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CNC Router Notes — Build notes from my CNC Router projects, and more…

I got an update from this Kickstarter project where they included this video of their manufacturing process. Some very cool shots – with a Hero Video camera mounted to the machine. And, some pretty amazing tooling shots!

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Wow, what a busy weekend we had, cranking out puck after puck for two days. I had purchased about 150 pucks before the faire, but had to puchase another 100 pucks Sunday morning on the way to the Faire.


The puck mill had created about 15-20 pucks before the faire – test pucks as I was calibrating the X and Y axis, and setting the Z height. But, from the second the Faire started, until it ended, we were continually carving names into pucks. The machine literally ran non-stop – as quickly as we could swap new pucks into the machine, it would start carving again.

So, over two days, we created 300 pucks in total – that’s 300 puck designs, and 300 toolpath G-Code files, and then sending them all to the Planet-cnc controller to create the pucks. Our copy of Vectric V-Carve Pro was really put to the test!

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Quick video of the CNC Puck Router in action!

August 30, 2013

Here’s a quick video of the Puck Mill carving some text into a puck!

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Wiring up the controller for the Puck Mill

July 27, 2013

Wiring up the controller for a small CNC mill such as this always takes longer than I expect. I start by laying the components out on the work bench – to determine how big a box will be needed. This gives me a feel for the size of the box, and the location of the […]

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Interesting 3D printing technique

July 4, 2013

I came across this posting the other day, about someone using a multi-axis robot arm, like you’d find in the automotive industry, with a custom plastic extruder mounted on the end, to extrude plastic in a 3D space. It is unlike any other 3D printer I’ve ever seen. Pretty cool.   Mataerial Introduction from Mataerial […]

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Design process for the CNC Puck Mill

June 18, 2013

The Puck Mill was designed to be quick and easy to build, and to use generally available components. I was intrigued by the MakerSlide available at Inventables.com, and wanted to see how that could be used. I looked at a number of existing designs using this product, and decided to try for something simpler. I […]

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Finished the hardware for the Puck Mill

June 5, 2013

Another update on the puck mill. The hardware is now complete, pretty much, and the wiring is left. This will take a few days. I’ve added X and Z axis limit switches now. The Z axis only needs an upper limit, but the X and Y need both + and – limits. It’s not super […]

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Progress on the CNC Puck Mill

April 18, 2013

I’ve been working a couple of nights a week assembling the CNC puck Mill. It’s a small CNC mill with a work area of about 5 inches square. I’ve tried to use Makerslide, and components available from Inventables.com for as much of the construction as possible. I’ve only machined small adapter pieces, and things like […]

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CNC Milling Hockey Pucks!

March 13, 2013

A few weeks ago, it was my son’s birthday party. I decided it would be pretty cool to CNC carve each guest’s name into a puck, to include in the loot bags. It was pretty trivial to set up a template for hockey pucks (they’re 3″ round, and an inch thick, by the way), and […]

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GrabCAD looks like a cool place to find 3D components

June 19, 2012

Here’s an Article on TechCrunch about GrabCAD.

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