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$20 CNC Machine
by Techbuilder on April 16, 2009

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License: Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Intro: $20 CNC Machine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 1: Find recycled material . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 2: Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 3: Linear slides of fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 4: X,Y,Z tables for your brunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 5: Motor mount time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 6: Thread me please . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 7: Gluing time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 8: Where's the Z axis :( . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
step 9: A piece from the heaven's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
step 10: Tall posts oh my! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
step 11: Are we done yet! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
step 12: Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
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instructables. I'm getting really close to completing the electronics for the CNC.When I read the instructable I knew I could make a decent looking and functioning cnc machine for under 20 dollars with a recycled twist. Let's Build! Update 02/01/10 {Hi everyone just thought I would give you an update on this instructable since Ive been getting a lot of emails and messages and such. I will be selling CNC kits soon and they will be of better build quality as well as a cheap price tag because I know how it is to be on a budget and not have the tools I need to create simple things and even complex things and this world needs more DIY builders. The CNC kits will be available roughly 1 to 2 weeks after the electronics Instructable has been released their will actually be a video showing this CNC working when the electronics Instructable is completed} Image Notes 1. as stated in a comment the steppers I found in the printer were bi-polar stepper motors which the circuit would cost quite a bit more if you went this route. If you were lucky to find some Unipolar stepper motors then you could build the electronics for under 3 bucks however unipolar motors have less torque.com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ .License: Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa) Intro: $20 CNC Machine I got inspired for this instructable when I viewed the Easy To Build Stepper Controller instructable . Not to mention I did this in under a week. I expect you to have basic knowledge on power tools and hand tools and of course this instructable requires you to have a rotary tool such as a dremel. Electronics Instructable soon to come! http://www. Even if you don't have knowledge on power tools or hand tools I advise you to try this instructable because you will learn a lot about hand and power tools and you can build this for less then 20 dollars so if you mess up it's no biggie and it would not cost to much to replace a part.

Parts http://www. Cold cathode Could be used for a light box Image Notes 1. bushings. Here's what you need to locate Flat bed scanner Old printer These two items are going to have your juicy stepper motors and the beautiful harden steel rods.com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ . You will find gears. buttons. So much fun Image Notes 1. Image Notes 1.instructables.step 1: Find recycled material Now this is the most enjoyable part of building the cnc machine which is trying to find garbage that people want to throw away. capacitors. cold cathodes. Harden steel rod Could be used for axis if you can locate 2 alike 2. The victim Image Notes 1. that's not the only thing you can get out of these green machines. parallel ports and there is so much more.

Image Notes 1.instructables. Required Tools: Drill Screw drivers Tap and Die set Rotary tool Hack saw Vise or some form of clamping device Pliers Drill bits File Center punch Recommended Tools: Band saw Table saw Lathe Bench grinder Bolt cutters http://www. Bushings step 2: Tools Now I tried to build this with the bare necessities so I could show you that it is possible to make a cnc machine with very little.com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ . Stepper motor or aka the holy grail 2.

Image Notes 1. Vise 4.00 2 10" 3/8" Aluminum rod 0. Required materials Quantity Type Cost 4 2"x6"x1/2" Expanded PVC 2. Hack saw 2.75 2 8" 3/8" Aluminum rod 0.instructables. Drill 3.00 2 2"x4"x1/2" Expanded PVC 1.75 1 7 1/4" 5/8"-24 threaded rod 0. 3ft aluminum rod step 3: Linear slides of fun The center core of your cnc machine is your tables so read carefully and follow the instructable.50 Now this is just the run down of everything I of course cut everything up. now you should have a comparable piece down below Repeat for all Axis http://www.com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ .00 1 9 1/4" 5/8"-24 threaded rod 0.75 2 12" 3/8 Aluminum rod 0.50 1 11 1/4" 5/8"-24 threaded rod 1. First step Stack 2 of the expanded pvc pieces that are the same size and drill a whole in the center and two holes each three quarters of an inch from the edge from the center line. Now cut your aluminum rods to size and stick them through. you can purchase everything you see here from your local hardware store and plastic store for really cheap.

com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ . Z axis http://www. Holes for the aluminum rod 2. Expanded PVC Image Notes 1.instructables. Hole for motor Image Notes 1. This is what it should look like after you are done Image Notes 1. X and Y axis Image Notes 1.Image Notes 1.

