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CNC xPRO Driver

Oct 9, 2017
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Circuit - Software Project
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Spark Concepts CNC xPRO Driver. A new GRBL compatible, all-in-one stepper driver board with 4 motor controllers for XYZ + 1 clone (or rotary!). Capable of powering your next build with an ATX PSU (or 12V 2 wire supply), and ready for wireless printing. Compatible with Arduino (wireless robots anyone?)

BlackBox Motion Control System

Nov 1, 2019
Category
Circuit - Software Project
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The Openbuilds BlackBox is a new system evolved around a set of subsystems that cover more than just control and also more than just CNC type applications! With a plug-and-play easy connection system this controller can be used with ease, without sacrificing power.

DIY Embroidery Machine V2

Jun 11, 2019
Category
Everything Else
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My second attempt at an affordable sewing machine embroidery add on. This one uses readily available electronics modules and 3D printable parts where possible.

Acro Pick And Place Machine

May 13, 2018
Category
Everything Else
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This is a machine for placing SMT components on PCBs. It is based on Acro system, off the shelf parts, and a number of custom 3D printed elements.

DIY Slab Flattening Mill

Jul 8, 2020
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Everything Else
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V-SLOT profiles and OpenBuilds accessories give us many possibilities. We decided to build a manual ROUTER SLED using only components of the OpenBuilds system. The design is simple to build, construction takes little time, and the frame is easy to transport.

T Nut Holder for V Slot

Jun 27, 2020
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Everything Else
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This is a T Nut Holder for OpenBuilds V Slot System. Useful when you want to keep t nuts in place, for example when you're mounting something vertically.

A custom arcade

Jun 19, 2020
Category
Furniture Builds
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This is an arcade "cabinet" of sorts built almost entirely from OpenBuilds extrusions. Save for a few 3d printed parts, the electrical components, the acrylic panels, and the monitor mount, every component was purchased from the OpenBuilds part store.

Adjustable Router Guide Template

Feb 9, 2017
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Everything Else
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This project is an adjustable router guide template made with 20x60 V-slot. It was meant as a less expensive and more user friendly alternative to commercially available units.

Angle grinder converted into electric drill

Jan 13, 2020
Category
Furniture Builds
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How to convert an angle grinder into an electric drill? Remove the angle grinder, leaving only one main motor, and then find a suitable intermediate roller with a point drill to assemble it.

Peristaltic pumps, Automatic Cocktail mixer

Apr 3, 2019
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Everything Else
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This is an automatic cocktail mixer made with 8 small peristaltic pumps. this is driven with the touch screen or over wifi. the controller used is a raspberry pi with a Apache webserver

Microwave Filter Tuner

Apr 8, 2020
Category
Everything Else
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The Microwave Filter Tuner (MFT) combined with the University of Regina’s tuning algorithm automatically tunes microwave filters by using a custom CNC machine with a computer vision system for identifying, mapping, and tuning each filter element, providing improved consistency, flexibility, and accuracy compared to traditional methods. The MFT is low cost and is capable of tuning multiple filter configurations with minimal preparation.

Software speed control of a brushless dc (Bldc) motor from Mach3.

Sep 2, 2014
Category
Circuit - Software Project
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Although this build is typically Mach3 related there is no reason it cannot be adapted for use with any machine control software which provides a PWM spindle control output. As an addition, an option has now been added which will enable the interface to manually control outrunner speed without the need for a PWM signal.

Model train lift - scale HO

Mar 12, 2020
Category
OTHER BUILDS/PROJECTS
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This build is about a model train lift in a secure and dust free storage. It is a roll on/roll off concept for a model train layout.

Cricut Expressions 2 to ESP32 GRBL Control

Nov 18, 2018
Category
Everything Else
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A log of my "brain surgery" on a Cricut Expressions 2 to change the control board to something open so that I could cut what I wanted. The ESP32 GRBL board I used has bluetooth and WIFI built-in and was very easy to get working just the way I wanted.

