Southern Sawdust ATC Multi-Tool CNC Router
Southern Sawdust ATC Multi-Tool CNC Router
The Southern Sawdust Multi-tool was developed to give you, the creator, the ability to bring your dreams to life!
The Southern Sawdust Multi-tool was developed to give you, the creator, the ability to bring your dreams to life! Read more
About this project
1. New larger Work Envelopes added to the Kickstarter rewards! see updates
2. New Reward level for Frame Only Kit Starter, see updates.
What is the Southern Sawdust MT24 and VT3 Spindle?
The MT24 is a rugged 3 axis CNC machining platform featuring the VT3 automatic tool change spindle. The VT3 spindle is what makes this system truly unique. Never before has a CNC machining platform with automatic tool change capability been available at such an affordable price.
The MT24 Router platform features a generous 24"x24"x6" work envelope, a robust stepper-based motion platform featuring true linear bearing guides, and a high performance ballscrew drive-line on all axes. These industrial features ensure long lasting performance from your new machine tool.
Automatic tool change capability is what really sets this system apart from the sea of other CNC routers available today. This MT24 system is affordable enough for startups and hobbyists, while providing the immediate benefit of ATC technology. Plus, when you are ready to take your products into full production, there is no need to worry about future expenses for upgrading to ATC technology, or even worse, having to think about buying a new machine all together.
What are the benefits of automatic tool change (ATC) and what is so exceptional about adding it to this machine?
Automatic tool change is simply the most effective way to dramatically increase productivity without adding multiple machines to your shop. In its most basic form, it allows you to change tools on your machine in seconds rather than minutes. In addition, it allows you to let your machine run unattended for entire production cycles, freeing you up for other activities. You will no longer need to stand by your machine waiting to change a tool.
What Materials can I cut using the Southern Sawdust MT24?
- Plywoods and MDF
- Soft metals
- Circuit boards
- Waxes and foams
- Linoleum and other stamping materials
Can I learn to use the MT24?
The short answer is: Absolutely!
90% of the learning process needed to run a CNC machine like the MT24 is focused on the CAD/CAM software. Vectric offers several products that make the design and programming of CNC projects very easy. We would urge to check out Vectric's website to find tutorials and other learning resources. You can also download complete trials of the software.
For your convenience here is link to their website: http://www.vectric.com/index.html
Also, as part of this project:
Over the coming months, we will have tutorials professionally produced. They will be designed to guide you through various CNC projects that will explore the most novice to the most advanced CNC topics. We believe this will be an invaluable tool for new and veteran users to make the most of your MT24.
Finally, as part of this project, we will also be launching a new website forum. Along with a community of users, we will develop this forum to store a wealth of information about the function and operation of the MT24, VT3 and similar machines.
What is the goal of this Kickstarter?
Southern Sawdust has been working with our partner, Blurry Customs, to configure and design a machine with native ATC capability in a price range competitive with other non-ATC systems available today. We have invested a lot of time and effort into making this happen, and this Kickstarter is our chance to take the project to the next level, and offer this machine and spindle to the masses.
Rather than having these machines and spindles built one at a time, making them far too expensive, the funds raised in this Kickstarter will be used to place a large initial machine and spindle order with BC and secure our OEM agreement with them. Once that is complete, Southern Sawdust will be able to offer this machine and spindle on a continuing basis at incredible prices.
Along with this initial production order, we will also be investing some funds into building a new website to support this project. This website will serve as an ordering platform for the machine and spindle. More importantly though, we will immediately begin posting support information to the site. This will include video tutorials, project ideas, and a user community where our new family of MT24 users can help each other make the most of their new machine.
MT- FRAME THE KIT STARTER
This reward is designed to let those who want to build their own machine on a solid MT foundation. It provides the best of both worlds: a fully engineered and tested machine platform, without requiring the entire expense of the machine up front. Instead, you can build your machine in stages, as your finances allow, but still end up with a machine that your neighbors will be jealous of! At this reward level you will receive the following: A full set of MT24 laser cut and black powdercoated ⅜” steel frames A full set of the aluminum extrusion frame components, precision cut to length, and tapped for easy assembly A stainless steel hardware pack for the assembly of these items.
Kickstarter supporters get first access to these machines and spindle at a special price. The rewards offered are the actual first production models of machines and spindles in various configurations. Details of what is included in these packages are in the rewards sections.
You may be interested in what the Southern Sawdust "Top Popper" ($25.00 reward level) looks like. Here it is below.
MT24 Base Configuration:
- 24"x24"x6" Work Envelope
- Linear guide and ballscrew construction
- Stepper based motion system with ethernet interface
- 350IPM traverse speed, and 200IPM cut speeds
- 3hp VT3 15,000rpm spindle and 4 station linear tool rack
- 4 tool holders that utilize ER25 collets (4 collets included)
- Replaceable MDF table top
- Weight: 250lbs
- Footprint: 42"x36"
- 3hp 220V 15,000rpm AC Induction Spindle Motor
- Dual ABEC9 Precision Angular Contact Bearings
- ISO25 Tool Interface
- High efficiency, aluminum heat sink housing for passive cooling
- Weight: 16.5lbs
- Rear mount 6 hole bolt pattern
Product requirements that are not included in this Kickstarter project:
- Air compressor capable of producing 100psi at 2SCFM
- Work bench that can support 500 lbs or more (or your machine is on the floor)
- Router bits and other cutting tools
- 220VAC 30A phase power supply
Where and who will build the Southern Sawdust MT24 line of CNC routers and VT3 ATC Spindle?
The Southern Sawdust MT24 and VT3 automatic tool changing spindle will be manufactured at the Blurry Customs facility located in Hendersonville Tennessee. Southern Sawdust will be intimately involved in the assembly and final inspections of these machines and spindles. Alongside Blurry Customs, Southern Sawdust will support and warranty the machines on a long term basis.
We must give credit where credit is due!
These two companies have been integral to the launch and on going support of this Kickstarter campaign and we thank you.
Risks and challenges
As mentioned before, this project has been in the works for years. Our aim was to bring a project to Kickstarter that had as little risk involved as possible. We have done the work to develop the product, establish the production capability, and even test the product under real world circumstances.
We would ask for some understanding of the following: the successful funding of this Kickstarter will result in an immediate increase in the demands on our time and support resources. We are trying to plan accordingly, but we would request some patience as we work quickly to post up all of the support and tutorial resources that we are working on. We look forward to working with some of you directly to develop those resources for this community so they are catered directly to your needs.
Also, a note on production: Blurry Customs has plenty of capacity to produce these items on a large scale. They have made a commitment to us, in the case of a successful campaign, to ensure that MT24 and VT3 production will have top priority. If the unforeseeable does happen, though, we will keep this community updated with up to the minute details.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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