[ 3/15/17 ]
This is the build log for my first CNC machine based on the C-Beam Plate Maker. Plan is for the addition of limit switches, custom UI, and probably lots of learning.
I had been planning on building a CNC mill for a few years since I got my first 3D printer up and running and was ready to move from prototyping parts in plastic before cutting in metal. Finally pulled the trigger as I was tired of hearing my son complain about how I was complaining about not having the time! Project started in earnest with the arrival of 3 packages on the same day:
As I'm sure anyone who has used the Open Builds Parts Store already knows, they sure know how to pack a box! The other two were the controller board and stepper motors.
Having lost all semblance of patience I immediately dove in:
[ 3/24/17 ]
Finally got to the local lumber store to pick up some 1/2" MDF for the base/spoiler board. Hoping to get some time this weekend to finish the assembly of the last axis and the frame.
[ 3/25/17 ]
Got the MDF cut. For the mount plate (the bottom one) I am using 20mm M4 screws with M4 tee-nuts that are recessed so the spoiler board will lay flat on top.
[ 3/26/17 ]
Assembly mostly done. Waiting on wire, limit switches, a few other bits and pieces to start connecting the electronics.
Finally had a bit of time to temp wire up the electronics and see what happens.
Power distribution box for the mill side. There will be one at the control box side as well. Using STP wiring for interference reduction.
C-Beam Intro to CNC
Build log for my first CNC machine, a C-Beam Plate Maker
- Build License:
- CC - Attribution - CC BY
Reason for this BuildIt was the logical progression after the 3D printer. Of course it now has spawned visions of a CNC Lathe, a 4 or 5-axis mill, a laser cutter....where does it all end?
Inspired byThe original by Mark Carew - C-Beam™ Machine - Plate Maker
Qty Part Name Part Link Comments 1 C-Beam Machine Mechanical Bundle http://openbuildspartstore.com/c-beam-machine-mechanical-... Link All the hardware to get you started 1 16mm Thread 4 Pins Male Female Panel Connectors https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016FCZ5SS/ref=oh_aui_d... Link For Stepper power cables and limit switch cables between CNC and controller 1 Red Lamp Self Locking Emergency Stop Switch https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008LT2VH2/ref=oh_aui_d... Link Emergency stop switch 1 2.54mm JST-XHP JST Connector Kit https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MCZE2HM/ref=oh_aui_d... Link For JST connectors on controller card to stepper outputs 1 XH2.0mm XH2.54mm XH3.96mm Dupont D-Sub Crimper https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YGLKBSK/ref=oh_aui_d... Link Crimping tool for the JST contacts 1 Limit Switches https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MFRMFS6/ref=oh_aui_d... Link For X, Y and Z limit switches 1 30mm x 15mm Drag Chain https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M099ZQX/ref=oh_aui_d... Link For X-axis and Z axis wiring runs 1 Braided Wire Sleeving https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V3PQR08/ref=oh_aui_d... Link To clean up the look of the wiring runs 1 24V 15A 360W DC Universal Regulated Switching Powe https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IOK5FM0/ref=oh_aui_d... Link Power supply for stepper motors 1 Nema 23 CNC Stepper Motor 2.8A 179oz.in 56mm Bipol https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QG1ZF48/ref=oh_aui_d... Link Came in package of 3 for axis drive motors 1 Smoothieware MKS SBASE V1.3 32-Bit Controller https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FVT5VA8/ref=oh_aui_d... Link Controller card