What would be the best material to use for a durable part in some type of CNC machine or other object requiring precision machining but high strength that can be cut with a Glowforge?
For example, making the plates and various mounts for a home made CNC. In this example build, the maker uses Garolite for the plates. He machined them with a router on the first version of his CNC made with MDF and aluminum brackets… Garolite is strong but has some problems as to suitability for lasers.
Corian is pretty durable, but might not have the shear strength to withstand stresses. It is rather expensive and from what I have read, is not the most pleasant material to cut and engrave. I know plywood is used in many smaller CNC machines.
It seems aluminum plates are most often used in CNCs and they can be bought fairly reasonable with OpenBuilds, but of course they can’t be cut with a Glowforge,
I can see the Glowforge doing a first iteration to get a spindle CNC going and then switch to machined aluminum for durability like @karaelena has demonstrated. Part of it is that aluminum can be drilled and tapped as needed.
Any experience out there?
[By the way: I couldn’t to find the “carry this discussion over to a new topic” link. I’d have cross linked in the parts maker topic, but didn’t find it until after I created this. It’s under the Share button.]