Repeat for each axis For your Y axis now would be a good time to drill your holes so you can mount things you wish to cut. Image Notes 1. Square blocks with the rods through them Image Notes 1. 1 1/2"x1 3/4"x1/2" Square blocks Image Notes 1.Y. Repeat this step to make all three axis. http://www.com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ . Square block ready to be glued 3.instructables. Use acrylic glue for maximum strength and clean look Image Notes 1. Acrylic Sheet flipped over and aligned straight 2.Z tables for your brunch Alright now here comes the most time consuming part making the tables for the slides but once they are made it really feels like the project is taking off. Required Materials Quantity Type Cost 1 6"x12"x1/4" Acrylic sheet Scrap 1 6"x10"1/4" Acrylic sheet Scrap 1 5 1/2"x5"x1/4" Acrylic sheet Scrap 15 1 1/2"x1 3/4"x1/2" Acrylic sheet Scrap Now what you are going to want to do is stack 4 pieces of the 1 1/2"x1 3/4"x1/2" and drill dead center with a 3/8 drill bit After you have done so feed 2 pieces on each rod and line them up and place your sheet on top and flip it over now glue.step 4: X. You should end up with something like this.

All you have to do is drill in the center of a little piece of rod to the size of the stepper then on the other side drill 5/16 for the threaded rod. After that tap the 5/16 side And glue Image Notes 1. Now in step three you should have drilled the motor hole and now all you have to do is mount it in The coupler that attaches from your stepper to your threaded rod is going to be different based on stepper you have. . Aluminum coupler I made The one I made use's a set screw but you can glue it in but it will be permanent. Pretty step 5: Motor mount time Now depending on where you get your motor from they are all going to be different so they will require special mounts I recommend printer stepper motors because they are easy to mount but scanner steppers motors will work just fine. Image Notes 1.com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ Image Notes 1.Image Notes 1. Grid paper is a good way to get your holes in parallel. Recycled Printer stepper motor attached http://www.instructables. I made one out of aluminum but you can make one out of plastic just as long as it is wide enough. Screw that attaches stepper motor 2.

glue your x axis to it and then your y axis to your x axis acrylic top. then you should have something like down below. Just a piece of rod I used to mark the center Image Notes 1. Thread coupler glued in place Sorry I didn't take a close up shot step 7: Gluing time So now you should have all three axis completed and now it's time to line them up and glue.instructables. The base I used was a 20"x12"x1/4" piece of white acrylic I found at the plastic store You could use smaller but I wouldn't recommend it Once you have found a base.step 6: Thread me please Now once you have made your coupler it's time to attach the threaded rod and glue a threaded coupler to one of the 1 1/2"x1 3/4"x1/2" square blocks You have to make sure that the center on the threaded coupler matches the center of the threaded rod.60 Repeat for each axis Image Notes 1. Required materials: Quantity Type Cost 1 20"x12"x1/4" Acrylic sheet scrap 1 8"x4"x1/4" Acrylic sheet scrap http://www. use acrylic glue for this step it will glue expanded pvc as well if your wondering After that Glue your z axis to a piece of 8"x4"x1/4" acrylic sheet. After you should get something like down below Required Materials Quantity Type Cost 3 5/8"-24x1" threaded coupler 0.com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ .

you can buy both these items at a local hardware store for really cheap.Image Notes 1.40 1 Screw clamp Free http://www. You have to cut a little lip to attach to the acrylic sheet because the pipe mount isn't going to be flat once you slide the rotary tool in because it expands. Base I used Image Notes 1. Glue all the expanded pvc to the acrylic sheet but make sure it's parallel step 8: Where's the Z axis :( Don't worry I didn't forget about that Moving along Now we want to add a mount for are rotary tool to the acrylic sheet on the z axis I used a pipe holder and a screw clamp. Glue here using acrylic glue 2. You should have something that looks like this 2.com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ . Place the pipe mount on top of the acrylic lip and glue.instructables. Required Materials Quantity Type Cost 1 Pipe mount 0.

Acrylic lip I used my dremel to make this piece Image Notes 1.Image Notes 1. Glue together using epoxy or super glue step 9: A piece from the heaven's Now that you made your z axis rotary mount it's time to set up the posts and the acrylic sheet that connects them. Bent in Image Notes 1. After you have done that you should attach you z axis to it and make sure the acrylic piece is sticking out at least 1/16" off the edge so you can have a flat side. Acrylic lip the shape of the pipe mount 2.instructables. Leave a 1/16 or more gap for the screw clamp. Required materials: Quantity Type Cost 1 10"x16"x5/16" Acrylic Sheet Scrap 1 1 1/2"x5"x1" Acrylic Sheet Scrap (aka thick piece) http://www. 3. You need a square hole in the center of the 10"x16"x5/16" acrylic sheet to feed your z axis through After you have cut that out it's time to attach a thick piece of a acrylic to support the z axis on.com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ .

