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02-06-2017 07:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router

Have any of you bought a maslow CNC? Or has anyone built their own CNC machine? I’ve seen videos on building your own but I wanna know if there’s and hands on experience in the group so I know the efficacy of self built and what my best options are. I don’t have the money for high ticket items.

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#1 posted 02-06-2017 08:51 PM

I have one (Fineline Automation), although it’s currently off-line. Ger is a pretty experienced guy and he is here. Have seen others say they have built one.

I looked at the Maslow. It seems pretty cool. but highly doubt it works well enough for fine furniture. I’d stick to the tried and true gantry mechanisms until there are a few dozen or maybe a hundred satisfied Maslow customers.

Getting a CNC machine to run is one thing. Getting parts all the way through is another. Lots of steps, lots of software, and lots of new skills to learn. It can be done!

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#2 posted 02-06-2017 09:29 PM


I have one (Fineline Automation), although it s currently off-line. Ger is a pretty experienced guy and he is here. Have seen others say they have built one.

I looked at the Maslow. It seems pretty cool. but highly doubt it works well enough for fine furniture. I d stick to the tried and true gantry mechanisms until there are a few dozen or maybe a hundred satisfied Maslow customers.

Getting a CNC machine to run is one thing. Getting parts all the way through is another. Lots of steps, lots of software, and lots of new skills to learn. It can be done!

- brtech

I have some cnc software and plans to build one that I got from people that like to share things but I’m looking for people to chime in with their experiences on self built. I have quite a few servos and I can get all other materials needed to manufacture my own. If it’s mechanical in nature I have no problem building it and fine tuning it cause I have done it most of my life.

As far as X,Y,Z axis skills, I have experience in that as well. I don’t necessarily need it to be capable of .001 accuracy for fine furniture quite yet, Guess I’m just being lazy and want to automate quick pieces that don’t have to be all that accurate. I will most likely build the half accurate one and fine-tune/refit it over time due to necessity.

Basically what I’m asking is for Ger or anyone else to chime in and speak on their experiences, knowledge and advice.

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#3 posted 02-06-2017 09:42 PM

I converted a benchtop mill to CNC control. It’s not rocket science, but it can be a bit tricky. It really all depends on your gear head, electrical, and software talents.

cncrouterparts.com has kits, and even if you don’t use their kit, they sell stepper motors and controllers for pretty low prices.

Joe’s CNC has plans and a support forum.

I highly recommend the Gecko 540 all in one stepper drive controller / break out board. Makes the electrical part a breeze.

Depending on your dumpster diving opportunities, you should expect to spend at least $3K to make a 4×4 machine.

Good luck!

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#4 posted 02-06-2017 09:57 PM


I converted a benchtop mill to CNC control. It s not rocket science, but it can be a bit tricky. It really all depends on your gear head, electrical, and software talents.

cncrouterparts.com has kits, and even if you don t use their kit, they sell stepper motors and controllers for pretty low prices.

Joe s CNC has plans and a support forum.

I highly recommend the Gecko 540 all in one stepper drive controller / break out board. Makes the electrical part a breeze.

Depending on your dumpster diving opportunities, you should expect to spend at least $3K to make a 4×4 machine.

Good luck!

- Mainiac Matt

holy crap! $3k for parts? Might as well buy an already made one for $3k. I was thinking I’d build one that ran on 1/2” all tread and pipe maybe belt driven with servos. I can’t imagine that those materials and circuit boards would cost that much. I have servos BTW.

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#5 posted 02-06-2017 10:37 PM

Look at Dave Gatton CNC.

http://www.cncsidewinder.com/dave-gatton-cnc-kits.html

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#6 posted 02-06-2017 10:38 PM

People have done that, although they used steppers and not servos. It doesn’t work very well. Too much backlash and other issues.

Electrical is maybe $650-750 to $1000 or so. Four steppers, a Gecko 540, a power supply, computer and cables. Then you have software.

The mechanics really is a couple K$ to get the accuracy and repeatability needed. Lots of folks have tried to do it cheaper. You can, but the result is a toy and not a tool. You really need a ball screw for Z. For X and Y, you either need a ball screw or a rack and pinion, depending on the range you need. On the ball screws, you need a decent coupler. You need some heft in the carriages and the gantry, which typically means some form of 8020 extrusions or something like that.

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#7 posted 02-06-2017 10:38 PM

This is an interesting thread as I am planning to build a CNC in the not too distant future. I will be watching with interest in your progress on this!

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#8 posted 02-07-2017 01:45 AM

Thanks for the Gatton idea Todd, that’s a way better price. I prefer to manufacture the things I have the ability to because I don’t want to pay someone else to do something I can. I think most of us here are the same. I’m quite sure none of us are gonna go buy a wooden whatever that we can easily make.

I will most likely get a Maslow as well just to test out, redesign it to make precise with added capabilities, and have a spare setup.

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#9 posted 02-07-2017 03:47 AM

Those of you who are advising about building a traditional CNC router should take a minute to Google “Maslow CNC”. The machine these people are developing bears little resemblance to a traditional X,Y,Z gantry style machine.

According to their website, they just completed a Kickstarter investment campaign. As far as I know, there are very few working machines and those are pretty much prototypes. I would not put any money into it until they are being sold and a large number of people are reporting success. Remember – there are far more Kickstarter failures than successes.

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#10 posted 02-09-2017 05:11 AM


Those of you who are advising about building a traditional CNC router should take a minute to Google “Maslow CNC”. The machine these people are developing bears little resemblance to a traditional X,Y,Z gantry style machine.

According to their website, they just completed a Kickstarter investment campaign. As far as I know, there are very few working machines and those are pretty much prototypes. I would not put any money into it until they are being sold and a large number of people are reporting success. Remember – there are far more Kickstarter failures than successes.

- ArtMann

Wise words, thank you. I hadn’t thought about it that way. My guess is that I’ll just buy an affordable kit then modify it to perfection with more than normal capabilities. Actually what IS normal anyway.

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#11 posted 12-11-2017 11:48 PM

I purchased a Maslow, and the box arrived. However, I have not, yet, had an opportunity to start the build. I would be interested in hearing other purchaser’s experiences.

I also attended the Festool Connect, where I purchased a Shaper Origin (shapertools.com). While I was told that mine would be shipped in January 2018, the latest from Shaper Tools is that there has been a delay in getting them built and shipped. Again, if anyone has experience, please let me know.

Sandy

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