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Hello all. I am about as new as new can get. This is my first post on this forum asking advice for my first CNC machine. Please feel free to comment on anything in my post and not just the questions that I ask. I have decided on an XZero Raptor 30" x 36" CNC machine and I am trying to decide what I will need. I have whittled down the electronics package to either the Leadshine MX3660 or the Geckodrive G540. the MX3660 has steps from 1 to 1/64 where the G540 (my understanding anyway) is 1 to 1/10. Also, the MX3660 is rated at 60vdc at 6A for a total of 3 Axis where the G540 is rated at 50vdc at 3.5A for a total of 4 Axis. I like the steps of the 3660 and the forth axis for the G540 (in case I may want to add that later). The next decision is the motors. Since I don't know what "good" is, I really need advice in this department. I am only doing surface carving of wood, no metal or anything like that. The choices I am throwing around are both NEMA 23 motors, one is 281oz and the other is 381oz. I know that the 381's have more torque than the 281's, but would I need the extra torque for my applications. Let me know what you think. Does anyone have any experience with the XZero Raptor that they would like to share with me, good, bad, or indifferent. Thanks in advance for any help that you could give me. Stacey
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Good for you. I had to have one already built. I would not know where to start to build one.
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check out Probotix as they have reasonable prices on turnkey machines and just parts. There is also lots of info on steppers, boards and controls. I highly recommend using linuxcnc for software. My first diy machine ran Mach3 on windows but after buying a machine from probotix, that came with linux, I switched my diy machine over to linux too and I'm not a fan of linux. I found emails to probotix were lacking but if you phone them, Len will take all the time you need to answer your questions. hope this helps
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