|Project by Rick||posted 04-28-2010 03:07 PM||8508 views||59 times favorited||39 comments|
The Machine body is made out of 3/4” cabinet grade ply. The track for the x,y & z axis are aluminum angles. Each gantry rides on these angles with some high quality V-bearings. The little black boxes are stepper motors which drive each axis. The belts translate the power from the motor to each gantry. The long x axis motor is located underneath the bed of the machine. The z-axis moves on a precision threaded rod.
The whole kit was easier to put together than I thought. I thought that assembling the electrical components was going to be the hardest part but it was actually the easiest and fastest part. Instructional videos are supplied on the kit’s web site.
You can mount the electrical components any way you want to. I chose to simply mount mine to a scrap piece of 3/4 ply I had. I mounted some of the components off the surface to ensure that they keep cool. I keep the machine in my basement woodshop and the computer and electrical components in the room next to it. I drilled a hole through the wall and used extension cables for the monitor, keyboard and mouse. I’ll have to put something around that hole to keep the dust in my shop though.
I decided to put this under projects because it was more of a fun project to build than it was a product.
I put the machine together, assembled all of the electrical components, built a table for the machine, a small shelf for the monitor, a folding table for the keyboard and mouse, built dust collection ducts, etc.
But yes, I did buy the cnc machine and electrical components in a kit. You can choose to use whatever router you want also. I wanted to use a variable speed bosch palm router I already had but I could have used my 2.5 hp bosch router also. Still could if I wanted to.
I ordered the smallest cnc kit (12” x 24” bed) mostly because I had very little room in my shop left. I’m still amazed that I was able to make room for it.
I don’t have anything made yet. Just got everything fully assembled last night, 4-27-10.
You can see more of my pictures here: http://picasaweb.google.com/rickafriesen/CNCBuild?authkey=Gv1sRgCOXehOzvjc35Bg&feat=directlink
If anyone is interested in the kits or even want to build your own from scratch and need help, check out;
UPDATE: sort of. 4-29-10 I’m working in Mastercam on finalizing some tool paths for my first test of the machine. I’d be ashamed if I didn’t have a video to upload by monday. As long as I don’t somehow program it to cut itself in half.
UPDATE: 5-4-10 Well the cooling fan on my power supply wouldn’t run. So I’m getting that fixed but that also means I couldn’t run the cnc.