OMG, THIS is a big CNC Machine. 150 meters long!

June 15, 2012

I was astonished to expand this photo, and see that there is a man standing in the work area of this router! Holy Cow! http://gizmodo.com/5918270/this-cnc-machine-is-longer-than-a-football-field    

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Pulled the trigger! Bought RhinoCAD/RhinoCAM today.

June 8, 2012

I’ve been using CamBam for a while now, and I like it, but I’m running into its limits, when it comes to non-geometric shapes. CamBam is fine for rectangles, round-rects, circles, etc, but just doesn’t cut it for more complicated shapes. So, after talking with a few other CNC folk, I’ve decided to get RhinoCAD […]

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Photos of the CNC Router

June 4, 2012

Here’s a bunch of photos of the Router. Work is in progress during these photos – notice that the limit switches get wired up!

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Quick project: A small box

June 4, 2012

I decided to test out the updating wiring and limit switches on the router today by building a small wooden box. The wood I happened to have lying around was some purple-heart – a hard and resiny wood, sure to be a test for the router. I designed the box quickly using CamBam – simply […]

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Adding an Automation Technologies MPG2 Control Pendant to a CNC Router

May 21, 2012

I recently ordered a 4 axis control pendant, and a driver board for this device – hoping to add it to my CNC Router. The package arrived last Friday, and I had a half-hour of free time to try to get it working – no-where near enough time! What I ordered was: Automation Technology MPG2 […]

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Thinking about wires

May 21, 2012

There’s quite a lot of wiring in a CNC Router:  A cable from the PC’s parallel port, to the controller board (a Gecko G540 in my case), Motor driver wires, Power supply wiring, Limit switches on each axis – a switch at each end, Home switches, Emergency Stop switch, Possibly a control pendant, Power for […]

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Converting Raster Images to GCode

May 9, 2012

One of the projects I am considering is converting some line drawings to something CNC routed… So, how to do this conversion? A quick search turns up a few possibilities: Nice Overview article: http://www.cnczone.com/modules.php?name=Sections&op=viewarticle&id=2 Looks good, though complicated: http://www.rastervect.com/ More for cutting: http://www.imsrv.com/rasterfratz/ Really powerful. Good. Expensive! What the pros would use. http://www.vectric.com/ I’m quite interested to […]

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Supplier List

May 8, 2012

I’ve just done a huge update re the suppliers I’ve used in my CNC Router project here. I’ve tried to enter some useful comments re each of the suppliers, with additional info that’s useful for Canadian builders. Building in Canada means having to deal with a smaller range of suppliers (No McMaster-Carr), and with huge […]

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Building a CNC Router

May 6, 2012

I’ve decided to build a CNC router – for no particular reason. I’ve always been interested in this sort of robotic device, ever since I programmed an HP plotter, 30 years ago. At the start of this project, my specs are: 4 foot by 4 foot work area, Full three axis movement, So, that’s pretty […]

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