What is it? LumenFix FF500 is a great solution for a Proxxon FF 500 milling/drilling machine. However, based on its size, it can be used for other professional machines as well. Offset milling and ...Read More…
LumenFix FF500 is a great solution for a Proxxon FF 500 milling/drilling machine. However, based on its size, it can be used for other professional machines as well. Offset milling and drilling is a common problem. This is because of a lack of a proper illuminated work area. As a side-effect, you're likely spilling less material.
The use of a desktop lamp or TL-tubes sideways might work. However, you still miss the exact spot to drill or mill. Such types of light will still create shadows. The use of an omnidirectional light source will solve this. Get a crystal clear view of your work area. Next, the LumenFix FF500 is also ultra-thin and easy to attach.
LumenFix FF500 is the expected add-on for the LumenFix product-range. I produced it because several hobbyists mentioned poorly illuminated work-areas around their machines. Initially, it was created for a Proxxon FF 500 machine but also peeked the curiosity from professionals and hobbyists searching for a solution for their more professional / larger scale machines. This means the LumenFix FF500 can also be used for other brands of machines.
The LumenFix FF500 has similar parameters as other LumenFix products:
In general, a well-illuminated work area is literally a dark spot in the world of drill/mill machines. It's surprising why it's overlooked by so many manufacturers. For hobbyists, accuracy up to 1/100th of an inch is often required. For professionals, accuracy is even more of importance. But what does it mean, if you don't get a clear and safe sight in your work area? This LumenFix FF500 will exactly solve this problem for you. The module is ultra thin and will not even have any effects for mounting or (re)placing drills and mills. Next, it's battery operated and won't influence the workspace, concerning X, Y and Z-axis or location for your machine. The module is easily attached to a machine and mounted around the drill-chuck. No more damaged light bulbs, just rock solid LEDs with low power consumption.
Once you got it installed, you'll wonder how you ever could work without it.
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