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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Few items printed on the M3D printer

Printed these designs out on the Micro M3D printer

Sunday, July 19, 2015

3D printing adventures

I will now be adding anything and everything I do with 3D Printers to the blog. They are controlled using CNC so they fit perfectly with the subject.....I have both printers shown below.

Printer M3D

The Prusa i3 printer - I now have steal from I purchased for it that I got off eBay because the acrylic frame broke when moving it.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Uprading my #CNC machine

My first CNC machine made from 8020 aluminum was screw driven and had a 2 foot by 3 foot cutting area.

I am now upgrading a machine that is rack and pinion drive and has a 2 foot by 3 foot cutting area.

Will post updates and pics as I make progress on this build.

All of my plans and most of my parts come from Fine Line Automation

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Updating the site

Hi -

It has been a while since I have posted here. I will be posting here more than I have.

Thank you all for your support.

Monday, December 10, 2012

001 Guitar Design (update 1)

Here are some computer renderings of one of the next guitars I am CNC'ing.
Will post updates soon.

002 Guitar Design (update 1)

Here are some computer renderings of one of the next guitars I am CNC'ing.
Will post updates soon.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Small Table Top CNC (update 2)

I will be using 8mm rails and bearings for this build. Each 8mm rail is
approximately 19.5" long for the X and Y axis. That does not give me 19.5"
of travel. Once I add mounts and everything, it will be much less.

TB6560_4Axis_Driver and smooth stepper

I own a TB6560_4Axis_Driver and a smooth stepper controller. Attached is a
picture showing the two working together. While I build the small table top
CNC machine, I am using a radio shack 12v power supply suring my testing of
the build because it was on hand and easy to use.


Small Table Top CNC (update 1)

It's been a while since I have posted to this blog. I am working to get all
of my blogs updated with more recent posting activities.

I am now starting a table top CNC machine. Currently I am thinking of using
3 motors like the attached pictures.
Shinano Ke STP-42D201-37 Stepper Motor 1.8/step 1.55ohm

I might change what motors that will be used for this project. Currently
just trying to keep things small and I already have these motors and
wouldn't need to buy new ones. We will see as the project continues.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

More to do on the Mando-Caster

Still have more work to do on this one but it is getting closer.

Update on the Mando-Caster

Here are some pictures showing what I have cut on the CNC machine.

The Mando-Caster is coming along.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mando-Caster Center Cavity

Here are a few pics of the center cavity of the Mando-Caster cavity.

Mando-Caster (2)

Since the Mando-Caster is a chambered hollowed body, this is a rendering in Vectric Aspire on what the cuts of the center look like.

CNC'ing a Mando-Caster

Decided to design a guitar sized Mandolin that uses Telecaster neck and electronics. This is on the machine being cut out now in black walnut.

Friday, March 2, 2012

CNC'ing a VW car logo

Have a VW logo being cut on my machine at the moment. I reduced the velocity
to slow down my rapids and now I think I am no longer losing steps. Will cut
this VW logo and couple of other items as a test.....
Attached is a computer rendering of what the finished product should look

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Dust collector unit for my CNC machine

I will be building a full enclose for the machine to help reduce the amount
of saw dust across the shed. Mean time this is a picture showing how I setup
my 2 stage dust collection unit.

The big stuff drops into the Home Depot bucket and then the small particles
make it into the dust collector bag.

Gecko G540

We use a Gecko G540 4 axis CNC controller to control the 8020 fractional
aluminum 2 ft x 3 ft CNC machine.

Relocation of my CNC machine

We relocated the machine to a better location than before. I am happy to
repot that it's up and running again. :)

Stay tuned because we will be posting lots of new updates on what we do with
the machine.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

CNC machine made from 8020 aluminum

We have relocated the machine from the house to a storage unit to give me
more work space.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Scroll Saw CNC Bit

Many people have asked what brand and size bit am I using CNC'ing the scroll saw patterns on the machine. Here is a link to the exact bit I am using:


Friday, December 9, 2011

Build Your Own CNC Machine

I read the book "Build Your Own CNC Machine" at least a dozen times before building my first CNC machine.

When I first got into CNC machining their weren't to many off the shelf units that the average home DIY machinist could afford. Now days there are more and more coming on the market and making it more affordable for everyone else.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011