Machining 12' sheets on 8' router

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Machining 12' sheets on 8' router

Postby Brian Shannon » Tue, May 24 2016, 12:12PM

Does anyone have ideas/tips for cutting 12' laminate sheets on a 5' x 8' router? I know it can be done and has been done on my router, by the previous owner. I no longer have contact with them. I'm sure it's a matter of lying to the machine(as we need to do from time to time), and indexing the material to jog it on the "X" axis for a second cut. Any help would be much appreciated.

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Re: Machining 12' sheets on 8' router

Postby Forrest Chapman » Tue, May 24 2016, 12:32PM

Really depends on a few things. What software are you using? Is it a moving gantry? Are there any tool holders at the end of the table?

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Re: Machining 12' sheets on 8' router

Postby Brian Shannon » Tue, May 24 2016, 2:17PM

Forrest,

I am only using eCabinet Systems software and do not have a moving gantry. There are tools at the end that will make things interesting. I am going to cut these parts for another shop and will know more about what is needed later today. That should help in finding a work-around solution.

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Re: Machining 12' sheets on 8' router

Postby Jeremy Schiffer » Thu, Jun 02 2016, 10:43AM

You're on the right track. We've done it many times, and it is just a matter of removing the toolholders, sliding the material on through, and re-indexing. The tricky part is getting the second cut to line up nicely with the first.
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Re: Machining 12' sheets on 8' router

Postby Brian Shannon » Sun, Jun 05 2016, 12:49PM

Thanks Guys,

It looks like my client needs 28" x 156" panels with 1/2" through holes on a 1" grid so I will have to make a joint anyway.


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