The File Machine is complete and ready to be published, but first, let’s view the machine:
(This is the first run)
A 360 view of the finished machine
Performance: It works incredibly well; it’s strong, tight and amazing versatile (File, Sand, Saw, even Burnish/polish) It uses the files you already own, meaning you don’t need to buy special expensive Die Files (But they will fit if you want to) What kind of files fit? Round, Square, Triangular, Flat, semi-round…the list goes on.
Build: My design was created with the beginner in mind, but yet fun for the experienced machinist. It’s easy to machine AND assemble, and it can be made on the Nomad and the Shapeoko (with OR without the metal table). It also can be made with standard shop tools (things you probably already have) and only a single End Mill!
Assembly: This design incorporates a method called Hole Transfer. What it essentially means is that you transfer one set of machined holes to a part that needs mating holes (or threads). Meaning if your machine is a little off, putting it together is still easy, and the results are a VERY precise machine that you will be very proud of.
While I work on the two videos (Machine and Assembly) I wanted to get you guys started, so here is everything you need to make this awesome machine. Since there is SO much information (about 30 pages of documentation plus 40 files of 2D and 3D Models) I will provide you with links to the files to keep this post clean.
Here is a list of what I am providing: (at No Cost to You, LOL)
- General Notes (Including Costs, Setup, and Assembly tooling requirements and recommendations, etc)
- Machining Guide (Part by Part) (A video will help, and it’s coming)
- Assembly Guide (Step by Step) (A video will help, and it’s coming)
- BOM (Bill of Material)
- Drawings (I call these Light Drawings since it’s a Model-Based Design, so Minimal info Dwg)
- Carbide Create Files (no tool paths, this is something YOU need to do)
- Solid Models (in Fusion360 format AND STEP format
Have fun and I hope you consider building this awesome machine!
Feel free to message me for minor corrections (spelling, incorrect word, grammar, missing information etc.)
Here are the links to the files and notes:
Notes: (items 1-4 above)
Carbide Create Files: