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10 Cool Design Projects From Kickstarter

Mar 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment

The exciting thing about CNC is you can make almost anything you can imagine.  For some, even more exciting is the prospect of owning their own business manufacturing products they have designed.  In the Internet Age that’s a lot more possible than you might think given the leg up in marketing services like Kickstarter can…

Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill Part 5: Acceleration and Cutting Forces

Feb 27, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  10 Comments

This is the fifth installment of our Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill series.  The series is dedicated to helping DIY CNC’ers work through the design considerations and tradeoffs for their CNC Mill projects.  Here are the installments so far:
Part 1:  Donor Mill
Part 2:  CNC Mechanicals (Ballscrews and Such)
Part 3:  Close Loop vs…

Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill Part 4: Motion Performance

Feb 6, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  9 Comments

This is the fourth installment of our Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill series.  The series is dedicated to helping DIY CNC’ers work through the design considerations and tradeoffs for their CNC Mill projects.  Here are the installments so far:
Part 1:  Donor Mill
Part 2:  CNC Mechanicals (Ballscrews and Such)
Part 3:  Close Loop vs…

CNC Project Ideas: Reskin Something

Feb 5, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  3 Comments

I hear you’re a machinist, you’ve got access to CNC machines, and you’re dying to do a cool project that your friends will love.  Youo just need the right idea.  How about this:
–  Take an existing product.
–  Discard, some all, or none of it.
–  Create a new skin for it that radically…

Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill: Part 3 – Closed Loop vs Open Loop

Jan 27, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  7 Comments

Here is Part 3 of our Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill design series.  Part 1 was about selecting the Donor Mill.  Part 2 was  concerned with selecting your CNC mechanical components, specifically the leadscrews, ballnuts, motor mounts, and drive system.  We will look into the ever popular Closed Loop vs Open Loop (steppers versus servos)…

Von Dutch’s Toolbox

Jan 24, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

I saw this one over on Garage Journal, which is a very cool web site if you like garage and home shop organizational articles.  Here is Von Dutch’s tool box:

I love it just for the hand lettering (if you didn’t know, Von Dutch was an amazing pin striper of hot rods, among many other…

A 3D Printer for Mad Max, Martian Astronauts, and Burning Men

Jan 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  3 Comments

This was just too cool to pass up.  Suppose you are in a post apocalyptic dessert world or perhaps an astronaut on Mars.  You’d like to do some 3D printing, but there’s no source of filament.  Just dessert and sunlight as far as the eye can see.  Well, if you had this 3D printer, you…

A Nicely Engineered Double Ballnut Mount to Reduce Backlash

Jan 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  7 Comments

This photo series and CNCZone thread link show how Ray Livingston engineered a double ballnut system to reduce backlash:

The components. The bracket that keeps the ballnuts from rotating relative to one another replaces the old clamp for the ball return circuits…

A roll pin acts as a sliding guide between the two ballnuts…

Here…

Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill: Part 1 – The Donor Mill

Jan 8, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  6 Comments

If you could build the ultimate benchtop CNC mini  mill for your home workshop, what would it look like?
We’ll take a look at that in this multi-part series which is aimed at helping the DIY CNC crowd get a handle on some of the up-front design considerations they should be thinking about for their…

Details: Essential for Successful CNC Design

Jan 7, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  2 Comments

CNC has the potential to make any imagined design real, and perhaps successful as a product.  There is an element of art if the design is inspired enough.  Perhaps you’re thinking of designing the ultimate CNC product of some kind.  Maybe it’s purely for your personal enjoyment, or maybe you have in mind something that…

Game of Drones: A CNC Project Waiting to Happen

Dec 9, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

Hobby drones have come a long ways.  The ubiquitious quad copters are available in all price ranges and it’s becoming almost routine to see video shot from them.  What’s not so routine are combat drones.  We do see robot wars of various kinds, but these are aerial robots, and they’re not autonomous.  Rather, they have…

Machinist’s Hammer Part 2: G-Coding Worksheet + Drawing

Dec 8, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, GCode  //  No Comments
Machinist's Hammer Dimensions

Time to get on with the Machinist’s Hammer project.  I am writing the g-code for this project by hand, without use of CAM software.  It’s a simple enough project that it’s pretty easy to do.  Plus, there are a variety of labor saving helps available so that it is much faster and easier putting pencil…

Neat Desktop CNC Wire Bender

Nov 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  6 Comments

Long time readers will know I have something of a fetish for odd CNC machines.  I spied this cool little CNC Wire Bender on the Tormach Blog and couldn’t resist passing it along:

Here’s the full on demo…
The guts of the machine look something like this:

Gears, steppers, and timing belts, oh my!
Pensa…

G-Code Robotics and Face Milling a Titanium Caribiner

Nov 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  10 Comments

These two para-biners have a finish called “Gonzodizing”…
Once upon a time, Caribiners were exotic mountain climbing equipment.  Eventually, someone started using them to clip keychains to their belts and the like, and they became a fashion statement.  Once things are fashion statements and cool, there’s no telling where they go from there.  In this…

Scary Robot Videos for Halloween

Oct 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

I was trying to think of a couple of good Halloween posts for CNC Cookbook and decided to do one fun one (3D Printing Jack O Lanters) and one a little more scary.  People have typically painted robots as scary machines bent on killing human kind.  So far, nobody has built such things yet, but…

 

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