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Re: CNC Routers for FRC Robotics

Awesome thread!

We invested in a CAMaster Panther unit as one of the new shop tools for the season, and it's been invaluable (that plus laser cutter). It took our cad->part turnaround time from days to hours/minutes.

I've been running aluminum (6061) on it at ~100ips, 12,500rpm (1/4" Onsrud upcut spiral O flute bit) with some pretty impressive results. The only real issue this year was the spoilboard warped a bit because it wasn't bolted down properly, that'll be fixed in the upcoming weeks.

Any chance you could share any more details on the tubing jig? That's the next project on my radar. Had floated a bunch of concepts on how to hold down tubing but nothing as solid as your setup. Thanks!
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