lol: Now I just have to sell a few Rc planes ... :P

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Re: Parts to convert the Orion to Rostock ish size.

Postby PopolZ » Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:23 pm

Well my printer upgrade money just went away in a lathe/mill combo machine :oops:

it's a bigger toy :mrgreen:
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Re: Parts to convert the Orion to Rostock ish size.

Postby Jimustanguitar » Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:28 am

PopolZ wrote:Well my printer upgrade money just went away in a lathe/mill combo machine :oops:

it's a bigger toy :mrgreen:


That's next on my list. I'm thinking about a combo machine from Grizzly and then converting it to CNC with my recently acquired knowledge of it from 3D printing.

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Re: Parts to convert the Orion to Rostock ish size.

Postby PopolZ » Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:46 am

Jimustanguitar wrote:
PopolZ wrote:Well my printer upgrade money just went away in a lathe/mill combo machine :oops:

it's a bigger toy :mrgreen:


That's next on my list. I'm thinking about a combo machine from Grizzly and then converting it to CNC with my recently acquired knowledge of it from 3D printing.



It ain't as easy as 3D printing. When you get to depth of cut, feed rate, rpm, width of cut, plunge rate, end mill changes + most likely a few things i'm forgetting are the difference between a succesful cut or a mill breaking and shooting across the room.

edit: oh and it's messy!
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Re: Parts to convert the Orion to Rostock ish size.

Postby Jimustanguitar » Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:14 am

Correct you are. I'm semi-familiar with the intricacies of "real" machine work, and definitely understand that it's no walk in the park to automate, I just meant that I'm not scared of stepper motors and controller boards anymore. I'd probably start with something simple like auto-feed, and keep going from there.

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Re: Parts to convert the Orion to Rostock ish size.

Postby PopolZ » Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:40 am

Once your have you machine running and fully calibrated comes the fun part of getting a good cam software.
So much to choose from and so damn expensive :shock:
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Re: Parts to convert the Orion to Rostock ish size.

Postby Mac The Knife » Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:21 pm

For the hobyy work I do with my small mill, (Sieg X2) I use Mach 3 to control it, and the cam software I use is Sheetcam, Meshcam and V-Carve. To simulate toolpaths, I bought Cutviewer Mill with Meshcam.
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Re: Parts to convert the Orion to Rostock ish size.

Postby PopolZ » Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:15 pm

I also bought Meshcam and Cutviewer but they have big downsides when it comes to the 4th axis.
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Re: Parts to convert the Orion to Rostock ish size.

Postby Jimustanguitar » Mon Aug 18, 2014 2:26 pm

Sorry for jacking your thread, OP :)

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Re: Parts to convert the Orion to Rostock ish size.

Postby PopolZ » Mon Aug 18, 2014 3:18 pm

It was my thread anyways... even if we're off-topic it's still interesting! :mrgreen:


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