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Swarf-O-Mat CNC Router

Summary

swarfomat_jarrahdeck.jpg The Swarf-O-Mat is a high speed CNC router that can effectively machine materials ranging from wood to aluminium including various types of plastics. Swarf-O-Mat was built by, and belongs to SKoT McDonald but is available for communal use at the Artifactory. If you use Swarf-O-Mat you should either provide your own appropriate tooling or make a contribution to the Swarf-O-Mat tooling fund.

:!: Swarf-O-Mat is a very dangerous tool that is capable of severely damaging both itself and anyone using it if used improperly, as such it is not to be used until you have completed the safety induction and been trained in its use.

Hazards

Crush danger from moving parts Tools may be extremely sharp

Approved Users

Under NO Circumstances Should you use this Machine if you have not been Trained Repeat: Under NO circumstances should you use this machine if you have not been trained by an official trainer. …

Trainers Availability
SKoT McDonald
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lemming
Jason Kongchouy
Mason Larobina
Full Operators
Christopher Hall
Glenn Martin
David Lowe
Gregory Bruyer (ex-member)
Tim Gilchrist
John Parker
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Jenna Downing
Mike
Nathan Thompson
Kitty
Wazza
Trainee Operators
Jason Muirhead
Nick Bannon
Brendan
Mitch Kelly

Swarf-o-Mat Reference

Materials Reference
Material VFD Setting Feed Rate (6mm Tool) Pass Depth (mm) Notes
Aluminium 400 200mm/min 0.25 Swarf will re-weld to sides of channels - keep job clean
HDPE 300 1200mm/min 3 Cuts like butter
Perspex / Acrylic 300 600mm/min 2 Grind the plastic, don't melt it - take it slower than wood
Jarrah 400 800mm/min 2 Jarrah gets even HARDER if burnt
Pine 400 1300mm/min 3 Forgiving & easy
MDF 400 1300mm/min 3 Easy to cut, but dust is toxic

Specifications

X Axis Range 600
Y Axis Range 420
Z Axis Range 70
Collet ER11
Driver Software Mach3
Full Swarf-O-Mat Area 600mm x 460mm x 70mm (minus buffer)
Maximum Dimensions of Any job 580mm x 440mm x 60mm

Approved Materials

You can not use a lot of things, if it's not listed here and/or you're not sure ASK!

Material Note
soft wood (easy eg pine)
MDF (easy but dust is toxic)
acrylic (easy but melts easily)
HDPE (easy aka chopping board polymer)
hard wood (hard)
aluminium (hard non standard bits)

Swarf-O-Mat Checklist

  • Start of Day Check X-Axis Alignment
  • Spoil board
  • Job Clamped Tight?
  • Clamp Support Biscuits
  • Cutting Bit tight?
  • load file
  • x, Y,Z zeroed? (z zero spindle check Safety gear on)
  • Travel 4 corners no Obstruction?
  • Cooling Fan Fluid FLowing?
  • Extraction Fan
  • Safety gear on all those present
  • spindle on
  • Feed rate at 50% start
  • Begin CNC job
  • turn off spindle
  • remove job
  • clean up pack away clamps, biscuits
  • turn off everything

Instructions for Use

Very important condition of use: Use Swarf-o-mat with caution!

This is a FRAGILE and awesome bit of equipment – RESPECT IT, BE CAREFUL!

If you're not 100% certain about what you're doing, DON'T! Get advice and take care.

1) Know what you want to make/do

If you're here, hopefully you already have plans.

You can:

  • cut
  • engrave
  • carve (to a limited extent)

2) Plan and draw your project in VCarve

VCarve is the supported software for use with swarf-o-mat.

This software is installed on the computers available in the computer room in the space.

Artifactory members can make a folder on the network that can be accessed by swarf-o-mat.

Detailed instruction are provided on Existing Tutorials page.

3) Cut material with swarf-o-mat

USE THE MACHINE WITH EXTREME CARE

If you are not sure what you are doing: DON'T DO IT – get help and advice from one of the friendly swarf-o-mat operators.

Detailed instruction are provided on Swarf-O-Mat Usage Instructions page.

Notes

More information on Swarf-O-Mat is available on its Project Page.

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