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Adding a 4th axis to Proxxon MF70???
« on: June 27, 2009, 12:21:52 AM »
 Hi and sorry if this is already answered somewhere else here.
 Iam an untrained CNC user only self taught and doing ok with Mach3,Cut2d and my 3 axis cnc Proxxon MF70.
 I have been asked if I can make some helicopter parts which Iam sure I will need a 4th axis. I assume anyway.
 I understand I need the mechanical side of the 4th axis (Stepper,chuck,worm drive all in one)
Also I think I will need a tailstock which I have found to suit.
Iam upgrading the Hobbycnc board to 4 axis too.
 The part I am having trouble with is what software upgrades should I use to make it all work in harmony?
 Thanks in advance
 Jason

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Re: Adding a 4th axis to Proxxon MF70???
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2009, 07:52:14 PM »
No software upgrade needed as far as Mach is concerned, just enable the axis and set it up in motor tuning etc. From a CAM point of view you will need CAM that supports a 4th axis, either that or you will need to hand code.
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Re: Adding a 4th axis to Proxxon MF70???
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2009, 08:24:02 PM »
 Thanks for the reply Hood,
 Can you recommend a cost effective CAM program to use for this?
 At the moment Iam only using Cut2d,Which works well for the parts I have been making up to now.
Thanks again.
Regards Jason

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Re: Adding a 4th axis to Proxxon MF70???
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2009, 03:30:12 AM »
Not sure if there is such a thing :(
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