I recently got a new Nomad 3 and have been making a bunch of wood parts but would like to start working with aluminum. I’m a bit worried about chip accumulation in pockets (I’d prefer to avoid stuff like setting up a flood coolant system or having to constantly vacuum to keep things clear). Is there any reason it wouldn’t work to flip the Nomad 90° onto its front (so that the power button faces down, with a modified enclosure so everything is properly supported), and machine that way so that chips fall out more easily?
I found this thread about doing the same thing with a Shapeoko, but it seems that several of the concerns raised there wouldn’t apply here (e.g. since all of the Nomad axes are driven by lead screws instead of belts). Has anyone tried this?