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    My New CNC machine

    Some months ago I asked a question of this group on CNC machines and specifically the Inventables unit that has hit the market. I got some insightful responses,( as I expected), most of which drove me away from that machine toward something bigger. The problem with that is price, and most machines (well, actually all of them) that are of any size are priced over my budget.

    SoÖ in my searching I found a plan to make a CNC machine, a nice sized one for a small shop. The plans come from Kronos Robotics, and are laid out very nicely. There are actually two versions of the machine that one could make, one is a lead screw style, the other is a rack and pinion driven machine. I chose the lead screw version as it was more in my budget to build than the other. This machine most closely is like a shop-bot that I saw somewhere so far as size goes. The actual table size is 40" wide and 48" deep with about 8" between the table and router bit tip.

    After about two months of building, and a month of playing and learning the software, Iíve managed to make a few things with it, and it works really nicely. Iím using V-Carve desktop for CAD software, (easy to learn) and Mach 3 for my CAM software, (also very easy to learn). My total cost is about $2800 which includes everything from the building materials to the software and electronics to run it.










    Now that Iím into the CNC world a little bit, I hope to put this machine to some good use and make some profitable items with it. And I can see now that the suggestion to go bigger than the Inventables machine was great advice!!
    Today a pile of wood, tomorrow a pile of sawdust......

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    Re: My New CNC machine

    Congratulations, Phil, on the great build and update to your shop! Looking forward to see some of your projects that you make with this.
    I like making things. I have a wood shop at home. I am a terrible carpenter but I love doing it. Raymond - Charlotte, NC

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    Re: My New CNC machine

    Phil, that's an incredible setup, can't wait to see some of the projects.
    Measure twice... cut once... SCREAM LOUDLY... get another board

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    Re: My New CNC machine

    Daaaaaaaaaaaang, that's awesome! Gotta love that you built it yourself. Let's see some of the things you've been practicing with!

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    Re: My New CNC machine

    Well thats real nice, but where does the pizza come out?

    Phil seriously that is real nice and you have to have felt a great sense of accomplishment.
    I have always respected people that built stuff from the ground up.
    They know their machines strong points and weaknesses and are able to repair them quickly.
    In some cases they know the machine better than the designer.

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    Re: My New CNC machine

    Congratulations on CNC machine...gotta love 'em.
    Be sure to show off some of your stuff...great job on the build.

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    Re: My New CNC machine

    nice job and great price point! Now get to carving and show us what that machine can do.

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