So as I've said before this 4 axis machine has been built for just a single purpose.
I'm into something called 'airsoft' (for those that know what that is) and a few years ago I started to develop a product which takes one of the high end airsoft platforms on by a few steps with added features etc etc (i won't go into the detail here).
When I was starting out I made a few prototypes on my Chinese router with Mach 3....... as we all do when starting out i'm sure.
Some parts were made from 7075 T6 on the old machine and it did a pretty good job TBH, but as you'd imagine it was slow, to get a reasonable finish.
But things moved on and I required a new machine which could actually produce something which I could sell. The machine would need to be accurate, reliable, and faster than the router and be able to leave the machine to run without any human interaction whilst tool changing.
I believe I achieved all those requirements
and its been a life changer.
I found the Acorn on the net and it looked like the thing I wanted......... but it really wasn't obvious in the marketing that its capable of incorporating a tool changer. Therefore I looked at a Masso and was just about to press the button on that when I came across some random youtube vid about the Acorn being able to use a tool changer. This was the reason I went with the Acorn.........
If you want my humble advise...(I'm sure you don't need it).... but please make more of the tool changer function in your marketing.
So here we are, I'm making parts (selling products) on the new machine run by Acorn, with Teknic motors (had a dud though), with a Chinese ATC spindle (that's awesome), flood cooling etc etc.
I'm running at only 50% of what the teknics are capable of at present as they scare me a little. On double nut ball screws and Hiwin rails.
And everything seems pretty accurate to within a 1/100 of a mm.
For average roughing out I use an 8mm end mill at DOC 5mm, 4000mm p/m, and i'm happy with that.......... but i know the machine will do more.
Acorn has had a couple of hiccups, but I think its more to do with microsoft than centroid, but I do trust Acorn.......... and that's the main thing.
So here you'll find a video with what I'm actually doing. I should state that this is 'AIRSOFT' and not real firearms and they can't be converted.
I've started to market my designs/products now as I'm confident that I can produce them correctly thanks to my Centroid Acorn machine.
I'll soon make a start on a 2nd machine