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CNC Machine Builds / Re: My "New" CNC Machine
« on: August 13, 2013, 10:54:58 AM »
Nice! Looks really solid! Glad to see we are all still in this ;)

Misc CNC Stuff / Re: 5 axis cnc
« on: August 22, 2012, 08:12:01 AM »
Hey guys! Sorry to resurect this old thread but I'm trying to go around and fix bad links - I lost the website with the dash in it - so just posting up a valid link to the project above :)


CNC Machine Builds / Re: My New 3D Printer
« on: November 05, 2011, 05:43:57 AM »
You can get a pound of plastic for like $18 and that would last for many many prints I think (I haven't really printed that much yet) but I'm still working off the samples they gave me :)

I looked at putting an extrude on the CNC machine but you still need a way to control the hot end that melts the plastic and extruder that feeds it, and there are some solutions out there but I first wanted to go with something tried and true before reinventing the wheel :) for ABS plstic (the better to print with) you also need a hot plate to print ON - so to make a hot plate big enough for the CNC machine would be crazy :)

CNC Machine Builds / My New 3D Printer
« on: November 03, 2011, 06:01:06 AM »
hey guys! It's been a while - sorry :)

Just wanted to post up a link to my latest project - I built a Reprap 3D Printer :)

Backyard Workshop

Still working out the kinks but it's printing :)

CNC Tips / CNC for Dummies
« on: July 05, 2010, 07:54:57 AM »
Hey guys! I'm working on a new article trying to explain the various stuff to do with a CNC machine - basically a CNC for dummies... anyway I'd like to get y'alls opinion on it and any ideas that you might have that would it better :)

I still need to add more pictures and I'm going to make a few animations and probably a few videos as well, but wanted to get ideas on the general concept first :)

check it out when you get a chance and thanks!


When I was buying my Parallax micro controller I saw that they have a DIY solar panel kit

Also the Harbor Freight 45 watt solar kit is on sale this weekend for $159!

I think I'm going to get one :)

Misc CNC Stuff / Re: worm gear
« on: June 08, 2010, 05:21:18 AM »
That's pretty cool - thanks for sharing! I'm going to have to try my hand at making some worm gears one of these days!

Think Tank / Re: Manual Router table on the CNC
« on: May 29, 2010, 04:40:06 AM »
New CNC huh? a new post coming soon I hope :)

Think Tank / Manual Router table on the CNC
« on: May 26, 2010, 07:09:23 AM »
Well it's not so crazy and works pretty good - just thought I'd share while I was here LOL

How's everybody doing?

Misc CNC Stuff / Re: G-code
« on: October 30, 2009, 06:10:42 PM »
Interesting - I've never even seen this thread!

must be a glitch in the matrix hehe - but yes I was replying to the 5 axis thread :)

Misc CNC Stuff / Re: G-code
« on: October 28, 2009, 10:35:52 AM »
Sorry for the late reply :)

I just finished my 4th Axis for my homemade CNC and made one part so far! :)

here's a couple links

Misc CNC Stuff / Re: Machining metal
« on: October 28, 2009, 10:30:06 AM »
I've done aluminum on my homemade machine - without coolant even! just have to take it nice and easy...

I posted up a few pictures and a video here -

(actually reading this post reminded me to post up the pics and video) thanks


CNC Questions and Answers / Re: Getting into CNC - wondering about Sketchup
« on: September 23, 2009, 04:05:32 AM »
Hey Preston!

Gabriel has a tutorial for getting Sketchup files to STL files which can then be opened in a CAM program for generating the toolpaths (I used Artcam and was successful)

Good luck with the machine and keep us posted! :)


CNC Tips / Re: Thingiverse
« on: September 14, 2009, 04:20:48 AM »
Hey Travis - Very cool site! I hadn't seen that one yet.

CNC Machine Builds / Re: My desktop CNC Build (many pictures)
« on: September 02, 2009, 04:24:14 AM »
Hey that's pretty cool - I haven't seen anyone trying to use air tools before either :) good try

I was throwing around the idea of using a die grinder as a spindle for this sewing machine motor I have - but haven't got around to playing with it yet... My router's slowest speed is like 8000 rpm and that's too fast for milling metal I think

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