So according to the specs for the Nomad, it can cut maximum 6mm depth aluminium…
If I wanted to cut out a rectangle of 12mm aluminium, could I just do this in 2 steps cutting 6mm depth at a time on exactly the same tool path (but obviously with a different Z position). Are there any issues with doing this?
The big problem is mounting an endmill w/ long enough cutting flutes.
That is really interesting - I haven’t seen that specification. (Maybe I haven’t done enough reading?!?)
@Apotessar is about I am sure he could give some input - he has worked some thick aluminium stock for his camera bodies
I own a Phase One P45+ (modified by Phase One to Full Spectrum response)
and since a few weeks a FlexFrame 3020 just to test my setup.
[Airolo - Switzerland]
Good point. The other consideration is part geometry.
@Remmy still has the largest part on a Nomad though:
I had a friend ask me to mill him a replacement handle for his old rowboat and I said yes before running the machining time simulation. As a result, I can say that the Nomad is capable of machining large aluminum stock, but it’s going to take a while.
I started with a 8"x6.5"x1.25" thick piece of 6061-T6 aluminum and used an 1/8" 2-flute ZrN coated end mill from lakeshore carbide for the majority of the roughing. I also had to order a long reach end mill to get through the full depth …
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