Build Your Own CNC Machine (Technology in Action)

Do you like to build things? Are you ever frustrated at having to compromise your designs to fit whatever parts happen to be available? Would you like to fabricate your own parts? Build Your Own CNC Machine is the book to get you started. CNC expert Patrick Hood-Daniel and best-selling author James Kelly team up to show you how to construct your very own CNC machine. Then they go on to show you how to use it, how to document your designs in computer-aided design (CAD) programs, and how to output your designs as specifications and tool paths that feed into the CNC machine, controlling it as it builds whatever parts your imagination can dream up.

Don’t be intimidated by abbreviations like CNC and terms like computer-aided design. Patrick and James have chosen a CNC-machine design that is simple to fabricate. You need only basic woodworking skills and a budget of perhaps $500 to $1,000 to spend on the wood, a router, and various other parts that you’ll need. With some patience and some follow-through, you’ll soon be up and running with a really fun machine that’ll unleash your creativity and turn your imagination into physical reality.

  • The authors go on to show you how to test your machine, including configuring the software.
  • Provides links for learning how to design and mill whatever you can dream up
  • The perfect parent/child project that is also suitable for scouting groups, clubs, school shop classes, and other organizations that benefit from projects that foster skills development and teamwork
  • No unusual tools needed beyond a circular saw and what you likely already have in your home toolbox
  • Teaches you to design and mill your very own wooden and aluminum parts, toys, gadgets—whatever you can dream up

What you’ll learn

  • Build your very own CNC machine
  • Learn about linear movement and motion transmission

Who this book is for

Build Your Own CNC Machine is the perfect book for hobbyists who like to build and create using wood and metal. It’s especially for those who have ever been foiled by lack of specific parts to help realize their creative designs. Build Your Own CNC Machine is also an excellent choice for organizations such as scouting and church groups, school shop classes, and so forth, as it provides an educational project of modest cost that all can work on together.

Table of Contents

  1. Your CNC Machine
  2. Hardware and Tools
  3. Tips and Advice
  4. Movement Using Rails
  5. Joining Methods
  6. The Electronics
  7. X-Axis, Part 1
  8. X-Axis, Part 2
  9. X-Axis, Part 3
  10. Y-Axis, Part 1
  11. Y-Axis, Part 2
  12. Y-Axis, Part 3
  13. Preparing for the Z-Axis
  14. Z-Axis, Part 1
  15. Z-Axis, Part 2
  16. Z-Axis, Part 3
  17. Mounting the Electronics
  18. Software and Testing
  19. Where to Go from Here

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You don’t get much more Future Now than this: a 3D printer that prototypes and fabricates specialized robots within hours. Developed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) thanks to a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the CSAIL Project aims to democratize the design and production of robots generations beyond what is possible with off-the-shelf parts or hackable kits like LEGO’s Mindstorm. Following current trends in robot design, the prototypes CSAIL demonstrates in this video look far more arachnid than Robbie the Robot: these aren’t automatons that will make your grandmother a cup of tea, but they are impressive, sophisticated machines coming from a device that may be common in hacker- and makerspaces within a few years.

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