MakerSL MSL-65 Manual Coffee Grinder Stand

Jan 5, 2020
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Everything Else
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I know this build is a little off category here at OB, but I wanted to share it with the community (as well as other coffee lovers) and show however vast the possibilities are when OB hardware is involved. This is a powered stand intended to operate a manual coffee grinder. It is compact, light, portable and uses simple drive components (B&D Cordless Screwdriver). I will post two version, V-1 (Beginner skill level ) and V-2 (Intermediate skill level). Both accomplish the same results.

Sim Racing rig

Oct 23, 2019
Category
Everything Else
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Made with OpenBuilds 2020 and 2060 material/brackets/hardware. Simlabs wheel deck. Fanatec DD wheel base/wheel/pedals NRG seat Sim racing studio wind simulators Few 3D printed brackets/caps/cable holds

Pick and place

Aug 4, 2018
Category
Everything Else
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Openbuilds Pick and Place using ideas from OpenPNP Frame work is from the Openbuilds Part store using 1000mm C beams and vslot 40x40 for support Surface is 3/4 " Particle board

Modified LEAD machine

Sep 27, 2019
Category
OTHER BUILDS/PROJECTS
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At the moment this build is in progress, I will be updating the files as I finish the remainder of the machine. This machine is intended to be a multipurpose CNC, but a bit bigger than a desktop unit. The machine is scalable in the X and Y axis.

The FEEDBACK FRACTAL Build

Sep 20, 2019
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Everything Else
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The Feedback Fractal Project (Project) - building "A Monument For Our Time." As its intent is to build a monumental sculpture, the Project will produce an object d'art. Yet, once begun, the Project has evolved a life and character of its own. I continue to follow the thread woven by the materials, the processes, and the people that come to it and in the end the work will not only be a faithful rendition of an image and a concept, it will also be a tapestry of the story of its making.

SMD Pick and place machine - Smoothieboard/OpenPnp

Apr 8, 2019
Category
Circuit - Software Project
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A dual head PNP machine that uses Openbuilds hardware, a Smoothieboard controller, dual camera vision, automatic/drag feeders, and OpenPnp.

Clear Acrylic Dust Shoe

Mar 17, 2019
Category
Everything Else
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Attaches router with screw clamping. Clear Skirt is 2" long or can be made longer if requested. Works well keeping dust within the chamber. It can be made to fit shapeoko, ox cnc, workbee, xcarve, 6040, laguna,piranha, millright etc. with similar setup including Bosh, Makita , dewalt 611 routers or spindles.

CNC Coating Machine

Dec 1, 2018
Category
Everything Else
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The purpose of this machine is to mix two parts of conformal coating with different viscosity in exactly 1:1 ratio and distribute the fluid on to PCB to seal and make it waterproof.

Goliath - CNC + 3D printer Hybrid

Dec 9, 2018
Category
Everything Else
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Mostly for Mill work, and FDM 3D printing (mostly Nylonx). I'm currently in the process of adding some hardware for a project requiring lathe work. I've included a solidworks 2014 pack and go for those of you interested in the build. if you need another file type, just let me know and i can try to accommodate. This is a scratch build (electronics and hardware)... see photos. Everything is pretty close to industrial quality... Electronics too. I got sick of other COTS designs breaking down

CNC ESS Controls System

Jan 22, 2019
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Everything Else
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My Controls box to run my Workbee 1510 That was retrofitted with Lead Screws as well as Lineal Bearings. The stock electrical configuration was not enough, so here are the Measures that I took to not only make this machine Run again, but to have fun with it, and make this system be able to run any CNC I run in the future with the installed microcontroller.

CNC Control Box with VFD etc etc

Jan 6, 2019
Category
Everything Else
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I'm currently working on the CNC control box, before doing any future work on the CNC Mountain Machine. I want the controller to be future proof and as professional as I can manage. I am planning to use stepper drivers, PSU's, a motor contactor unit to turn everything on, as well as a VFD and proximity limits switches. Each video will document the process and steps involved in researching, designing, planning and assembling a controller. I am not a natural electrician so learning as I go.

The Floating Dust Shoe

Feb 15, 2018
Category
Everything Else
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I wanted a dust shoe that have a easy access to tool change and something that kind of float on the surface. And I have seen shoes with long brush that sucked in by the vacuum. I think I have the solution too all that here.