com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ Image Notes 1. Required Materials: Quantity Type Cost 4 1 1/2"x16"x1" Scrap Image Notes 1. Then glue your 4"x8"x1/4" to the block step 10: Tall posts oh my! Now it's time to glue the 1 1/2"x16"x1" posts to the z axis acrylic top and then after your done with that. Glue the post to the sheet 2. 1 1/2"x5"x1" 2. Glue the post to the base . http://www.instructables. you then glue it to the base.Image Notes 1. Used a dremel with a cutting blade then cleaned it up with sanding attachment Image Notes 1. Applying pressure after I set the acrylic glue in. Glue to the bottom of the piece you just cut out 3.

step 11: Are we done yet! The answer is no but we do happen to be mechanical done now because of the short amount of time I had I could not add the electronics part to this instructable.00 2 10" 3/8" Aluminum rod 0. so I am going dedicate an entire instructable just to the electronics part some time this week as well as a video.50 1 11 1/4" 5/8"-40 threaded rod 1. Image Notes 1.00 1 9 1/4" 5/8"-40 threaded rod 0. So turn that frown upside down Word of advise this is quite a bit of work even though it may not look like it so by the time you have this finished the electronics instructable will be beyond finished.60 1 20"x12"x1/4" Acrylic sheet scrap 1 8"x4"x1/4" Acrylic sheet scrap 1 Pipe mount 0.50 1 7 1/4" 5/8"-40 threaded rod 0. Electronics Instructable soon to come! . Almost all done! http://www.instructables.com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ Image Notes 1.75 2 12" 3/8 Aluminum rod 0. Part list: Quantity Type Cost 4 2"x6"x1/2" Expanded PVC 2.00 2 2"x4"x1/2" Expanded PVC 1.25 1 6"x12"x1/4" Acrylic sheet Scrap 1 6"x10"1/4" Acrylic sheet Scrap 1 5 1/2"x5"x1/4" Acrylic sheet Scrap 15 1 1/2"x1 3/4"x1/2" Acrylic sheet Scrap 3 5/8"-24x1" threaded coupler 0.00 Total= 19. I will most likely add it on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.40 1 Screw clamp Free 4 1 1/2"x16"x1" Scrap ? Scrap from Tap Plastics 12.75 2 8" 3/8" Aluminum rod 0.50 I got all my plastic from tap plastics scrap bin and I got the rest of the pieces from home depot and a local metal supply shop.

2010. 2010. 1. Just a couple of quick queries on the construction of your magnificent machine.blogspot. Is there any reason you couldn't screw and glue the joins for extra stability and strength? Any help would be muchly appreciated http://www. As for the expanded pvc I would replace that with Acrylic but do to the fact that I had a budget and the short amount of time I had no choice but to go with expanded pvc but I would really recommend you use acrylic.com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ . With the measurements you have used what is the useable cutting area? And 2. Thanks for sharing with us. 11:57 AM REPLY where do you find a pipe mount? khalidkhattak says: Sep 28.instructables. 8:24 AM REPLY Excellent article and awesome work.step 12: Recommendations Now the stepper motors you find in a printer would do just fine but after a while I would highly recommend to upgrade to some bigger stepper motors. Related Instructables Fireball V90 CNC Router Assembly (video) by abbtech CNC Stomp Pad Project | CNC Programming | G-Code Programming | CNC Plasma Cutting by ivanirons How to Make a Three Axis CNC Machine (Cheaply and Easily) by oomlout Dremel Carver/Duplicator like a Human Powered CNC Router by Adran Mostly selfreproducing 3axis CNC milling machine(SHELVED PROJECT) by ebidk 3 Axis CNC Router 60"x60"x5" JunkBot by russaanderson Advertisements Comments 50 comments Add Comment 69fordf100 says: view all 104 comments Oct 2. 6:37 AM REPLY Nice ible :) I'm in the planning and budgeting stage at the moment and have my steppers and controllers on order. 2010. Regards http://my-woodcarving.blogspot.com http://free3dscans.com sadiablo says: Sep 8.

