This nice pic from@neilferreri’s custom Y plates had me thinking:
wouldn’t there be a way to use eccentric nuts on two of the four screws (on each side) that hold the X extrusion, to implement a convenient front/back tramming system similarly to the EasyTram plate for left/right tramming ?
I remember @wmoy videos where he would unfasten the 8 screws then manually rotate the whole X extrusion, then re-fasten. Maybe @MrBeaver gave this some thought already ?
Since the Vwheels have a tendency to compress and potentially increase deflection maybe a screw adjustment would be advisable.
If someone is redesigning the plates, moving the motors from the back could give a fair bit of real estate on the work area. I was thinking of a U channel straddling the Y rail that would see the motor on the outside while connection to the X beam would remain inside. A second set of V wheels on the outside would also add to the stiffness of the Shapeoko.
There are a lot of people that have reversed the Y plates. I think @ClayJar did a complete write up. You’re not really gaining motion, just motion over the base. My wasteboard overlaps the front of the machine.
Yeah reversed plates are nice and all, but what about front/back tramming then ? Shimming is no big deal, but I would really, really like to be able to re-tram left/right AND front/back as often as I need to in a couple of minutes, so if anyone explored design options for this I would be keen to hear about it !
From a C3D perspective this could get tricky. The machines, when well assembled, are pretty darn close to square and tram. If they were to start adding slots and eccentrics everywhere, there would be many more issues with getting it really wrong the first time.
This is something I have looked at, I even made up a few hundred m6 eccentrics. It would need to be a general machine improvement built in to make it a worthy upgrade and ultimately would need more than just a small change. That said with the designs I’ve seen floating about over the last few days that’s not really an issue.