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Research and Development

We have many ideas and project that we are constantly devleoping, but we don't have a good understanding of the interest from our devoted users and customers. We constantly get requests to develop new machines and offer specific products. This is where you can guide us! Vote on the project, development idea, or product that you would like to see on this website and the projects will be sorted by the votes. You can also submit your own ideas.

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Top Research and Development Projects Sorted by the Number of Votes

5 Axis CNC Machine adapted to greenBull (Head/Spindle rotate and swivel)

Description: Adapting Greenbull the 5th axis can allow greatly expand the possibilities of mechining, improve the finished product and optimize cutting tools use to perform any geometry with the minimum number of tools. For me, and I guess for many others, it is priority and necessary. That has my vote.

Progress: Not Started.

5 Axis CNC Machine adapted to greenBull (Head/Spindle rotate and swivel)

Description: This is a head unit that would revolve around two separate axes. This is a configuration where the head of the CNC machine is revolving around two separate axes, rather than the work-piece is being revolved by two axes.

Progress: Not Started.

3D SLA Printing (Photosensitive Resin) - Top Down DLP

Description: A machine that produces 3D plastic object using the SLA Stereolithography process. The top down refers to the orientation of the UV light source and the direction it is pointing. The top down is the traditional method, but using a DLP projector to harden the photosensitive resin, layer by layer.

Progress: Near completion. The dedicated controller is being tested.

Preview of the 3D SLA Printer

3D Scanning

Description: Research into the various methods on the market and develop the most viable version.

Progress: Not Started.

wooden cnc wood lathe cheap and powerful!

Description: I like the way of your machine are built, i research on the internet and i have idea, build a cnc wood lathe similar to the Blackfoot (99% of plywood) I found inspiration in 2 video grinder cnc lathe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQrXb7AZzaU 100% wooden lathe copier https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQkv7ik1lb4 we can see a wood lathe made of 100% wood work great and the idea of ??grinder are very powerful! I think this idea is not difficult to build for Patrick. a lot of people would like to have this machine.

Progress: Not Started.

4th Axis 2' x 4' size machine (work-piece rotates)

Description: The addition of a head stock and tail stock for the blackToe CNC machine. The head stock (indexed by motion control) and tail stock will enable the work-piece to rotate so the cutting tool can carve the work-piece at all angles with respect to the 4th axis.

Progress: Initiated development.

Headless Interface for the CNC Machine

Description: A standalone controller that doesn't require a computer to control the CNC machine.

Progress: In schematic design phase.

Vacuum table

Description: I purchased a Green Bull gantry from you a couple of years ago. I put it on my own self built torsion table that is 12 feet long. I also created a vacuum hold down using a couple of Sears shop vacs. It works very well. I cut a lot of dados in plywood some of it is only 1/4 inch so I have to have it held down very flat and it does it quite well. I have been using it for about a year now with great success. Jerry Something you might think about. Also have a great way to handle all the cables if you are interested.

Progress: Not Started.

80 Watt Laser Cutter and Engraver with 4' x 8' working space

Description: Design a large format 80 watt laser cutter and engraver with the cutting size of 4 feet x 8 feet. The laser will be housed on the gantry, similar to the existing blackTooth machine. This will provide for consistent lasing power and make the alignment of the mirrors as simple as can be.

Progress: Not Started.

40 Watt Laser Tube mount for the greenbull CNC Machine

Description: Design a z-axis assembly that can carry a 40 Watt laser tube vertically along with the laser tube power supply and the focusing lens. Keep the z-axis ability to move up and down so focusing can be accomplished automatically, and unfocused beam can also be used for bending plastic.

Progress: Not Started.

Develop an interface board to wire/control the Spindle/VFD with Mach3

Description: This will be a good product, as many users are preferring the spindle/VFD option. And would love to see a video/instructions for that as well.

Progress: Not Started.

New CNC machine with 4th Axis on side of machine.

Description: This CNC machine would contain a 4th axis on the side of the machine where the gantry would cantilever to one side to access the 4th axis. The non-cantilevering portion of the machine would be configured as a typical 3 axis vertical mill. This setup would allow for unique clamping configurations for applications that would enable longer parts to be carved.

Progress: Not Started.

New high current stepping motor driver

Description: Develop a driver that can handle larger motors and provide currents in excess of 6 amps per phase.

Progress: Finished schematic and board layout. Received prototype PCB to testing.

New FDM Style Wall Mounted 3D Printer with a Large Print Area.

