Counterfeits

I know, I know, a Mitutoyo Micrometer and Caliper set for US $60, shipping included, can’t be true. Chinese tools aren’t so bad, but these Mitutoyo chinese counterfeits are a joke.IMG_3106IMG_3107IMG_3110The mic doesn’t even look like the real one, and the caliper is the typical chinese cheap caliper (well, a little bit better may be, but not a Mitutoyo). The mic is usable, but I think the caliper needs some tweaking to make it a worth tool. The seller, jingshengyang2088, has a 99% positive feedback. Lesson learned.

Power Supplies

Are you searching for a new, cheap power supply for your CNC project? Well, here you have two options for a 24V / 8A supply.

supply-comp_2I bought Sonyang for $35 just here. I don’t remember how much I paid for the MW one, but for sure it was in the same range. So here are the guts, Sonyang on top, MW below.

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Some things to point out:

  • Yellow plastic cover on MW is not well designed: can’t be fully opened (I will just remove it).
  • Soldered fuse on MW, socket fuse on Sonyang.
  • Dual output 24V terminal on MW; triple on Sonyang.
  • Way better output rectifier heatsink on Sonyang.
  • Overall larger components on Sonyang.

Of course a visual inspection of the boards doesn’t tell the full history, but to me, there’s a obvious choice.

Update: Second power supply brand is “Meang Wel”, not “Mean Well” as I thought. Real Mean Well power supplies seems to be a lot better.

 

Nema23 mounts

I’ve got these motor mounts from rattmmotor88 ebay seller for just $15.67 each one, shipping and hex screws included. Shipping was really fast (fedex), just eight days (I use to wait 30 to 50 days for items from china).

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Packaging could be better; there are some scratches, but nothing you can’t fix with a file. Internal milling is great. External sanding finishing looks nice, but flatness is somewhat compromised; milling finishing for mounting surfaces would have been great. I don’t understand why they make motor recess 42mm diameter when it should be 38mm; anyway this is not a serious issue. Of course a critical parameter in these mounts is the space they add between motor and mount surface; 40mm in this case.

As this kind of mount allows a lot of play between leadscrew axis and motor axis, you should be careful every time you install X or Y motors, especially if you’ve got heavy motors and/or your couplings are “flexible type”.

CNC6040Z

Cheap chinese routers: will be worth? That’s the question (or was, for me). So here’s my new machine; well, just a frame. US $1040, shipping included. Here’s the link.

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I’d rather choose this machine instead the most popular chinese router (I have my reasons). You can search the complete machine by googling “CNC6040Z-D300 router”.

This was my first aliexpress experience. Seller was kindly, shipping really was fast, packaging could be better but was ok. No instructions, of course.

So here’s my first impression: solid parts, clean design, rough finishing. There are some  ugly faces on these parts, and sometimes it feels like you should really cross your fingers before attempting to assembly this thing. But of course, for this low price you CAN’T expect neat finishing, and most of this is just aesthetics, so it’s ok.

More info soon!

Things you don’t know you need

I’m quite tidy. But when I’m working, I should move from my chair to get any tool. So every tool I grasp ends on my table (because I’m too lazy to put it back), and after some days my work area turns into a mess, so later I should spend a lot of time putting everything in its place. But now I have this:

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This is a really cool tool organizer: compact, cute, wheeled. Having your tools at hand, fast and easily, makes a difference. I’m in no way associated with Keter, and for sure there’re another brands similar products, but this is a great product.