Today we installed the new Z-Plus head on the Shop CNCs. This moves us from a belt-driven V-groove bearing-guided z-axis to a lead screw-driven rail-guided z-axis. In addition the Z-stepper motor is beefier and the gauge of metal is much thicker. Result? A much more rigid structure which should result in better quality cuts.
Below is a little insight told in pictures.
Mastermind Pat takes on upgrading the XXL.
The CNCs needed to be disassembled and reassembled.
Travis took the easy task of upgrading the smaller Shapeoko 3.
Dallas got in the mix with design and 3D printing to solve our dust collection challenges.
It’s really beautiful what he did with Fusion 360, be sure to check it out at the Shop.
Here’s what the new head looks like; note the lead screw, rails and motor.
The XYZ probe was spot-on and the first cut was flawless … we’re in business!