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2012-06-19 09:42:47 AM
cocoafit.files.wordpress.com

Everybody dance now...
 
2012-06-19 10:04:24 AM
*shakes tiny fist at EngineerBoy*
 
2012-06-19 11:58:45 AM
came here to ask if the machine in question was being used in a music factory. left satisfied.
 
2012-06-19 12:40:21 PM
41 feet wide, 14 feet tall

Soft as a downy chick....
 
2012-06-19 01:04:38 PM
...made from the feathers of forty-leven geese...
 
2012-06-19 01:06:08 PM
That's a thing that makes me go hmmm
 
2012-06-19 01:13:16 PM

EngineerBoy: [cocoafit.files.wordpress.com image 300x289]

Everybody dance now...


Oh..

images.amazon.com

/who stole it?
 
2012-06-19 01:29:06 PM
The video that you can download is truly amazing. Not only can it carve but it can add epoxy to create texture/depth and a nice smooth but strong finish over the foam. They show it making a 1:1 scale car. Took 15 hours.
 
2012-06-19 01:56:56 PM
Help Wanted:
Must have 10 years experience with a 41 feet wide, 14 feet tall, 485 feet long CNC.
 
2012-06-19 01:58:14 PM
Mammoth Tank?
 
2012-06-19 02:03:07 PM
Neat-o. But what is this? Something like a 3-D printer?
 
2012-06-19 02:05:38 PM
So, it looks like a four or five axis machine... What are the tolerances like and how's it on metal?

I've seen CNC machines large enough to do commercial airplane wings. This 495 foot aspect is just the fact it can be expanded on that one axis indefinitely. But it's not rigid enough to machine aluminum and there's no chip and fluid catching with this design.
 
2012-06-19 02:06:42 PM

bentley57: Neat-o. But what is this? Something like a 3-D printer?


Whatever it is, I want one, or at least some time to play with it. Fark party activity?
 
2012-06-19 02:12:38 PM
I regularly submit CADD drawings of parts I need to a local shop that has machines almost that big. One of them is a punch machine that is the size of 3 schoolbusses parked side by side. Watching it work is pretty damned impressive.
The table is the size of a swimming pool, yet the punch is on way down to the piece while the table is still moving. The tolerances it meets are unbelievable for a machine that size.

That's some damned fine engineering there Lou
 
2012-06-19 02:17:38 PM

bentley57: Neat-o. But what is this? Something like a 3-D printer?


no, this is the opposite of a 3d printer
 
2012-06-19 02:18:20 PM
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Was expecting a rudimentary lathe.
 
2012-06-19 02:21:02 PM

wildcardjack: So, it looks like a four or five axis machine... What are the tolerances like and how's it on metal?

I've seen CNC machines large enough to do commercial airplane wings. This 495 foot aspect is just the fact it can be expanded on that one axis indefinitely. But it's not rigid enough to machine aluminum and there's no chip and fluid catching with this design.



probably just cuts foam

Link
 
2012-06-19 02:22:19 PM

hogans: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Was expecting a rudimentary lathe.


hogans: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Was expecting a rudimentary lathe.


A LATHE!?!? GET OFF THE PHONE GUY!
 
2012-06-19 02:22:57 PM

loonatic112358: wildcardjack: So, it looks like a four or five axis machine... What are the tolerances like and how's it on metal?

I've seen CNC machines large enough to do commercial airplane wings. This 495 foot aspect is just the fact it can be expanded on that one axis indefinitely. But it's not rigid enough to machine aluminum and there's no chip and fluid catching with this design.


probably just cuts foam

Link


Cuts foam and can apply / remove epoxy as well. Watch the video, it's impressive.
 
2012-06-19 02:35:46 PM

phimuskapsi: loonatic112358: wildcardjack: So, it looks like a four or five axis machine... What are the tolerances like and how's it on metal?

I've seen CNC machines large enough to do commercial airplane wings. This 495 foot aspect is just the fact it can be expanded on that one axis indefinitely. But it's not rigid enough to machine aluminum and there's no chip and fluid catching with this design.


probably just cuts foam

Link

Cuts foam and can apply / remove epoxy as well. Watch the video, it's impressive.



I saw a similar video a couple of year ago, it's pretty damn cool to watch
 
2012-06-19 02:42:23 PM
*shakes tiny fist at BKITU*
 
2012-06-19 02:51:41 PM

loonatic112358: wildcardjack: So, it looks like a four or five axis machine... What are the tolerances like and how's it on metal?

I've seen CNC machines large enough to do commercial airplane wings. This 495 foot aspect is just the fact it can be expanded on that one axis indefinitely. But it's not rigid enough to machine aluminum and there's no chip and fluid catching with this design.


probably just cuts foam

Link


Sorry to ask the obvious, but what do you mean "cuts foam"?

The wired article says:

"used to make boat hulls, massive turbines blades, 1:1 concept vehicle models, and molds for all kinds of casting purposes"

At their website, I couldn't figure out what materials it works on.
 
2012-06-19 03:10:52 PM

wildcardjack: So, it looks like a four or five axis machine... What are the tolerances like and how's it on metal?

I've seen CNC machines large enough to do commercial airplane wings. This 495 foot aspect is just the fact it can be expanded on that one axis indefinitely. But it's not rigid enough to machine aluminum and there's no chip and fluid catching with this design.


5 axis. The video puts up a text at the beginning of each phase with RPM, material, etc.
 
