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Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill: Part 2 – CNC Mechanicals

Jan 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, DIY CNC  //  8 Comments

Here is Part 2 of our Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill design series.  Part 1 was about selecting the Donor Mill.  Part 2 will be concerned with selecting your CNC mechanical components, specifically the leadscrews, ballnuts, motor mounts, and drive system.  We will look into motors, motor sizing, drives, and the ever popular steppers versus…

20 Most Popular CNCCookbook Articles and Pages of the Last 6 Months

Every so often I like to tally up our most popular articles so the newcomers don’t miss them.  Here it is, the Magnum Opus, get ready to feast:
1.  CNCCookbook G-Code Course
Our free g-code course is perennially popular and has become a go-to resource for the community.  If you don’t know the g-code yet,…

Get Kids Into Manufacturing With Guitar Building Camp

Aug 8, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Manufacturing  //  2 Comments

I love this idea.  As a musician (keyboard player) all all-around music lover, I understand the power of music.  There’s not much that’s more powerful when it comes to influencing positive change because it reaches out and grabs you at an intuitive level.
In Indiana, the Wells County Economic Development started a summer camp program…

Need a Toolchanger-Ready Spindle for Your Next CNC Project?

Jun 29, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Products  //  18 Comments
ISO 15 Spindle Cartridge

If you need a toolchanger-ready spindle for your next CNC project, check out Dale Walsh’s Kickstarter project:

They’ve got some great specs:

15K RPM (40K RPM with ceramic bearings).
Air or liquid cooling as required (easy to implement with the cartridge).
coolant through spindle.
air blowout.
small footprint.
BT15 or ISO15

The reason I feel…

Video: CNC Router as Pick and Place Machine

Jun 10, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  3 Comments

I wanted to call out Lindsay Wilson’s neat video of his CNC Router acting as a pick and place machine in its own post:

He mentioned it in a comment on our 2nd article on using CNC Machines as general purpose motion platforms.  Pick and place is commonly used to position components on circuit boards…

What If Dyson Made CNC Routers Instead of Vacuum Cleaners?

May 14, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool  //  10 Comments

Here’s a cool CNC Router made by Michael Warren who is the James Dyson Fellow at the Royal College of Art’s InnovationRCA.  It’s a portable CNC Router and his web site is Grow CNC.
Check out the video (can’t go wrong with Johnny Cash on the soundtrack):
[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/44251003[/vimeo]…

CNC 4th Axis Basics: Routers and Woodworking

Apr 30, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Techniques  //  5 Comments

This is the 4th part of our 4th Axis Basic Series and it covers the use of a 4th axis for a CNC Router and when woodworking.
For the most part, the principals of 4th Axis use with a CNC Router on wood are much the same as the more metal-focused articles that have come…

Hexapod Robotic CNC Router Walks to the Site of the Work to Be Done

Apr 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  8 Comments

This is a cool little Hexapod robot I came across:

The resolution on the 3D face looks pretty darned good.  I’m imagining combining this sort of technology with sensors that let it precisely locate itself via some optics.  You’d have a ‘bot that you could turn loose to carve large areas with 3D relief carvings,…

Introducing Our New CNC Router Blog Category

Apr 14, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router  //  2 Comments

Blog Categories are like channels that bring together articles with related topics.  You can find our list of Blog Categories along the left column.  We’ve got a bunch of them to help you zero in on the kind of articles you’re looking for, and we just introduced our newest one:  CNC Routers.  Go there to…

You Can’t Find Optimal Feeds and Speeds in Charts, Handbooks, or the Seat of Your Pants

Apr 3, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  No Comments
buttoncutters

I see a lot of interesting discussions about feeds and speeds out on the Internet.  There are people that think you can get good feeds and speeds just by reading manufacturer’s charts, by ear, from their CAM program, and through a whole host of other shortcuts.  Some say they’ve had enough experience as machinists that…

What Now: My CNC Won’t Go Slow Enough or Fast Enough?

Mar 15, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

It takes a complex bunch of math to properly calculate Feeds and Speeds under all conditions and to get anywhere close to good answers.  There is a whole lot more to it than the basic equations everyone learns that claim to relate surface speed, chipload, rpms, feedrates and the like.  Unfortunately, those equations work reasonably…

Build a Mechanical Iris

Mar 12, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool  //  No Comments

G-Wizard customer Lepton Heavy Industries has a neat blog post out about building a mechanical iris.  I don’t know why, but these darned things have always fascinated me.
This particular project uses a laser cutter to make the iris out of Baltic Birch, and it is based on a ShopBot CNC Router article by Chris…

Making Tool Trays From Cutting Board

Jan 20, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router  //  No Comments

I love working with the plastic used for cutting boards–typically HDPE or High Density Poly Ethylene.  For cutting boards you usually see it in that milky white color.  I buy a few any time I see them on sale just to use as raw material for other projects.  Here’s some photos showing their use for…

Donek Drag Knife Adds Versatility to CNC Routers and CNC Mills

Dec 27, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments

Came across this unique drag knife from Donek Tools and thought it was very slick:

The video demo shows some pretty amazingly sharp cuts being made at high speeds because the knife orients itself.  It takes ordinary utility knife blades and comes in 2 sizes.

Donek founder Sean Martin invented the Donek Drag Knife to…

Why Use a Single Flute End Mill?

Dec 23, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  4 Comments
when to use a single flute end mill

There are a lot of strange beasts out there in the cutting tool world, and a lot of physics that are not obvious.  For example, many machinists will know that more flutes means more productivity, but that certain materials, like aluminum, require fewer flutes–usually two or three.  If that’s the case, when would it ever…

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