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Scratch Build – In Progress My Homebuilt CNC Machine

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by phooddaniel, 2 Sep 2007.

  1. phooddaniel

    phooddaniel What's a Dremel?

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    I've been working on a CNC machine from scratch which I've been keeping a complete video log of the whole build. It's my third month on the machine and I have about 31 videos so far from the complete structure to the the electronics. I have just finished the power supply, driver and hooked up the motors and I tested the machine with perfect results. If you're interested in building one to help out your mods, this may be the ticket. If you're wondering what a CNC machine is, it's a computer controlled cutter (router, dremel, extruder, etc.) that run on 3 axes. Here is the link: www.BuildYourCNC.com

    I would love to hear some constructive criticism on the build, in this thread. :dremel:
     
  2. NZ_mod_man

    NZ_mod_man What's a Dremel?

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    This look awsome. How much would it cost to build some thing like this.

    PS. Please state your currency so I get a better idea.
     
  3. phooddaniel

    phooddaniel What's a Dremel?

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    The currency is in US Dollars. I'm working on a cost list and you should be able to view it on the home page.
     
  4. elbarto241

    elbarto241 What's a Dremel?

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    can you give us an estimate on when you will be done with the electronics cost list?
     
  5. ComputerKing

    ComputerKing <img src="http://forums.bit-tech.net/images/smilie

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    WOW nice idea! Can't wait to see it done. Good luck brother, But Please more information :D come on.
     
  6. phooddaniel

    phooddaniel What's a Dremel?

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    ComputerKing: Thanks... It's getting there. However, there is a ton of information still yet to be posted.

    Elbarto: The electronics cost list should be done tomorrow by the end of the day. Keep posted. I'm also hoping to add some alternatives for a super cheap build. You may see that the entire build can be less than $250.00 (it is possible, but not for cutting any material.).

    My next videos show how to mount the router, or whatever your tool choice is (laser, extruder, heat gun, dremel, plasma cutter (well, maybe not), etc.)

    Thanks all for the positive replys.
     
  7. bubsterboo

    bubsterboo What's a Dremel?

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    That would be pretty cool if you could sell the entire kit. All the parts + instructions. I would be very interested in that.
     
  8. jegerjon

    jegerjon What's a Dremel?

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    wow awesome :jawdrop:

    That's some advanced work going on there.
     
  9. ulysses Cazuquel

    ulysses Cazuquel Sex, Casemod & Rock'N Roll!!!

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  10. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    Always love to see people building these kind of things as Im currently working on a routertable for my drillpress, and it has some similaritys.
    Nice webpage too. However I dont think this thread fits in the project logs section as there is no images or log posted yet.
    But a very interesting video log. I'll give it a complete whatch when I got time because im shure its worth it.

    /GNU
     
  11. C-Sniper

    C-Sniper Stop Trolling this space Ądmins!

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    cool project.... the video log is nice for those people who cant understand what to do with photos.
     
  12. n00btard

    n00btard Go away

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    router = I'm assuming wood only, and not for working with metal? (Sorry, haven't really gotten the time to just sit down and look through the site)
     
  13. phooddaniel

    phooddaniel What's a Dremel?

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    Thaks to all. I found this forum site by accident and I really like it. If there is a more appropriate thread location, I am open to suggestions.

    With the correct feedrate and router speed, you can route most non-ferrous metals (coolant helps, or that compressed air in a can). Aluminum will gum up if it over heats.

    I am looking in to making a kit. What's better... I might actually teach the usage by showing how to route out offsprings from the first. That will be in the software, programming and design tutorials portion of the project. Anyone that produces this CNC has the ability to create kits. Who knows what the future holds.
     
  14. x06jsp

    x06jsp da ginger monkey!!!!

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    it looks good keep us posted!
     
  15. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    looking good, keep it up
     
  16. phooddaniel

    phooddaniel What's a Dremel?

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    Touching base: I am almost finished with the structure and the electronics. I am now showing the router mount assembly and then it's off to the software and some test cuts. Disregard the kids in the background. :) http://www.buildyourcnc.com
     
  17. Guerrilla

    Guerrilla What's a Dremel?

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    I'm not sure about this specific build, but the sweet things about these home builds is you can put pretty much any router/bit combination you want, so if you want to do metal, you could. You'd have to compensate for material feed rate, as well as being careful not to overheat the material or bit. Its not even necessary to use a router, i've seen a few of these homebuilds that use plasma torches to cut steel.

    The site and concept of a video diary is fantastic, i really appreciate all the information you put up there! I've been messing around with the plans for my own CNC so to see the success of someone else is quite encouraging:clap:
     
  18. Flibblebot

    Flibblebot Smile with me

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    Now all we need is someone to do it in metric so I can build one without having to get my calculator out!
     
  19. ghank

    ghank What's a Dremel?

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    Very nice, I'm definitely keeping my eye on this.
     
  20. skeletor

    skeletor modder in the making.

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    Now this has so many possibilities. I can definately see trying to make this in my future.
     

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