Homemade CNC

CNC Drawing Machine

Hello all and welcome to my first tutorial! Today I am showing you how to design a drawing CNC using as primary Hardware components a Digilent Arty board, DC Motors and RC Servos. Important Note: Because I am currently working on this project I will show you how to build the CNC and how to […]

DIY CNC Router

This instructable will show you how to construct a CNC Router that will allow you to cut 3-D shapes out of wood, plastic and aluminum using a standard hand held router.  Recently I have noticed that more and more projects on instructables have involved the use of some sort of CNC machine, be it a laser cutter, […]

Build a CNC Router is Back!

Our Build a CNC Router course is coming up again in April, and I’m really excited about it. I love building, programming and using CNC routers, but seeing the photos from students in this class is even more fun. So many people have built their own machines over the past year, and they’ve shared photos […]

CNC ROUTER INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION – WHITE PAPERS Shopping for or building a CNC router is no easy task. To ease this process, I wanted to put together some basic information on the topic. Regardless of what company or machine you go with, please consider reading the following. These sections were written to provide a better understanding of […]

CAM SOFTWARE SUGGESTION

May I suggest that if you are operating a panel router, don’t every buy something called bla-bla-CAM MILL. To explain, let me define the difference between a MILL and a ROUTER: A MILL usually takes a block of material and mills it into some three dimensional single piece, like a mounting bracket, a cylinder head, […]

SPEED, RESOLUTION, and ACCURACY

This is the Salesman’s real ammunition. Please be aware… it’s not as important they would want you to think. What is really important is the speed and accuracy you actually need. ‘Speed and Feed’, ever heard of those before? Imagine you are whittling a stick with a pocket knife. The thickness that you cut down […]

CNC BASICS

A CNC is simply a machine which controlled by a computer to perform a repetitive or accurate task otherwise not possible or cost effective by hand. The basics are true for all machines, whether it’s a robotic arm painting cars on an assembly line or a flatbed router cutting plywood: a series of commands are […]

THE CONSTRUCTION OF A CNC PANEL ROUTER

If you are at this point, you probably already understand the basics of a CNC System. Just to make sure, here are the primary parts of a CNC system (flat bed panel cutting type): The Support Table The Gantry The Cutting Tool The Control Motors The Motor Driver, Indexer, and Controller The Safety Equipment The […]

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