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High-tech tool (ie laser-cutter) gripe Answered

You know, there are some high-tech tools that I'd like to have, and it's starting to annoy me that they're so SIMILAR, but there doesn't seem to be any way to combine them and save some of the costs. Consider your Laser cutter, your CNC router (for plastic or wood), your PCB milling machine, and your CNC hotwire foam cutter. All feature a major portion of their cost in a precision X-Y tool movement (and sometimes Z.) But can I switch tools (and perhaps bases) and convert one to another ? No! Sigh. The differences in tool and base properties are pretty significant; is there any way something like this might be possible?

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Polymorph
Polymorph

12 years ago

CNC Router, Laser cuttter, and PCB milling machine could be done on one machine with replaceable heads and maybe a changeable bed. A hot wire foam cutter has an entirely different layout, though.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 12 years ago

Westfw forgot about the water jet. You have to call a plumber to fix that.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

A jet that flies using water?

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starwing123
starwing123

Reply 12 years ago

water jet is a machine that cuts using high pressure water

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

I was j/k, sorry I forgot my j/k trademark ;-)

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 12 years ago

You get that awful knocking in the pipes when it hits Mach 1.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

I just finished reading a short story by Asimov about spaceships that used water propulsion once in space...interesting concept....although complete fantasy as far as I know.

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Big Bwana
Big Bwana

Reply 12 years ago

who needs a plumber when you can use a plasma cutter...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

Oh I wish I knew where I put those plans for turning an old dot matrix printer into an X-Y plotter. That might be a start.

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starwing123
starwing123

12 years ago

Yeah, Also, 3-D printers are so similar to the rest too.

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whatsisface
whatsisface

12 years ago

Sounds like a mod for a CNC is needed. Good idea, patent it quick :-P