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    Cncing a mini mill.

    Always been wanting to learn cnc.
    I order the mill and components to build one. I have been working on this for almost month and half.

    I order the mini mill from
    http://littlemachineshop.com/product...ory=1387807683



    Motors and drive from
    http://www.automationtechnologiesinc...81ozin-48v7-3a



    Ballscrews and mounts from http://www.cncfusion.com/minimill1.html


    I also order some other odd and ends from other places mainly consumables.

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    Re: Cncing a mini mill.





    Took the image from Google.
    Used Inkscape to create a .dxf file
    loaded it in CamBam to generate the g code.
    Open gcode in Mach 3 to create the carve.


    Only 2 days to figure out how to do a simple 4x4, 2 min carve.

    But learned lot doing it.

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    Re: Cncing a mini mill.

    got it down to about 30 mins to make one from getting image from google to having it cut out.


    short video of it running,
    took image from google
    converted into .dxf file,
    used Cambam to produce gcode
    mach 3 to run.

    Last edited by jaustin; 12-29-2013 at 12:36 PM.

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    Re: Cncing a mini mill.

    John, The link is broken!

    I'm really looking forward to seeing this work.
    Thanks,
    Michael

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    Re: Cncing a mini mill.

    Quote Originally Posted by vtxmanmike View Post
    John, The link is broken!

    I'm really looking forward to seeing this work.
    Thanks,
    Michael

    Michael
    It should work now.

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    Re: Cncing a mini mill.

    I love it! In fact, I can't wait for vtxmanmike to get one, since he's close by!

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    Re: Cncing a mini mill.

    Mike,
    I'm not planning on building one at this time. I work with controls everyday and they intrigue me. I'd love to have one, but don't have the justification at this time. If you'd like to acquire the components for me, I'd gladly assemble and get it working!

    Michael

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    Re: Cncing a mini mill.

    No, I can't justify it either. While I'm bad about buying expensive tools for one-time use, I can resist this one for a while. One thing I'd like to have is a small, overhead router, but this setup would be so much better. Back in the old days, I wrote programs for PLC controllers for plastic injection molding machines. It is definitely intriguing.

    Let me know when you get yours!

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    Re: Cncing a mini mill.

    Mike, that's one of the many tasks I do on a daily basis. I write PLC code for GE and Siemens PLCs.

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    Re: Cncing a mini mill.

    It was great fun when the code worked. I do hate ladder diagrams, though.

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    Re: Cncing a mini mill.

    Very cool. Have a mini-mill for years. This is a great conversion. You also need to add a belt drive to get rid of the break prone gears. Best upgrade I did to mine.
    Credidi me felem vidisse!

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    Re: Cncing a mini mill.

    LMS mill comes with a belt instead of gears.
    I asked when I purchased it, that is one of the reason i pick this mill.

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    Re: Cncing a mini mill.

    Roy Underhill should do a show on this.

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    Re: Cncing a mini mill.

    Quote Originally Posted by tarheelz View Post
    Roy Underhill should do a show on this.
    Turning beautiful wood into scraps...one board at a time.

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    Re: Cncing a mini mill.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimwill48 View Post
    Credidi me felem vidisse!
    Seriously? (I had to look it up!)
    Measure twice, cut once, curse three times repeat!

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