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Thanks for adding me to your forum. I've wanted a CNC Router for a couple of years and just recently picked up a used Probotix Asteroid. The Z bearings were pretty loose so I've ordered new bearings all around and should have them installed and the machine back up in a couple of weeks.

I'll be converting it from LinuxCNC to UCCNC so if anyone has a running UCCNC config file for the Asteroid I'd enjoy discussing it with you. I think I've got most of the settings correct, taken from the LinuxCNC ini file, but won't be able to check them out until the machine is put back together.

Looking forward to learning from the experienced users here and in other CNC Router/Woodworking groups on the Internet.

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Welcome to the forum Ed . Probotix is a popular company around here , and I’m sure you’ll fit right in
 

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Hello and welcome to the router forum, Ed
 
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Welcome to the forum, Ed! We're looking forward to seeing your machine and your projects so start posting photos whenever you're ready. If the photos are on your computer you can post now but you need over 10 posts to use 3rd party hosting services.

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Thank you all for the warm welcome.

David, here's a pic taken right after first setting it up on the table I threw together. It's all in pieces now as I wait for new linear bearings to arrive. I'll post more as I get it put back together and operational, along with some UCCNC configuration settings if anyone is interested.

I'll resize any future photo files before uploading. Didn't see a way to delete this one and redo it.

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You're going to enjoy that, Ed. Ours is a 2x4 and I sometimes use it every day of the week. Had a job order last night on Etsy and got in the shop early to cut the pieces, got them boxed, and picked up by USPS before noon.

I think you have about 30 minutes of editing time once you make a post if you need to go back and make changes. I resize my photos to 1080x810 before uploading, if that helps.

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Welcome to the forum Ed.
 
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Ed, welcome to the forums. I don't have a CNC but enjoy seeing what the other folks produce. Looking forward to seeing your projects.
 

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While I have the Asteroid torn down, I thought it a good time to get some accurate measurements and create a model in Fusion360 for future reference and possible mods. These renderings are from that model. One mod for sure will be to add cross support and possibly recess the spoilboard to gain a little gantry clearance. I believe I saw where some members here had done that and I'll probably do something similar. Still trying to work out the best hold down methods, although for smaller projects, I'll use masking tape and super glue, which has worked well for me in the past.

I'm open to suggestions on what has worked for you.

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Thanks David. On that one, I drew everything except the stepper motors and the Dewalt router. Those I downloaded from GrabCad.

I enjoy using Fusion a lot and have designed a couple of other CNC routers. (I would have built one of them if I had the money. lol) On these, the ball screw nuts, bearings and motor couplers were imported along with the steppers and spindle. The rest is my design and drawing. Both of these were uploaded to GrabCad if you'd like to poke around with the files.
 

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Welcome aboard, Ed.

I also have an Asteroid. Loving it so far.
I also made a wooden frame for mine. However, I had to make it taller so my router table would fit underneath. And I made a pull out tray for the keyboard and mouse. Recently, I switched over to a wireless keyboard and mouse. They are working well. The new keyboard came with a clear film cover for the keys. Well, I just left it in place. It is pliable and I haven't had any problem with key strokes (or missed keystrokes) so I am happy. And NO dust on the keys!

When In built my frame, it was suggested that I include a solid back to help stabilize the frame from racking due to the action of the CNC. I added it after taking these pictures.

Note: The router table has two routers and adjustable height. I made the CNC frame to fit over it.
The Unity controller and the PC fit on small shelves on the right hand side of the frame.

Looking forward to seeing some of your work.

Here are couple of pictures of my set up. It is really cramped in my one car garage, but as long as my wife can walk through into the house, she is happy.:grin:
 

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That's a nice setup, MT. I was originally going to put the keyboard on a slide-out, but since I'll be sharing one PC between my Sherline CNC Mill and the Asteroid, I opted to leave it on the workbench to the left of the router table for now. I was considering getting a CNCRP Pro 4848 at one point and had designed a table for it that included a router table on one end. The table was designed to handle an 8' machine if I ever wanted to upgrade so I utilized that extra space for the stationary router. I never got around to purchasing the CNCRP machine, so that table never left the drawing board. lol

How's that clamping system working out for you? I think your's may have been one that I saw posted and am considering T-track like that.

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