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Elgamill cnc retrofit
« on: November 04, 2015, 08:29:16 AM »
Hi Guys
I am new here , I am a service engineer on CNC machinery for the past 20 yrs. I have not built a CNC just repaired them.
I am looking for some advise on a possible retrofit to an Elgamill like the machine here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khOYhfwI3Ds
this is a large old machine, tollerances do not need to be better than .5 mm Yes half a millimeter.
Would this size of machine be outside the parameters for Mach3/4 and if it would work how do i size the motors required

Thanks for reading and hopefully someone can help
Best regards
Re: Elgamill cnc retrofit
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2015, 09:01:14 AM »
I should mention i used gekodrives calculation as per the website instructions and the X axis i estimated weighing at 4000 lbs for the x axis , 4000 x 100 ( ipm) / 531 = 7.5 kw so if i use a 6 to 1 gear ratio i could use a 1.25 kw ?
Re: Elgamill cnc retrofit
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2015, 12:45:58 PM »
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Re: Elgamill cnc retrofit
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2015, 01:29:41 PM »
  so if i use a 6 to 1 gear ratio i could use a 1.25 kw ?

That sounds about right. However, I think you must divide the 100 ipm by 6 as well which may, or may not be an issue.