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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…

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…


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)…

Introducing Our New DIY CNC Cookbook

Jul 19, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  5 Comments

We write a lot of articles here at CNCCookbook, but they generally fall into two categories.  Short and pithy articles that are all over the CNC map in terms of subject matter go in our blog, like this article.  In-depth articles that focus on details and are centered on just a few themes go into…

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…

Cleaner 3D Prints Via Solvent Vapors and DLP Projectors

Jun 27, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, DIY CNC  //  2 Comments

One of the issues with filament extruder based 3D printers is the quality of the surface they produce.  These printers are an amazing deal in terms of price, but sometimes the parts they produce can seem a bit crude with the filament layers being very visible.  There are at least a couple of ways to…

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…

More on Using CNC’s as General-Purpose Motion Platforms

Jun 4, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  4 Comments

Our recent article on using CNC’s as general-purpose motion platforms has gotten a response from Tormach’s blog with even more great examples.  They go into some detail about how a Tormach Mill was used to help wind a special component for NASA’s Piper mission:

Creating these intricate arrays of tiny wire filaments was obviously a…

Low End CNC Machines as Motion Control Platforms in Manufacturing Cells

May 30, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  3 Comments

I recently had lunch with Andy Grevstad of Tormach, who was in the Bay Area for the Maker Faire.  If you’ve ever talked to him, you’ll know Andy is a heck of a nice guy with boundless enthusiasm and knowledge of all things CNC.  We got off onto an odd side track when talking about…



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