Category Archives: CNC

More of Greg’s Reels

Greg is an Ohio based bamboo rod maker. In November 2014 I posted pictures of two reels that he made from my plan set (eclecticangler.com). Greg is now seriously into reel production, using CNC to assist on the more complicated … Continue reading

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Engraving Practice

The engraver is running; here is a practice part. This was done on scrap bronze with a .018 inch diameter end mill turning at 24000 rpm and travelling at 4 inches/minute. The groove is about .005 inch deep. My design … Continue reading

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First CNC Part

My CNC engraver has progressed to the point that it is ready to use. Before buying design software, I decided to try hand coding a G code program. The task here will be to mill the complex perimeter profile of … Continue reading

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CNC Control Panel

The control panel for the engraver is now wired. The front has some switches to give me direct control of stepper enable, spindle power, etc. Here is the back side. There are three switching power supplies. If there are any … Continue reading

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Wired

I now have all the wiring anchored to my CNC mill. Quite a bit of the labor was in mounting the limit switches. The engraving mill will connect to its control panel by 7 four pin connectors: 3 for step … Continue reading

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The Motion Controller

I have purchased the motion controller and stepper driver for my engraver. The two boards are KFLOP and KSTEP from dynomotion.com. They communicate together by a 26 line ribbon cable, and controller KFLOP talks to a PC console by USB. … Continue reading

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X-Y Table

This is the next step toward a CNC engraver, a complete X-Y table. The structure here is three sheets of 1/2 inch thick MIC-6: 6×6, 6×12, and 12×12 inches. They provide a 6×6 work surface with motion of nearly 6 … Continue reading

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