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What changes need to be made to a 3d printer and or software to mill/route with it? Answered

I have a Robo 3D R1+, and am about to mount a rotary tool flex shaft on the carriage, other than mounting the dremel what other changes need to be done.  My biggest concern is the software, mattercontrol is what I'm using atm (the stock software that came with it).

some of you may wonder why or what I'm going to do with it, yes, 

1) because

2) whatever I can do with it.  (to clarify further, will I be milling pcbs or making neet figurines out of brass, aluminum or wood?, yes to those as well)



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5 years ago

A normal 3D printer is useless as it is not designed for the forces required when milling.
Some slicers offer to do the slicing without extruder but even then you need to edit the code manually.
Better option is to use a dedicated firmware for this job together with proper software.
My main concern would be the drive gear although for just pcb milling it might be fine, but forget about serious work on metal...


5 years ago

Because you have to push a router or
mill your stepper motors may not be up to the job. Indeed most CNC
routers and mills are pretty heavy engineering to get the stiffness you

+ some suitable software to run G code is the industry standard.

+ beefed up stepper motor drivers.

it isn't going to work unless on very very light work, a laser cutter may be a better conversion but cutting metal is out of the question in that case.