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machinejack

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Got to thinking again. Are there any programs out there to be able to use a 3 axis mill to use for 3D printing by adding an extruder head?
 

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Got to thinking again.
That could be dangerous. :grin:

You would need a 4th axis to run the extruder head. But there is no reason that it couldn't be done. I think Mach3 will run a 3D printer. I would say that any program that would run a 4th axis would run a 3D printer.

This is on my to do list, I have a parts list around here somewhere.
 

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There a few things that good 3-D printers have in addition to the XYZ and Extruder motor control. You also need a heated bed and contained space around the print to prevent drafts and allow for even and controlled cooling of the material. Some materials are more sensitive to this than others.
 

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It has been done. I looked into the Mach3 forum it can be done but is it worth the time and effort to me? Probably not. I was thinking about pattern making for casting. Made the 3D model, cast one in aluminum then you have a more durable pattern. A dedicated wooden one would be easier to make for me. Nothing new to learn. Wooden patterns have served the old sandcrabs well.
 
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