PCNC Customer Modifications – Sliding Guards and Arms

We’ve recently received some great ideas for PCNC Mill customer modifications. I thought I would share a few for inspiration. First, from PCNC 1100 owner Brian in Michigan: Sliding Chip Guard Second, from PCNC 1100 owner  Dale in Canada: Sliding Monitor Arm Fantastic work! Thanks for Sharing, guys – and keep ’em coming!

Andrew Grevstad

With over ten years of professional experience in advanced manufacturing systems, digital design tools, and applied software, Andy Grevstad has worked in product development and technical support for Tormach since 2008. Grevstad has received engineering degrees from Michigan Technological University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a regular contributor to Digital Machinist magazine and also blogs weekly about CNC milling and related topics on the Tormach blog, Milling Around.

Andrew Grevstad

5 thoughts on “PCNC Customer Modifications – Sliding Guards and Arms

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    02/03/2012 at 10:00 am

    Dale gave me an idea for the monitor end of the machine.

    If you use the roller guides like he has, and you adapt a table to it, then you don’t need the swing arm.

    That’s a lot of extra weight the control cabinet doesn’t have to support.

    Only problem is, then what do you do with that $300.00 arm?

    I like Brian’s too. Only change I think I would make is to add some kind of a finger on each end that would make the splash guard move with the table

    Nice job guys.


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    02/03/2012 at 1:53 pm

    Wow! Great ideas, please keep these coming. On Brian’s, does that guard automatically slide along with the X axis? What are those blue rods for?

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    02/03/2012 at 7:40 pm

    Hi Kent,
    With the “Y” & “X’ axis constantly moving I would be afraid to have the guard attached to the machine table. I have found that it works real well just moving where needed and its quick to move for access to the vise, etc.

    The blue rods are spring loaded parallel keepers. Enco sells them, a little pricy, but they work great. Of course
    a collection of misc. springs for narrow gaps work, too.

    Thanks, Brian

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    02/04/2012 at 4:41 pm

    Looks like Friday ended before Andy could assemble that 4th-axis material indicated in the email. 🙂 Happens to all of us.

  • Andy G.
    02/06/2012 at 8:28 am

    Guilty. This was longer post that I shortened. 4th axis musing coming shortly…

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