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Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill Part 6: Motor Selection Wrap-Up

Apr 16, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

This is the sixth 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…

New 3D Printer Kit Coming to CNCCookbook Soon

Apr 2, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  5 Comments

We’ll have a new 3D Printer project underway here at CNCCookbook soon.  I just ordered the SeeMeCNC Rostock MAX v2 3D Printer Kit.  The Rostock is a “Delta” style printer, which has always intrigued me.  The kit purports to include everything you need except for a few tools and supposedly can be assembled in about…

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…

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)…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

New 3D Printer Test Kit: Find Your 3D Printer’s Limits

Sep 2, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

Objective performance evaluations: they’re hard to come by.  Back in the day, marketers encouraged us to buy Stereo Hi Fi gear based on measured quantities like “Total Harmonic Distortion.”  The car crowd was supposed to look at 0 to 60 times or “lateral skidpad acceleration.”  The thing is, you’d go listen to stereos based on…

Molding Robot Parts from 2-Part Polyurethane Plastic

Aug 5, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  3 Comments

It’s always fun to see what Kenneth Maxon is up to lately on his robot projects.  He has a well equipped CNC workshop and does intricate work that is beautifully detailed.   Here’s a photo essay of his latest project he sent along so everyone could see:

Here’s a view of the mold which is in…

Great CNC Gunsmithing Thread on Brian’s Forums

Jul 26, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  2 Comments
CNC Sieg X2

Just came across a neat thread on CNC Gunsmithing in my travels.  It’s on something called “Brian’s Forums”.  This thread is about a fellow that did a DIY CNC Conversion on a small mill and all the different projects he’s been undertaking with it.  Photo highlights below, but check out the thread for more details.…

Daydreaming About DIY CNC Mill Castings

Jul 23, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, DIY CNC  //  33 Comments

I was talking with someone the other day who wanted to have a blue sky conversation about what a set of DIY CNC Mill Castings might look like.  The idea was, if you could build a set of castings for the hobby and light industrial market, what features would make those castings ideal?  This was…

Laser Sintering: A New High Resolution 3D Printing Process Coming As Soon As Patents Expire

Jul 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments
laser sintered part

Laser Sintering, or Selecting Laser Sintering as it is more properly known, is a process available today on expensive industrial 3D printers.  But, it has not been available to low cost 3D printers chiefly because the technology is locked up by various patents.  We saw the same sort of thing with FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)…

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