Plasma -> Router Conversion - Aluminum extrusion for gantry motion
But now that I am getting used to running the table, I am seeing more and more uses for the table and would really like to do some light routing. I am concerned that the single linear rail won't take even light routing forces for very long. I do have the benefit of the gear rail being 90* to the linear rail and being spring tensioned, but I still don't think the two bearings in-line is a good idea.
The 80mm x 80mm extrusion for my gantry doesn't leave much room for a second linear rail. I do have a piece of 80mm x 160mm extrusion that would give me the space for two linear rails, but I didn't originally use it because of the extra weight (23 lbs vs 43 lbs)
I recently started looking into the specialized extrusions that are available at places like Precision Plasma, but I can't find them for sale anywhere and I am not even sure they are the best option going from a linear rail to a v-rail setup. Any idea where to buy these types of extrusions? I didn't see them for sale on PP, but I have yet to reach out to them.
Click here for pic of Precision Plasma gantry extrusion
Does anyone have any opinions / ideas on the best way to convert my gantry to allow for light routing:
1) Suck it up and put on the 80mm x 160mm extrusion and hope it doesn't effect my ability to plasma cut thin material
2) Use v-rail extrusion