Gluing frame for guitar tops and backs

Dec 25, 2018
Category
OTHER BUILDS/PROJECTS
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I have built four of these frames. The first pictured I have been using for maybe a year or two and bought the clamps. The last three I have made I have built my own clamps with openbuild parts. I am still working on the design. At present I use wedges to apply pressure to the side of the wood and block. I am working on a cam system to apply pressure. I just bought 8mm screws with Knobs for quicker adjustment. I will update the build when I make these improvements.

Ball Trajectory Machine

Nov 23, 2018
Category
Everything Else
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Need to build a machine that accurately positions objects for processing by a computer vision algorithm? Here is an example of a machine that does that for a ball trajectory application. The black anodized V-rails work well for applications in optics and imaging where the machine needs to stay out of the limelight.

Hydraulic lifting table

Nov 30, 2017
Category
Everything Else
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I started this project without drawing. in itself this went fine with some minor adjustments. My profession is machine builder that might make it a little easier. I still enjoy it every day.

Stinger-Panting Images in the Air

Sep 20, 2018
Category
Circuit - Software Project
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Stinger displays images in the air by using a single column of LEDs. Special computer code converts graphics to pixels; then, the pixels are send to the strings of LEDs, which with the help of of the motor's fast movement the most colorful are displayed on thin air.

V-Slot™ Belt & Pinion Example Build

Jun 22, 2018
Category
Everything Else

The OpenBuilds team has redefined the belt and pinion concept. By using standard OpenBuild components were able to improve on this system in ways that will save on cost and enhance its engineering capabilities.

Embroidery machine with XY belt and pinion drive.

Apr 22, 2014
Category
Everything Else
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A simple Embroidery machine using an XY belt and pinion drive to drive a hoop under a standard sewing machine. Needle timing, machine power and stepper control are all provided by a PIC processor. A tablet provides the higher level formatting required for communicating with the PIC chip.

Lab Power Supply + Soldering Station

Mar 14, 2018
Category
Everything Else
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A small 32 V, 96 W lab power supply with voltage/current/power limit, program memory and an outlet to power the popular TS-100 soldering iron

Quack Ball

Mar 5, 2018
Category
Camera Sliders - Rigs
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Quack Ball is a game in which the objective is to knock down moving ducks. The ducks are protected by a barricade that moves at a very fast speed. The game can be played individually or by two or more players. Each round consists of a total of ten targets to shoot and each player will have four balls to shoot. Prior to beginning play, a player selects how many ducks, maximum four, the player will knock down continuously. If player fails games is over for that player.

32 Button Hand Pendant for the PlanetCNC Control Board

Feb 24, 2018
Category
Circuit - Software Project
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This project is for building a remote hand pendant for the Planet-CNC control board but could be adapted for many other projects. The pendant allows for machine control without being at the computer keyboard and the button functions on the pendant are defined by the user.

Nightfuel

Feb 4, 2018
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Everything Else
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The user will input a selection from a variety of pre-established drinks. The user will not need a glass, since it will be provided in the automation process. This completely eliminates the need for a bartender if an RFID purchase system is implemented.

Router Box

Dec 21, 2017
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OTHER BUILDS/PROJECTS
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This box is made from tough aluminum with plastic boards, helps hold WiFi Routers, Modems, or/ Ethernet Switches! The aluminum can resist the heat produced by these electronics, and the weight of the electronics, also being light itself. This box is the thing you need to hold your electronic devices!

Hot Wire 4 Axis CNC Foam cutter

Nov 14, 2017
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OTHER BUILDS/PROJECTS
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This build uses drawer slides and thread rod to create foam wings and fuselages by passing a hot wire through the foam which makes very accurate shapes. I built a Radio Controlled SuperVC10 using foam but did have a cnc machine then so I had to make many templates to guide the hot wire. This inspired me to build a cnc hot wire cutter. Works really well and have made several RC models with it now

Screen Mesh Stretching

Nov 10, 2017
Category
Everything Else
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The intention of this project is so that the mesh is on the well stretched frame, and thus there is a better production of frames.

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