Recently I visited Robin, someone I know from the Domoticaforum. He and I share some common interests like Domotica; another one is CNC.
Robin has been sending me pictures of his home-brew CNC mill now and then for a year or so, and now it was time to visit him and have a look how it performed. Wow…
The frame of his mill is made of 10 mm steel, the portal is made of 10 mm aluminum. The X-axis has 2 and the Y-Axis has 1 x 4.8 Nm stepper-motors, the Z-Axis is driven by a 2 Nm stepper.
The 4 drivers that control the stepper-motors are connected to a Parallel breakout boards as well as the stops. The linear guide-ways are made of hard chrome and are equipped with linear ball bearings.
Time for a demonstration!
Robin asked me what I’d like to take home with me; “your house number?” Hmmm.. I know something better.. So we searched for the ‘Bio Hazard‘ symbol and copy/pasted it to VCarve, added some text and within 10 minutes the design for the board on the door of my hobby-room was ready. We let VCarve generate the G-code, saved it to a file on Robins NAS and went to the CNC PC with Mach3 installed on it. We homed the milling cutter and started the milling:
Cool stuff, I want one too! What a pity that I can only spend my money once; choices, choices….
I took the board home and started painting. And after a few days, the end result is this: