Writing state-of the art software either as a standalone piece or in order to operate one of my electronic design is always playtime for me
Remove the limits and turn any ideas into reality!
Can’t find it? Too expensive? No problem, let’s create it!
Video Editing / Animation
Mix the real world and the imagination in any way you can think
Building and flying radio-controlled airplanes
Ok, it’s been a while since I posted, doesn’t mean I stopped working on the machine! One thing that I found is that I often open my coolant bucket to ensure the coolant is flowing. So I decided that designing and machining a flow indicator would provide a good opportunity to experiment with full Read more about Spindle Coolant Flow Indicator[…]
After working with wood and MDF, I quickly realized that I needed something to collect all the dust. I couldn’t fix a ready-made design so I grabbed some good ideas in existing design and rolled out my own. Requirements: Transparent enough to be able to see the spindle / work area Clamp-on spindle Removable vacuum Read more about Designing a dust collector[…]
it’s been a while… I worked quite a bit on the machine and it is currently operational. I’m still missing the cable chains (lost in the shipping – replacements underway). The first parts that I machined with the machine where the aluminium parts needed to replace the 3D printed plastic parts. I have videos of Read more about CNC Mill (late) Update[…]
I spent the last two evening finishing the plates for the Z axis and drilling missing holes on the backplate for the newly designed limit switches. I also decided to use connectors for the limit switches and designed a bracket for it I also received 2 replacement flexible coupling for the motors, this did solve Read more about Z axis assembly[…]
I finally settled on using optical photo switches for all limit switches. My reasoning is that optical switches should be more accurate and reliable than mechanical switches and there is no wear caused by friction as there is no contact. After a bit of research on digikey, I settled for https://www.digikey.ca/product-detail/en/tt-electronics-optek-technology/OPB472N11/365-1646-ND/1636911 which are small, inexpensive and can Read more about Z axis limit switches[…]
It’s been a few days since my last post. I made a lot of progress on the construction of the milling machine. Design and printing of various brackets and panels I used T-Nuts + M5 screws to assemble the drives on the machine frame. I also installed a wires guide to keep everything Read more about Wiring and first motion[…]
Yesterday, I accidentally (AKA clumsily) hit the X motor mount which broke from the impact. It was obvious that my first design wasn’t strong enough so I decided to design a beefier one tonight. I also accounted for the coupling which is slightly longer than the one I used when designed the machine. I Read more about Redesigning a stronger X Motor Mount[…]
Today, I bought the wood for the under-frame (posts + wheels) in order to be able to start assembling the machine frame. After the under frame was completed, I did a quick assembly of the side rails just to confirm the length of the cross beams. I then setup a jig on my miter saw Read more about Frame assembly & wooden under frame[…]
Worked full day on the machine. I started by drilling / tapping the Y axis plates followed by the Z backplate. I then installed my saw blade on the table saw and proceeded to bring the plates to their final sizes. At the end of the evening, I quickly assembled the X axis and Read more about Y axis plates, Z Plate and test assembly[…]
Last night I cut the X rails to length and assembled them on the 3″ x 3″ X Beams. Then I proceeded to cut / drill /tap the Z Top plate, which is the smallest plate and thus was a good candidate in case of a screw up! This was the first time I used Read more about X Rails and Z Motor Plate[…]