WorkBee CNC Aluminum Plates Kit

By Ooznest

With a WorkBee CNC Kit you can manufacture functional engineering parts, toys, signs, or whatever you can imagine without leaving the workshop. The WorkBee CNC Kit is capable of accurately cutting foams, woods, plastics or aluminum at depths greater than 25mm to 0.2mm accuracy or better. This item is the aluminum plates for the Ooznest WorkBee, which you will need if you are building a custom machine or souring all the parts yourself. Please note these plates are already included in the Mechanical and Mechanical & Electrical WorkBee Kits. oznest has several years of experience with CNCs and 3D printers, which shows in this high quality kit that has components from OpenBuilds. This machine appeals to both hobbyists and professionals and is supported by Ooznest and the OpenBuilds community.

This kit will ship direct from Ooznest in the U.K.

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This item is the aluminum plates for the Ooznest WorkBee, which you will need if you are building a custom machine or souring all the parts yourself. Please note these plates are already included in the Mechanical and Mechanical & Electrical WorkBee Kits.

ABOUT THE WORKBEE CNC MACHINE


The following describes the completed CNC machine.

The WorkBee is the latest CNC machine from Ooznest and is a culmination of all their experience, feedback, and suggestions from selling the OX CNC Machine over the past couple years. The WorkBee is capable of accurately cutting foams, woods, plastics or aluminum at depths greater than 25mm to 0.2mm accuracy or better. With a WorkBee CNC Kit you can manufacture functional engineering parts, toys, signs, or whatever you can imagine without leaving the workshop.

The WorkBee makes full use of the OpenBuilds V-Slot Extrusion system and are anodized in clear or black, your choice. On the X and Y axis C-Beam extrusions are used. Not only is using the C-Beam beneficial for strength, but it also allows the drive systems to be concealed from debris. On a screw driven WorkBee CNC Kit, the screws are inside the “C” channel, therefore shielded from the cutting area. With a belt setup, the Y axis belts are also inside the “C” channel shielded from debris, the X axis belt isn’t shielded, but as it is above the cut area this isn’t of concern.

The WorkBee CNC Machine uses a total of 48 x OpenBuilds Xtreme Solid V Wheels. The Xtreme wheels are manufactured from super hard polycarbonate, which reduces wheel compression, and keeps wear to a minimum. The plates are manufactured from 6mm aluminum and have a protective anodized coating in black. The plates have been designed completely from scratch and have been carefully thought about in terms of function, usability, and ease of assembly.

Multiple sizes of the WorkBee CNC Machine are available starting at 750x750mm. With a 750mm X axis two spoiler board support extrusions are included. Sizes with an 1000mm X axis include three spoiler board support extrusions. Sizes with an 1500mm X axis include four spoiler board supports.


Dual Drive System

The WorkBee CNC Machine has been designed from the ground up to incorporate a lead screw design, a feature many people wished to see incorporated in the OX CNC Machine design.

One issue with switching to a screw driven system is that it would be limited in size to 1000x1000mm. This size limitation was not acceptable, so Ooznest has dual designed the WorkBee so it can be screw or belt driven. If the WorkBee CNC Kit is belt driven it can be made larger than 1000x1000mm. The WorkBee CNC Machine can be converted between the two, as the overall design is exactly the same for both.


WorkBee CNC Drive System Comparison

The WorkBee CNC also has two different spoiler board configurations, a high position and a low position. The high position offers up to 27mm deep cuts, and the low setup offers up to 47mm deep cuts. If the plan is to only cut thin materials, this option is beneficial, as one can use the high spoiler board position and retain a very rigid Z axis.


Made In Britain

Ooznest and the WorkBee CNC Kit are a proudly made in Britain. The WorkBee CNC Machine is designed and assembled in their UK Offices. Currently all the extrusions, wires, and plastic parts are manufactured in Britain, and they are continually looking to get more individual parts manufactured there as well.



ABOUT THE PLATES


The plate designs are original to Ooznest. Ooznest has added special touches to the plates to increase the performance and design of the machine. All the plates supplied in this kit are manufactured from 6082 aluminum. The plates are then shot blast and anodized in matte black to give a very clean finish.

6082 CNC Machined Aluminum Plates.

This kit includes all the plates and mounts needed to build the Ooznest WorkBee.

Ooznest has made a name for themselves by creating excellent assembly manuals for the WorkBee CNC Machine. The WorkBee CNC Machine comes with two printed booklets that cover the mechanical assembly and electrical assembly. Each has Ikea’eske assembly diagrams in addition to instructional writing. Using their manuals makes the assembly a breeze.

There are no docs specific to the aluminum plates, please check out the full manual set to learn more.

The latest digital set of WorkBee Manuals