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.
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. …
|Jason Kongchouy||General Hacking Days, by request (Slack)|
|Fletcher Boyd||General Hacking Days, Workshop Wednesdays, by request (Slack)|
|Iain Graham||Open days, by request (Slack)|
|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|
|X Axis Range||600|
|Y Axis Range||420|
|Z Axis Range||70|
|Full Swarf-O-Mat Area||600mm x 460mm x 70mm (minus buffer)|
|Maximum Dimensions of Any job||580mm x 440mm x 60mm|
You can not use a lot of things, if it's not listed here and/or you're not sure ASK!
|soft wood||(easy eg pine)|
|MDF||(easy but dust is toxic)|
|acrylic||(easy but melts easily)|
|HDPE||(easy aka chopping board polymer)|
|aluminium||(hard non standard bits)|
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.
If you're here, hopefully you already have plans.
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.
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.
More information on Swarf-O-Mat is available on its Project Page.