Description: This is an FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D Printer that has a table that serves as the Z-axis and mounts to the wall to allow for a reduction of space. This project has been in the works for a while. The project will get more focus if I see any interest.

Progress: Conceptual Design completed. A prototype will be fabricated and tested.

conceptual drawing of the new wall mounted FDM 3d printer

New CNC Machine with Aluminum Structure

Description: A machine that uses aluminum instead of MDO for structure.

Progress: Not Started.

Laser SLS - 3D Printing

Description: Develop a machine that forms 3D objects using the SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) process. This process uses plastic powder and a laser to melt/fuse the plastic powder layer by layer.

Progress: Not Started.

Mini Injection Molding Machine

Description: A smaller prototype of an injection molding machine.

Progress: Not Started.

Probe (Product Offering)

Description: Develop, or source probes for use with the CNC machine as a method to form a 3D object from a physical object.

Progress: Not Started.

Touch off plate/box

Description: This would be a very simple attachment mod to offer customers. An automated touch off plate that will reset the Z axis zero position. A simple box that can be positioned on the piece, the tool is lowered slowly onto the box, when the tool touches the box it sets the zero position. This would greatly assist setup time when using multiple shaped tools and could even be easily automated. Simply change the tool, click setup and away it goes. Legacy CNC use this system.

Progress: Not Started.

Tutorial on adding Laser

Description: A tutorial on how to add a laser system to any gentry CNC router system, using Laser parts from BuildYourCNC. Tutorial to focus on connections of all parts, except of mounting laser to CNC machine since each CNC machine will be different.

Progress: Not Started.

12ft X 15ft work area

Description: I work with carpet & padding and need to cut carpet to create clean 90 degree corners, and patterns for inlay's. The work area would need to be a minimum of 12 ft by 15 ft. Is there an affordable kit that could accommodate this size

Progress: Not Started.

12ft X 15ft work area

Description: I work with carpet & padding and need to cut carpet to create clean 90 degree corners, and patterns for inlay's. The work area would need to be a minimum of 12 ft by 15 ft. Is there an affordable kit that could accommodate this size

Progress: Not Started.

Desktop FDM Printer for High-Temp Plastics

Description: Most desktop FDM 3D printers only work with plastics such as ABS. This suggestion is to build a printer with high-temperature nozzles, heated bed, and the ability to print polycarbonate, Ultem 9085, and PPSF/PPSU plastics. This kind of printer would allow the user to have capabilities that come in machines like the big industrial Stratasys machines, but in a desktop size and price.

Progress: Not Started.

USB controller for laptops and newer computers

Description: As a step to get to printing a project from an SD card or similar, try making this to take a USB port (or network connection) feed of g-code, and drive a CNC (or other machine) without using a parallel port like on older machines (like I run ;-)

Progress: Not Started.

USB Interface Keyboard Jog Pad

Description: A simple pad that connects to the USB interface (keyboard jog connector) containing push buttons that will jog the CNC machine.

Progress: Not Started.

3 axis lathe to work with a small midi wood turning lathe

Description: Looking for a y/z gantry set up, modified to accept a small wood turning lathe. Possible stepper motor control for lathe spindle, this would be 3rd axis.

Progress: Not Started.

4' X 4'

Description: waiting on my 30 X 40 shop to get built and planed to get one of your blacktoes , is a 4' X 4' comeing down the road.. 4 x 8 is a little big for me and 2 x 4 too small.. 4 x 4 just right

Progress: That machine can be created from the blackFoot. The only modification is to make the table shorter (6 feet to accomodate the gantry dimension)

Vertical 3-Axis CNC Machine * Completed *

Description: Same basic function as any 3-axis cnc router but the cutting table is placed vertical (or almost vertical) instead of horizontal to reduce the needed floor space.

Progress: This machine is completed and called the greenLean. You can find it here: https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/cnc-machine-greenLean-v1

redFrog Pick and Place Improvements

Description: Improve the existing redFrog pick and place machine to include the following features: Relocate the reels so that they are not limiting the access of the machine (relocate below the machine); adding multiple heads for picking and placing different size components without having to replace the vacuum cup; use a pin/solenoid to advance the tape/reel; improve the clear tape removal using a friction rod and spools; reorient the machine axes and location of the reels so that the machine can contain many more reels and is determined by the length of the machine, not the width.

Progress: Not Started.



Progress: Not Started.

desktop mill

Description: I would like a desktop mill the size of your 2'x4' (or even 13"x26") as your laser cutter/engraver (black tooth, I think) but with a mill, not a laser. How much will this kit cost with planet USB board & software, 1) no motors & drivers, which I already have, and 2) with motors & drivers if I opt to use them on another machine or later convert to more axes. How much will postage & handling be to Namibia, Africa. It is difficult to calculate a complete budget since your options do not include all the necessary costs.

