This is my latest project. I'm building a new CNC router to be bigger in cutting envelope (1500mm x 3000mm / approx 5 by 10 ft) and stronger using a mixture of 20-series extrusions from OpenBuilds (frame) and some 40-series extrusions from 80/20 (gantry).
You can see a lot more of this machine along with photos and commentary in the project log located on my Google Photo Album page: https://goo.gl/photos/Co81AvGwVijE2zow9. The project log goes into a lot more depth regarding the various aspects of the build, issues encountered in building it and whatever else is going through my mind at the time.
UPDATE 2017-11-07 - Added last essential fabricated piece and mounted router spindle. Now the focus is turning to getting everything wired up and rebuilding the control electronics enclosure. The machine is not quite finished yet but is getting very close now. I'm at around the 90-95% point with the wiring and rebuilding the control electronics as the major outstanding items to complete. Come check out the build log for more commentary and photos: https://goo.gl/photos/Co81AvGwVijE2zow9.
QUESTION FOR ANYBODY - SOLICITING OPINIONS -- I am mulling over the pros and cons of building a lightweight control box for mounting the control electronics to the back of the gantry beam. Versus going the more traditional route and mounting everything to the underside of the frame. The power supply, which is heavier, will be mounted to the frame in either instance. The advantage that I see is shortened and simplified wiring as everything can be connected to the gantry requiring then only require power and an ethernet cable from the computer to complete the wiring. Is there any downside to this that I'm overlooking?
UPDATE 2017-10-22 - REACHED A MAJOR MILESTONE!!! I am able to see light at the end of the tunnel. All of the major framework is complete, the gantry is built, and the motors are attached. For the first time since I started, it feels like this thing might actually work!! Feel free to follow along here: https://goo.gl/photos/Co81AvGwVijE2zow9
UPDATE 2017-09-12 - Constructed gantry, added X-axis rails, project moving along. See more at updated project log here: https://goo.gl/photos/Co81AvGwVijE2zow9
Build #2 - Bigger & Stronger
This is my latest project. I'm building a new CNC router to be bigger in cutting envelope (1500mm x 3000mm / approx 5 by 10 ft).
- Build License:
- CC - Attribution NonCommercial - CC BY NC
Reason for this BuildI needed a CNC router which can cut larger sheet goods as well as one which is stronger and stiffer that can better cut metal (aluminum, etc)
Inspired byObviously the OX, and countless other CNC projects on the web. I also built my own version of the OX which you can see in many of the photos, as well as the build log which is also on this site.