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Somehow I got carried away by the comments in the last video and decided to sharpen my welding skills trying to rebuild the mill out of steel.
I remade the entire frame out of 40x40x2 steel box and TIG welded it using a technique called winging it. As a known side effect of this technique the frame is not square, straight, coplanar, or any of the required properties for the frame of a machine like this. I solved it by shimming almost everything on it with washers of different thicknesses and a lot of brute force. In the build of the aluminium one almost everything went perfect first try, in this build I had to wrestle with it a lot, way more than I’m capable to show in a single video. The machine is obviously more rigid than the aluminium one and after a lot of fiddling with it, it is surprisingly straight where it counts and seems to even be properly trammed.
As a bonus at the end of the video I decided to obliterate some aluminium and steel with the wrong dull bit and completely wrong feeds and speeds.
As always let me know what you think in the comments.
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00:00 Preparing the parts
02:20 Welding the frame
06:37 Finishing the frame
07:07 XY Table
10:50 Z Axis turret
13:04 Final assembly