Well, it has been a few weeks that I’ve meant to post this, but never too late.
Finally got the MPCNC all dialed in (read: started using ESTLcam instead of trying to use Fusion). I think I figured out the workflow of finding pictures to use, converting them to black and white if necessary, then convert the file to DXF or SVG in inkscape, then load up the remote desktop and ESTLcam to generate some gcode.
Now comes the real focus - I am going to expand the machine (current outer dimensions ~22 7/8 inches (58 cm) square, ~12 inch work area square) as the work area is really small, as even having small margins on the Ford logo and starting the origin pretty far over on the paper, the end of the “d” still went off of the page. I also have a wire shelf on wheels that I got permission to use the top of to hold the CNC.
The overall plan is to expand the size while modifying the table surface to hold the CNC (the shelf has arms that come up higher than the top rack of the shelf (very similar to this shelf here), so we’re thinking about using one layer of MDF on the bottom with holes and any necessary cuts that will level off the surface, then putting another piece on top to attach the CNC to. The original thought was making 4 foot square outside, however maybe a little less (or even matching the shelf dimensions of ~36"x30") with room for an enclosure should I ever want to put one on. I have decided that the least work area I would like to have is ~30"x20", the size of a poster I attached an R2D2 puzzle to - it seems like a fairly nice size and it’s only slightly larger than the wire shelf size so the machine wouldn’t have to be too large.
That illustrates the main concern of going too large with the MPCNC and getting into LR territory. I’m not looking into getting too complex of work, but the work area does need to be larger (less than 4x4). Also don’t want to go through the work of expanding the size with new conduit only to gain a few inches (easy to expand, but it seems like it will be nice and permanent on the cart).
As for 3D printing, I think I have definitely decided on building an MP3DP (possible new name since Ryan doesn’t really like the abbreviation - how about MPMP, Mostly Milled Mostly Printed, Mostly Printed Milled Printer - personally MP3DP is pretty smooth!). 3d printing is cool and was originally the thread that brought me here (looking up printers, printing, hobbies, etc.), but if I want good prints and I am going to expand the MPCNC, I want to get good quality prints from a smaller, purpose-built rigid machine just for printing.
I’ve lost my train of thought, but I think that covered about everything.