AKA The Nimbus
- X – 46″
- Y – 24″
- Z – 5.5″
- 3x 270 oz-in. Bipolar Stepper
- Bosch Colt router
- Collet set (1/8″ & 1/4″) from PrecisionBits/Think&Tinker
- Custom Pendant
- Relays for 120V control
- An extra E-stop button
My desire for my own CNC machine started by seeing neat stuff at www.cnczone.com. I attempted to build my own based on other designs, but it didn’t work out due to limited space and lack of tools. After I moved to my own house, I ordered a kit for Joe’s Model 2006 R2 in early 2009 (tax refund time). My reason were that the forum provided plenty of help and it could mill it’s own parts and reproduce itself (if needed).
By 8/18/2010, the kit was assembled, painted and together in the lab, but needed the motors mounted and wired to the controller. It also needed its own computer setup. I kinda screwed a few things up. Mostly drilling some of the plastic pcs. with a 1/4” drill instead of tapping with 1/4-20 and putting a nice twist in the table when glued together. Oh, and one of the motor mounts is a little fucked up, but since forced into submission.
I fell into the usual trap of getting a bargain computer that turned out to be more trouble than anything. In the end I thing it fried itself. Luckily my former employer went out of business and I was able to annex my work computer.
The machine is finally operational, at least testing-wise, on 7/5/11. Several things still need to be done, such as setting up a cutting tool, a spoil board and addition supports.