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Old 10-10-2018, 09:23 PM
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I’m considering getting a 5x8 panther. I’m just curious as to why they redesigned it with a steel gantry. And I can’t find if the 3.5hp router is what it come standard with.
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:45 PM
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Dennis...
I cant speak for CAMaster, but I would imagine that going to steel is part of the ongoing continuous product improvement that must happen in the CNC world if a company wishes to stay with or ahead of the competition. The results will be better cut quality due to higher mass. Lower material costs should help offset higher machining costs.

Hopefully you are not looking to actually put a router on a servo machine with machined steel gantry parts. That's like putting a 4 cylinder Pinto motor in a BMW, makes no sense at all. Hopefully they (CAMaster) have the wisdom to not even offer that option.
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:51 PM
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Probably because steel is considerably stronger than aluminum.
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Old 10-10-2018, 10:21 PM
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I never thought about the mass. Definitely will not be going with a router. Iím thinking the 3kw spindle. I really like the looks of the redesign also.
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:55 AM
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My impression comes from my factory tour a few months ago. At that point, they had already embraced steel for the Cobra level of machines and had been able to setup a Cobra to cut steel in-house for the gantries. Camaster prefers to manufacture as much of the components in-house that they can as a business practice, and they were already doing that with the aluminum. Updating the Panther makes logical sense given they sell it as a production machine, just at a level below the new Cobra Elite series...so it starts to overlap with where the original Cobra fit. Aluminum is no slouch when it comes to strength, etc., when designed correctly, which they do. But steel brings a little more omph and it also helps quell the competitive bullet points that read, "our gantries are steel, not that pesky aluminum stuff". So some is functional and some in marketing. Regardless, the Panther is "very worthy". :)
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Old 10-11-2018, 11:17 AM
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Talking to them a few months ago, they advised that they were changing to steel and coming standard with a spindle to be more in line with the Cobra. I have been trying to find out if the spindle is included myself. They donít mention anything about it other than what it is upgradable to.
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:33 PM
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It makes sense to go the Aluminum route to keep the interia down from the weight so you do not have to worry about re gen as much and you can use a smaller servo. They both have their pros and cons but I prefer the steel. The only thing they have changed that I wish I was able to get was the helical cut gear rack but missed it by a few months....oh well next machine haha.
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:58 PM
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Talking to them a few months ago, they advised that they were changing to steel and coming standard with a spindle to be more in line with the Cobra. I have been trying to find out if the spindle is included myself. They donít mention anything about it other than what it is upgradable to.
The spindle is still an upgrade option. The 5hp ATC spindle with 6 tool rotary changer is $11995 I believe. That's the most expensive spindle option for the Panther.
I ordered one of the "newly redesigned" Panthers at the IWF in August. Can't wait to report back on how it drives.
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Talking to them a few months ago, they advised that they were changing to steel and coming standard with a spindle to be more in line with the Cobra. I have been trying to find out if the spindle is included myself. They don’t mention anything about it other than what it is upgradable to.
With the new Panther, you get to pick the spindle that best fits your needs. We have five different spindles from which to pick from including an automatic tool changer. The older model came with the 3.5 HP router standard but we do not offer that configuration on the new model.
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What is the tipping point between Aluminum and Steel?

1/2" bits at 1600ipm?
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