2010. what hardware you use? best regards wii552 says: Dec 19. CharMio says: disagreeing with a scientifically proven fact. 7:58 AM REPLY in Utah it means yes!!! sssssbooom says: Mar 21. 3:27 AM REPLY Hi nice project. 2010. 2010.com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ Jun 30. I bought it from Active Surplus. I got 4 stepper motor for $10. 2010. And my doors lock is harder to lock in the winter. livingbios says: Sep 3.. also. 11:31 AM REPLY this method of control works like this: ruby script---->export to external aplication(self written)---->commands sent via serial-----> interpretation by microcontroller----> MOVEMENT | V feedback of position to app via serial treflip says: Aug 30. tanmanknex says: Jan 3. I suppose if there were enough play between the wood parts and the rods. 9:40 AM REPLY Wood expands and contracts with humidity (and non-uniformly depending on grain). AK-47 argument. 7:21 AM REPLY Which type of the scanner is this? filjoa says: Jul 11. that is all that matters. 2010. 2010. For anywhere else.instructables. this is a M-16 vs. i like your style! (wood takes more than two weeks to expand) http://www. 2009. if it is good enough to do the job. 7:40 AM REPLY Could you explain this? Is this plugin for sketchup literally sending the step sequences? I'm really not understanding how this would play out. 2009. wood that has been fully cured (and/or fully weather-sealed) may work just fine. Basically. 2010. 4:58 PM REPLY BTW To all canadians that live in toronto. 2010. then you may be able to make it work with a sacrifice in quality of the finished product and the risk of binding up of the threaded rods and couplers. 7:28 PM REPLY go active simon661 says: Sep 5. In the past 2 weeks we have had snow. mman1506 says: Sep 5. They have a lot of tools you will need to build this cnc machine. So I don't think the humidity is constant at all. That said. falafle says: Sep 3. 2010. 2010. If you aren't after high quality reproduction of your design (accuracy). 9:21 PM REPLY Did you ever offer the kits? nazgults says: Aug 5.simon661 says: Sep 5. 6:21 AM REPLY could wood be used instead of plastic for most things? NewB007 says: Dec 31. Binding would be the only risk here. One has tighter tolerances and higher accuracy.. 3:59 PM REPLY I need the PDF file :( To bad im not a pro member. and 60 degree weather. 10:44 PM REPLY I disagree. 2010. and the other has looser tolerances and lower accuracy. 2010. In the end. 6:55 AM REPLY . falafle says: Sep 1. if you live somewhere with a constant (or complete lack of) humidity. then wood may be fine there. so you wouldn't maintain the tolerances needed for most CNC machines. rain. 9:12 AM REPLY hey really cool idea for you ! write a plugin for sketchup that will translate a sketch into a depthmap and use that to control your cnc machine! thats what i did and it made it super easy use my own cnc machine. wind. such as in the desert somewhere.

. 8:34 AM REPLY ? what tool would you guys recommend to use to get clean cuts on the sheets Bowtie41 says: Mar 26. "if you live somewhere with a constant (or complete lack of) humidity. Yeah..but you may want to read the sentence again. jamesshin10 says: Jan 9. I barely remember replying. sssssbooom says: Jun 30. 6:03 AM REPLY umm u said here that we need to locate a old printer can u indicate a specific type cause i have a hard time finding a 5 pins stepper motor. 2010. Or some other southeastern state where it's really humid. 2010. 2010. 2010.. 2010. http://www. Well until CharMio misunderstood my reply lol.Don't forget to put it back right when you are done!!! socalcovey says: Mar 3.. 9:55 AM REPLY The two weeks is only explaining how often the weather changes.instructables. But I still would like to thank you for all the information provided. electrotech says: Feb 26. 2010. yours is state of the art. 7:36 AM REPLY It would be nice to have so much acrylic sheets as "scrap" :-P amdivoff says: Mar 21. I shall be looking for more info. 4:28 PM REPLY The five pin stepper motor is unipolar. couldn't you also use this for metal part fabrication? microwizard says: Apr 9. :) socalcovey says: Mar 3. 12:49 PM REPLY I reverse the blade on either a circular or table saw with good results. 2010. though today during Marching Band it felt like Louisiana. Anyway. Humidity is the one thing I can't stand. 6:28 PM REPLY This is a wonderfull peace of work and I am a model airplane maker and a finish carpenter and also facinated by cnc machines. such as in the desert somewhere. 11:45 AM REPLY Hey guys I dont have any stepper motors but will the small $6 ones from adafruit industries work? Techbuilder says: Feb 27. I never stated that wood expand faster then 2 weeks. 3:55 AM REPLY In Washington it means NO! pyrorower says: Apr 20.. Or Georgia. 2010. 10:17 AM REPLY I don't know what I was thinking when I wrote that so.sssssbooom says: Jun 30. if you should post them in future. 9:51 PM REPLY You wrote it 6 months ago. 2010. weatherwise. You have to either find some old printers with some large sized steppers or you will have to purchase them. tanmanknex says: Jun 30." Utah is not one of those. 8:37 AM REPLY Sorry to inform you but those don't have nearly enough torque to drive anything really other then something as light as foam. These are easy to run using a L293D IC. the humidity where I live usually is pretty constant. 2010. dpsilver says: Mar 1. 3:47 AM REPLY hey. Great work.now don't panic. 2010..com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ .. 2010. 10:07 AM REPLY If you attach the proper tip. 2010. 2010. 6:56 PM REPLY the electronics are simple for a 5 wire motor set up ive built my own and tested all three axis now im making the actual machine fruitkid101 says: Feb 15. You can download the data sheet on line..it says "two holes each three quarters of an inch from the edge from the center line" not "a half of an inch" ? frmco says: Jan 8. the four pin motor you have is a bipolar. I only wish that I could have been able to communicate with you and get help going through building it completely with the electronics.. plss help. 2010.