2012-06-19 03:20:48 PM
Watched the car video...seems like a very tedious, wasteful process.
 
2012-06-19 03:42:08 PM

bentley57: Neat-o. But what is this? Something like a 3-D printer?


It's a music factory.
 
2012-06-19 03:47:47 PM

StrangeQ: Watched the car video...seems like a very tedious, wasteful process.


Um... have you been in an auto assembly plant? An older one with a maze instead of a proper 'line'?

/ just sayin'
 
2012-06-19 03:50:59 PM

wildcardjack: So, it looks like a four or five axis machine... What are the tolerances like and how's it on metal?

I've seen CNC machines large enough to do commercial airplane wings. This 495 foot aspect is just the fact it can be expanded on that one axis indefinitely. But it's not rigid enough to machine aluminum and there's no chip and fluid catching with this design.


Because of environmental concerns, a lot of European CNC shops do mostly dry machining now. We do a little dry stuff on certain materials. On some specialty metals it works really well, but you have to be more aggressive than you would think. The chips become your primary vehicle for heat removal. Its fascinating to look into the machine and see the shower of red hot chips flying off.

It doesn't really look rigid enough for aluminium or steel, I agree. Website says that they have +/-.2mm precision in X,Y (.008") and +/-.17mm (.007") in the Z. For a machine that big, it is pretty incredibly precise.

My company doesn't run gantry mills at all, I don't know how it compares for precision, but it is pretty impressive piece of equipment
 
2012-06-19 03:59:32 PM
I'm having feelings of inadequacy...my shop's primary CNC is only 7' wide, 9' tall and 12' long (nominal work volume 4'wx8'lx2't).
 
2012-06-19 04:01:59 PM

StoneColdAtheist: I'm having feelings of inadequacy...my shop's primary CNC is only 7' wide, 9' tall and 12' long (nominal work volume 4'wx8'lx2't).


That is farking big though. I think our biggest table is only about 41" long
 
2012-06-19 04:10:21 PM

RoyBatty: loonatic112358: wildcardjack: So, it looks like a four or five axis machine... What are the tolerances like and how's it on metal?

I've seen CNC machines large enough to do commercial airplane wings. This 495 foot aspect is just the fact it can be expanded on that one axis indefinitely. But it's not rigid enough to machine aluminum and there's no chip and fluid catching with this design.


probably just cuts foam

Link

Sorry to ask the obvious, but what do you mean "cuts foam"?

The wired article says:

"used to make boat hulls, massive turbines blades, 1:1 concept vehicle models, and molds for all kinds of casting purposes"

At their website, I couldn't figure out what materials it works on.


I'm guessing low density composites. I work with a company in the Seattle area with a smaller similar machine.

The most costly process in manufacturing molded composites is fabricating the original buck. CNC gantry's have been a godsend in this regard. Pile up some foam, cut out your plug/buck (depending) cover it in epoxy and take a second pass. In 1 day you can cut a buck/plug that used to take weeks and thousands of man hours.
 
2012-06-19 04:21:22 PM
I'm a CNC Machinist but my tools are nowhere near as large. Mind you I have bragging rights at having worked on bomb disposal suits and the We Vibe (so life is pretty good).
 
2012-06-19 04:53:43 PM
One of the videos is machining sand molds. You can go straight from CAD to sand. Pretty damn cool.
 
2012-06-19 05:20:39 PM

advex101: One of the videos is machining sand molds. You can go straight from CAD to sand. Pretty damn cool.


There's also a company printing the coreboxes for casting, I've got a client who uses that.
 
2012-06-19 05:22:48 PM

wildcardjack: So, it looks like a four or five axis machine... What are the tolerances like and how's it on metal?

I've seen CNC machines large enough to do commercial airplane wings. This 495 foot aspect is just the fact it can be expanded on that one axis indefinitely. But it's not rigid enough to machine aluminum and there's no chip and fluid catching with this design.


I hate myself for understanding this.
 
2012-06-19 09:41:01 PM

glass_ibis: ...made from the feathers of forty-leven geese...


I don't think a bolt of cloth is going to cover this.
 
2012-06-19 10:44:19 PM

Kuroshin: wildcardjack: So, it looks like a four or five axis machine... What are the tolerances like and how's it on metal?

I've seen CNC machines large enough to do commercial airplane wings. This 495 foot aspect is just the fact it can be expanded on that one axis indefinitely. But it's not rigid enough to machine aluminum and there's no chip and fluid catching with this design.

I hate myself for understanding this.


The specs say +/- .008" Pretty good for work inside that kind of size envelope.
 
2012-06-20 01:46:51 AM

rohar: EngineerBoy: [cocoafit.files.wordpress.com image 300x289]

Everybody dance now...

Oh..

[images.amazon.com image 301x300]

/who stole it?


They're copywritten lyrics so they can't be stolen. If they are, SNAP don't need the police to try to save them. Your voice will sink, so please stay off my back, or I will attack. And you don't want that.
 
2012-06-20 11:49:38 AM

EchoMike: rohar: EngineerBoy: [cocoafit.files.wordpress.com image 300x289]

Everybody dance now...

Oh..

[images.amazon.com image 301x300]

/who stole it?

They're copywritten lyrics so they can't be stolen. If they are, SNAP don't need the police to try to save them. Your voice will sink, so please stay off my back, or I will attack. And you don't want that.


Jesse? Is that you? You gettin' pretty heavy.
 
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