Customer Project Spotlight: Matthew White

We were tweeted this photo the other day from Indiana hackerspace The MakerHive.

This is the kind of thing that gets the Inventables team really excited. It's a custom aluminum mount for the Rostock Max 3D printer made by our neighbors to the South at SeeMeCNC on their Shapeoko 2!

We did some sleuthing and got in touch with the person who made these, a customer of ours named Matthew White.

He got back to us with some pretty awesome photos of his setup and details about their operation:

"The mill work did come off a Shapeoko V2 and I was the one who designed and milled it. Thank you for the kind comments on my work. The work in question is a new mount for the SEEMECNC Rostock V2 3D printer to use the E3D V6 print head.

My mill is a Shapeoko V2 with the 400W motor and is run by a TinyG board. I use a full metal bed and custom 3d printed motor mount, end stop switch mounts and cable chain. I also have the upgraded Z axis kit."

For those who question whether our Quiet Cut Spindle is tough enough for a given job, this should be proof enough.

"It is out of ¼ 6061 which was faced down to 6mm from 6.35mm and then was milled out to make the mount. It is then placed in a tumbler for a 3 stage finishing process and then anodized to the chosen color. 

 From start to finish it is about a 26Hr process per mount due to milling the aluminum and the needed slow speeds. Everything is done here at my place (house) including the anodizing. I am a sports photographer by trade but milling and 3d printing are my hobbies. 

 I am lucky enough to have access to Solidworks which I used for the CAD portion and I used HSMXpress to do the CAM toolpaths. It uses a 1.58mm 2 flute endmill, a 3 flute Destiny VIPER 3mm end mill and a 3MM 45 degree chamfer endmill to cut everything out. I also use the mill to cut the custom length carbon fiber tube spacers. They are capped off with milled 6061 caps which are anodized to match and tapped to M3 for attaching the head to the printer. I included a final render to give you an idea of what I am speaking about."

Matthew also sent along some images of another project he made out of aluminum, some custom Texas A&M keychains:

Fantastic work Matthew! Please keep it up.

Do any of our readers have an awesome project to share? Document your project and send it to us!


I'm guessing those are anodised after milling?
Matthew said…
Yes both projects were anodized after milling.
Matthew said…
Thanks! I am flattered that anyone took notice and did a write up on it. I love the Shapeoko and exploring the possibilities it offers for milling.
Jason W said…
Nice work Mathew. Do you mind sharing your feed rate and depth increment?

Matthew said…
I run it at between .10-.12mm cuts and rough at 65mm/m on the 1.58mm and at 110mm/m on the 3mm and 65mm/m on the chamfer bit. I finish at about half feed speed with 3 .05mm passes for each of the 7 operations needed to mill the mounts.
Jason W said…
Clearly I was cutting it too fast and too deep :p.
Thanks Matthew, I will give that a try.
James Ryan said…
hi can you share details about you 3 stage finishing process? Tumbler?
James Ryan said…
Hi great work. Can you share details of your finishing process - tumbler?

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