The tools are so expensive. buryo says: Jan 13. 2009. which is more expensive. and possibly the third. 7:35 PM REPLY TurboCNC is shareware. You would be surprised how many people throw away printers and scanners.blogspot. if you want a software with sources (not EMC and working in MS-DOS). not a mill.html dagenius says: Apr 22. 1:27 PM REPLY you should build this and sell them for 50 for a $30 profit 060537 says: Jan 16. 6:05 PM REPLY You should make one of a 3D printer. These are just dimensions the author used. 2010. aaronscottaugustinhotmail.skaar says: Jan 28. 8:27 AM REPLY you don't need a five pin. 2010. 2009. Thanks willrandship says: Jun 15. 2010. 2009. I'm interested in the software you use though. 2009. but can you post the electronics for stepper motors? randhee says: What kind of glue? http://www. snowpenguin says: Apr 22. but if you do. 8:38 AM REPLY Congratulation! Nice project. 1:03 PM REPLY Fortunately. dylanwinn says: Dec 31. 12:11 PM REPLY will the small steppers from adafruit industries work? They're 6 bucks. 2009. 2010. funlw65 says: Feb 4. 11:16 PM REPLY . I'm going to be making mine out of MDF. luck you! You also need software. 2010. 1:39 AM REPLY Surely if you need an area larger than that. meaning you could download and use it. you could scale it up. 2009.com/2008/11/cncpro-pdsoftware. 8:30 PM REPLY If you get lucky you could source some steppers free. No limitations at all.g. sort of like the reprap/repstrap. Great CNC though! I've been planning on buiulding a much bigger one for a while now and will probably post an 'Ible on it. I saw that Mach 3 has a limit of 500 lines of g-code in the free version. Good job! Techbuilder says: Apr 22. a limited time. fruitkid101 says: Feb 26. countable says: Jan 29. SHAREWARE means that you don't get the sources. But. the place the coils connect in the middle. in TurboCNC terms. 2010.instructables. like servo II) Were are they in this instructable? nightcreep20 says: Jan 17. 1:08 PM REPLY I am having a hard time finding the controllers (e. but it will either have limited functionality. just chop it off.com says: Jan 21. 9:51 AM REPLY This is really only $20 if you have most of the materials to build it already. 2010. 2010. but what about general parts? Acrylic is EXPENSIVE and most people don't have piles and piles of it laying around. The software is free as well I use turbo cnc for the unipolar and mach 3 for the bi polar schematic . All you have to do is contact your local E waste and ask if they have any scanner or printers. 11:58 AM REPLY You can build this for 20 dollars the flat bed scanners are free. 2:20 AM REPLY I don't think I can build this within $50.com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ Jan 8. then look for http://moriscanet. How about turbocnc? I didn't think that was free. 2010. 9:02 AM REPLY What exactly is the workable area for this? It looks like it couldn't be much more than 6 x 6 inches. Most people don't have 3 flatbed scanners sitting around. What do you use for CAD and CAM? I'd been planning on using EMC2 but if I can get free Windows software that would be great. or it will have reminders saying "register turboCNC!" I believe TurboCNC uses the first. snowpenguin says: Apr 22.

That would be very helpful.com/id/20-CNC-Machine/ . would all make do cheeswiz says: Sep 30. pvc. al.instructables.hinow41 says: Jan 5. on how to "drive the Steppers from old computer parts with not much more than a Soldering iron". steel. 10:35 AM REPLY Do share or provide a link please. wood. 2010. 2010. i have also found a way to drive the Steppers from old computer parts with not much more than a Soldering iron. Thx view all 104 comments http://www. you have done what i have been thinking about how to do. 4:57 PM REPLY you needn't use acrylic. i will now beable to finnish the project. anyways this Instructable is the Perfect one to help me. 2009. 11:20 AM REPLY I have been collecting a few printers and scanners (not enough though) to do almost this Exact Project. Well Thanks for the Instructable! hondaman900 says: Jan 3. actually im going to build a RepRap.