CNC Machine Hardware and Plans
These are my hand picked components and hardware for the perfect leap into this CNC process. You will also get the cut sheets and plans for cutting the necessary MDF pieces for a CNC design that can be made with conventional power and/or hand tools. Includes all of the hardware necessary to build the CNC router: Linear bearing angles (bored and tapped), cross dowels, couplings (1/4" to 1/2" on all three axes), bearings for the linear rails and lead screws (24 - 5/16" and 6 - 1/2") , and the nuts and bolts at various sizes. The lead screws and rails are not included. Now, go out and buy that $9.00 MDF and get started. This package is available now and shipping!
The size of this machine if built according to the measurements in the plans, will travel 40" in the x direction, 20" in the y direction and 5" in the z direction. Other table sizes are possible by altering the measurements in the plans and providing the necessary reinforcements. mechanical components include couplers.
This kit also contains many enhancements from that of the tutorial. The y-axis is appropriately reinforced to minimize any deflection. The x-axis is also well reinforced. Each piece of the kit is precisely cut. The Combo comes with all of the hardware needed for assembly, couplers, bearings and the plans for the MDF pieces. The ready made MDF pieces shown in this image is for illustrations purposes only.
Parts that you will need are the MDF sheets, aluminum or steel angles, lead screws, electronics for interfacing to the computer and software which can be gotten for free in many cases.
Parts that are included in the Hardware kit:
These items are offered to minimize the effort to purchase all of the hard to find components and the many types of fasteners.
Plans and Assembly DVD
#8 or #10 Screws 2" in length- 12 1/4" diameter - Pan Head Bolts:
1" - 12 1 1/2" - 6 2" - 20 3" - 8 1/4" Diameter - Angled Head 1" - 16
1/4" Diameter Nuts:
1" - 101 1/2" - 62" - 28 5/16" - Diameter
3/4" - 24
#8 or #10 - 36 1/4" - 30 5/16" - 24 1/2" - 15 (13 TPI Allthread Compatible, not ACME Precision) Cross dowels - 52 Mechanical: Items not Included:
Other items that you will need to completely construct this CNC machine and make it work:
Computer of your choice that contains a parallel port Router of your choice Sheets of MDF for the structural parts Aluminum Angles for rails (.75"x.75"x.125"). Lead screws (1/2" allthread, or other of your choice). suggested lengths below:
X-Axis: ~52 InchesY-Axis: ~32 InchesZ-Axis: ~14 Inches Electronics
Jack Rehak's Inspiring Build
Meet Mr. Rehak, an 80 year old (2012) bright CNC Machine enthusiast. Jack built his blackFoot CNC machine in short time considering his available resources. Jack's modifications to his blackFoot are quite inspirational and worth a look. Moreover, Jack has set-up a very inventive workspace and resources to handle the various tasks such as loading sheets, hose/cable management and means of control.
Step 36 - Software Toolchain Part 3 - The toolchain concept
At this point, you should have the control software that is described in Software Part 1
and Software Part 2
. Software part 1 shows the process to install Mach3
and Software Part 2 shows the process to install a Linux control software application called EMC2
. If you're still unsure what I'm talking about, then here is my detailed explanation of the entire workflow. Later posts will go into greater detail and tutorial on each program.
A DIY CNC Machine in Pipe
I have been doing a lot of tinkering lately (yup, that's why!). I cannot get the mechanical aspect of CNCs out of my system, so until then, enjoy the crazy concoctions.