Monthly Archives: June 2013

Cnc Update

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Ready for electronics and adjustment!

The CNC router is ready for hook-up, testing and adjustment.

All of the electronics have been set up and tested independently, so it’s mostly a matter of extending and hooking up the wiring to the motors. The electronics are bare boards, so they will need to be installed into something protective.

I cobbled together an older desktop PC and installed an Ubuntu distribution fromĀ http://www.linuxcnc.org/. It comes as a live CD which allows you to try out the OS to make sure everything works. It comes with a real-time kernel and all the tweaks you need for motion control. EMC2 is pre-installed and provides a free CAM toolchain as well.

Hopefully, the next post will be video!

Bike Trip June 15th

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Fallen tree on the path!

Went out on the towpath with the family vintage 3-speed collection.

Traveled south near Navarre to within a few miles of the southern terminus. It’s a lovely low-traffic area that feels like an old carriage path – highly recommended!

Cnc Update

I’ve been working furiously on my CNC router. Here are photos of the progress! Hoping to finish in the next week or so.

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Frame pieces are cut out

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X and Y axis complete. Starting on the Z axis

CNC Update

Copyright David Steele

Copyright David Steele

I’ve been working on the Y-axis on my big CNC router (2′x4′ table), but have calculated that it will probably take until late fall at the earliest to complete the machine. I want to be using a CNC router this summer, not building one, so my plans have changed. With the plans I purchased, I got a set of free plans for a simpler, smaller unit. I estimate that I can get this done in a couple of weeks at most. I can also use this unit to manufacture pieces for the bigger unit.

So that’s the new plan. I purchased all my materials and the total for the build will be around $110. I’ll use the electronics and motors that I purchased for the larger unit for now and move it over once the big unit is ready.

I estimate that I can do 75% of the CNC projects that I want to do on this smaller unit. That’s good enough for now. It’ll also give me experience without risking expensive parts on a more manageable machine.

Plans are from here. I’m quite happy with the quality. I’ve already cut the lumber and started layout. More updates with photos soon.

Tonight’s sleeping accommodations

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In preparation for bike camping, the back yard is a good testing ground… Along with earplugs and Tylenol pm for adults.

Grey Kitty gazing wistfully at the front porch bird houses.

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