I (and I’m sure @Takumo) would like a decent milling machine.
CNC would be nice, but I don’t think it’s necessary and a worthy commitment at this stage. A nice manually operated machine would be a great addition to the space - I can think of many examples where milling a piece of material would be useful in a project.
The current thinking is a Warco WM-14, as they are nice, they are local, and they give us a discount.
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One day, perhaps
There are much more compact, desktop versions that I think would be more suitable for the space and weight limit we might have at the Boileroom
I would settle for a little Proxxon MF70 for now. East to CNC too
I feel it might be a bit too little, and that we’d soon outgrow it. It is nice though.
Too big. Too small. I’m renaming your account to @goldilocks.
This would fit nicely into the space we have…
Is that your weird gyro-and-sticky-tape-measure router you keep trying to get us to believe in?
Cloud capable! I’ve gots to get one.
Oh how much I’d like us to have one of those… but @Jagmills is right, we can’t fit that in our space, and it’d be dangerously heavy to put upstairs, if we even managed to get it there in the first place.
I think the Warco WM14 would be the ideal machine for us to start with, as it should serve most of the parts we need, plus they’re a local company which is always nice to support.
So I’m doing a cost analysis of a milling machine for the space.
There are two realistic options for us - the WM-14, and WM-16 mills.
Cost: £835 (inc VAT)
Table size: 500x120mm
Dimensions: 600 x 460 x 800mm
Motor power: 500w
Cost: £998 (inc VAT)
Table size: 700x180mm
Dimensions: 950 x 590 x 930mm
Motor power: 750w
The WM-16 is of course a more capable machine, but I (personally) am unsure of the justification of cost. We don’t necessarily need a bigger, heavier machine - especially with a smaller space with limited access.
The other side to consider is that we’ll need some additional accessories for operation; and then there’s a few accessories that could be considered initially to expand the usability.
Probably mandatory accessories:
End mills (£26 from Warco, can be sourced elsewhere) - probably essential. These are sundries, you break one you buy a new one.
Milling vice (£58 from Warco) - for holding something to mill.
Probably optional accessories:
Clamp Kit (£39 from Warco) - useful for bigger things.
Rotary table (£56 from Warco) - handy for making round things, expands the usability of the mill.
Personally I think the difference in cost between the WM-14 and WM-16 makes the WM-16 far better value, when you consider the 50% power increase on the motor, and the significantly larger work area.
The Endmills and vice are definately essential, and the clamp kit is really worth having, it will make a lot of things easier!
ER25 Collets and chuck - Not cheap at £99 but essential for using endmills!
Wiggler - £9.50 from Warco - let’s you find edges and also trace layouts and hold a dial in the spindle to center over holes. Plus the name is amusing. Not really essential but at the price it does give you a lot more precision when following layouts.
Warco have an open day march 11. They claim to have some deals and second hand bargins. Maybe as it is for a makerspace, a better deal could be had.
A grand suggestion. I’ve spoken to Warco and they have very kindly offered us a nice discount, however I will enquire if this is extended to open day deals too.
Okay, well lets see what sort of pledges we can get to pay for this thing then
I would like to officially pledge £150 My justification is I currently overpay my membership fee to make us last that little bit longer!