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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

9 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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caitlinsdadPolymorph

Reply 9 years ago

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

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starwing123Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

water jet is a machine that cuts using high pressure water

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Goodhartstarwing123

Reply 9 years ago

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

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caitlinsdadGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Goodhartcaitlinsdad

Reply 9 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 Bwanacaitlinsdad

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Goodhart

9 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

9 years ago

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

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whatsisface

9 years ago

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