Progress: Not Started.

Integrate control CNC with another program by C#

Description: Enter G code on a window form, Send it to CNC program. like Activex.

Progress: Not Started.

blue chick

Description: Recommended limit switch mounts for all three axis. I have no problem assembling but could use some already designed mounts. Would be a good stock item. Lml

Progress: Not Started.


Description: Applications (web based?) to allow development of g-code for doing particular kinds of projects, and 'gluing' the project types together into one completed project. Example- Simple box: 'routed out', allow change thickness or sides/bottom, possibly outline of top and 'routed out' edge of lid so it sits inside (top could be 'optional'). Another- Bookshelves: H,W,Len overall, thickness of material, cut dadoos, distance between shelves. Dadoo for back cut in back of top and sides. Another- 'french curves': allow cutting on one long side, possibly replicating as a mirror (across a 'center line' either lenght-wise or 'short side' or both). - If done on web, it could by 'per project' or by 'subscription for a week/month/year', or similar, or (better for me) Free.

Progress: Not Started.

Drill or Marker Additional Tool for Cutting Head

Description: A second 'light weight tool' on CNC router. Allow mounting marker for marking parts, or light duty engraver. On second head on the same vertical carrier, possibly with a solenoid and tension spring to hold down the 'tool' while the CNC router is 'up' (not cutting).

Progress: Not Started.

5 Axis cnc router mill

Description: 5 axis cnc Router, with Axis (A) Being a turning axis, such as a lathe, and (B) being an axis that raises one end of the bed to create a taper for the work-piece.

Progress: Not Started.

Kiosk Head

Description: A controller head that could have pre-tested projects pre-loaded on SD cards, and either have a single 'go' button, or small selector screen to select from available projects and a 'go' button. It would allow an 'appliance mode'. Optional input for 'paid' or 'authorized' signal from badge reader or money acceptance unit (or even a authorized thumb scanner, etc). May need different programming for CNC vs Laser vs SDM vs lathe units. Possible optional graphic display of selected project prior to printing/cutting (HDMI interface?). This is all to get the use available in small businesses or hacker groups to be used by less skilled people. Still allowing skilled users to use it to just build projects they can themselves that they might want to reproduce (cutting boards? bird / bat houses? whatever)

Progress: Not Started.

About cnc router greenbull

Description: Hi, We are in france, and we would like to know how to proceed to buy only the hardware parts and get the plans to make all the Wood pieces here. It should be easier due to the price of the shipment. Thank you to give us advice. We like very much your machines.

Progress: Not Started.

Robotic arm CNC

Description: create a CNC Laser or Knife attached to a robotic arm to allow for a larger work area

Progress: Not Started.

i have to built a positionning system using Nema 23 stepping motor one axe

Description: could i have a e mail to send info pdf file showing the mecanism i will need stepping motor , controller , power supply , display to show the actual position this project is to built paper cutter used in printing industrie Regards: Pierre Doucet 514-605-1876

Progress: Not Started.

Spindle Shifting

Description: Mount two or more z-spindles on the gantry with different tooling in each spindle. Instead of changing tool bits, just change spindles and relocate the new spindle to the current position. This has the effect of being a tool changer, but much simpler.

Progress: Not Started.

large surfacing machine

Description: We are building a servicing machine for large wood slabs. We need a surfacing area as large as 8' (Y dimension) x20' (X dimension) although we could get by with an 8'x16' if there were some magic cutoff from the perspective of materials cost. We will be using a 2.5” to 3.5” surfacing bit and moving across the piece in Y to mill the piece and then step in x to position for the next milling pass. This continues until the piece is completely surfaced. Some of the requirements of this machine are as follows: • A clean cut is very important to we need the mechanical stability to support this • X positioning accuracy requirement is low • Y positioning accuracy requirement is low. We only need a smooth motion as we move through the piece • Z positioning accuracy is relatively high but positioning speed is not important • No need to movement in more than one axis at a time It would be great to have the accuracy and speed in all axes with the ability to move on complex curves in 3 dimensions but if the cost is significant to get that we can default to the requirements above. I’m looking for a set of plans that would meet the above requirements if you could provide them. But it would be fine also to get a set of plans for a machine that would be a large but more traditional CNC and we could modify them. Do you have anything that might be applicable? Thanks Dave Joseph Pacific Coast Hardwoods

Progress: Not Started.

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