I found the OpenBuilds website about 6-8 months ago. I was fascinated and studied almost every build on the site. I already had a small kit CNC that I purchased from MyDIYCNC.com. It was enough to get me interested in CNC machines, but it was really a disappointment as far as a machine.
I decided to design my machine with Mark Carew’s OX in mind. I purchased my ¼” aluminum gantry plates, router mount with dust shoe, and several other plates from Chris Laidlaw. He does exceptional work! I wanted to “upgrade” and strengthen the machine since I was going to have an overall footprint of approximately 36” x 36” resulting from X and Y rails of 750 mm. All rails will be black anodized aluminum with milled and polished aluminum plates and brackets.
I designed my own 100mm x 100mm five hole x five hole triangular corner plates. These were manufactured by Chris Laidlaw as well. I decided to lengthen the Z axis rail to 300mm. I want to have enough flexibility to have several table and hold-down options.While the majority of the table will use T-track and standard hold-downs around the perimeter with inset threaded inserts throughout the table, I want one section of the table to be removable to reveal a recessed mounting option for larger (or thicker) stock. Who knows…. There might even be a vacuum table in the future.
I purchased a CNC X-Pro controller board from Spark Concepts. I also purchased a Shuttle Xpress from Contour Designs. I saw this featured on the Cebu machine. A new Dewalt DWP 611 router will do the cuttting.
I placed my order for the materials and waited anxiously for the shipment to arrive. When the order arrived, I couldn’t have been happier! Everything was expertly and professionally packed so there was no damage at all. Needless to say, the build began that afternoon.
I just placed a supplemental order with OpenBuilds for the remainder of the materials for the build. In addition, cable carriers, DB9 cables and a cross-hatch laser were ordered to enhance the machine.
Here are the initial build photos. Many more to come.
Custom OX Build
Build in 'Cartesian Style CNC' published by BismarckDon, Apr 27, 2015.
Inspired by the original OX by Mark Carew, this is my Custom OX. Many small changes, additions, and upgrades. Build is in progress and this post will be updated regularly with photos. Enjoy!
- Build License:
- CC - Attribution NonCommercial - CC BY NC
Inspired byOriginal OX, Cebu, many others