I started this build knowing nothing about CNC or OpenBuilds. I had previously built a Rigidbot 3D printer and now wanted to complement it with a subtractive manufacturing machine.
After a lot of research I settled on building an Ox CNC 1000 mm x 750 mm machine using the SWM3D kit. I already had my own Smoothieboard that I would use for the controller but realized I had to add external motor drivers due to the 2A limitation of the Smoothieboard output; it wouldn't be enough to power the stepper motors.
This build is using a 400W spindle (also part of the kit).
I wanted to keep the OX separate from the electronics (as opposed to mounting on the gantry) so I 3D printed some cable chains for both the X and Y axes and ran all wires down the side and out the back of the OX. I also put in wire connectors in at each end of the cable chains to aid in troubleshooting, routing, and future expansion. Basically, I wanted this to be somewhat modular.
For the build area, Mark Carew's raised build area on the OX page looked like a simple, practical implementation. I am at that point in the build as I decided to write this.
Due to anticipated noise and mess, I am going to build a Vslot enclosure with removable acrylic walls and top. Let's see how it goes.
OX CNC Build
OX CNC built using the kit from SMW3D with a Smoothieboard 5 and external motor drivers.
- Build License:
- CC - Creative Commons Public Domain (CCO 1+)
Reason for this BuildI wanted to be able to machine custom parts for robotic builds and carve reliefs on wood.
Inspired byOX CNC