Frequently Asked Qustions
These are questions that I have received via email and on forums:
Q: What is a CNC?
A: CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control, but that's confusing. Really
a CNC is a way for a computer to control motion. The motion can be in various configurations,
but focusing on this type of CNC build, it's the control of three axes that ultimately
moves a tool to cut or shape things. It's like a powerful but cheap robot router
that does what the computer tells it.
Q: Do you have any plans of the build?
A: The short answer, no. The video is based on building a CNC machine that
can take on a variable set of characteristics. It is up to you to determine the
sizes of the components. The build is so easy that you won't need plans. Say you
want a larger cutting surface. If the steps are viewed in sequence, you would understand
how to make the proper measurements to achieve a particular table size. There really
are no bounds to the shape and size of your machine, but remenber that the bigger
you go, the more reinforcement you will need.
Q: What are your apprentices names?
A: My daughter's name is Caterina and my son's name is Nicholas, but I call
him Nicco for short.
Q: Are you liable for my damages?
A: Definitely not! I am providing this as information only to educate the
public on techniques on understanding mechanical systems. If you want to use this
site, the terms are that I'm not liable for anything that happens to anybody, with
the exception of my own family unit. I will, however, keep my word on sales and
deliveries, and I will gladly support any transactions and products through the
stuff that I have for sale.
Q: Why does your wife bust your nuts?
A: She has her job to do as well. But remember, she let me use half of the
bedroom to do this crazy hobby... and the bathroom.
Machine Kits and Plans
Motion Electronics: Motors, Drivers, Power and More
Bearings for Lead Screws and Linear Motion
Couplings to connect motor shafts to lead screws