16 November 2011


Cartesio is a computer controlled router (CNC machine).
It is designed, so it can hold multiple tools at its tool head.
This way one could connect a mill and/or a 3Dprint extruder and/or ….

Cartesio is constructed from lightweight aluminium extruded profiles.
These give the machine a very rigid construction, and at the same time make it lightweight.
The profiles also allow for easy configuration of the machine.
So if you want to change anything, i.g. the Z axis to a much longer configuration, it can be done very easily.

The tool moves in X and Y direction, and the object only moves in Z-axis (up/down).
This is done, so that larger objects will not fly off the bed at high speeds have stress from (de)acceleration.
The bed is supported on all 4 sides, so it makes for a very rigid base.

The “gantry” type Y-axis makes sure that a wide variety of tools can be mounted to the tool holder.
This kind of set-up will result in a tool changer in the future.
At the moment a Proxxon engraving tool (thankfully donated by Hegner) is mounted to the tool head, together with the new 3Dprint Extruder.

There is also a page at RepRap .