I built a large (18 x 24 inch cut area) CNC Router with the goal of making custom cabinet doors for my garage cabinets. The machine worked ok, but I did not feel comfortable using it for the cabinet doors. It is way to sloppy to get the precision I need.
I am currently using an Arduino Uno and a gShield for the controller. I will be upgrading to a TinyG controller.
The Frame for the C-Beam is mostly done, just waiting for C-Beam Linear Actuators to be back in stock.
I was able to use the old MDF machine to make the Acrylic sides as shown in the C-Beam build video.
[ 2/11/2017 ]
I have pretty much finished my C-Beam Plate Maker. It has done several successful cuts, and I am really happy with how it performs.
I did a couple of mods to the Y axis spoiler board to help stabilize it. I also raised the spoiler enough to clear the end of the Y axis and motor to gain a bit more cut area.
Added wheels to the outside of the Y axis C-Beam to help firm up the spoiler board
A few pictures of some parts I have cut so far. I was going to add to outrigger wheels under the spoiler board, but after adding the 4 extra wheels to the C-Beam it really firmed it up.
These are the plates I was going to use:
I also made a few hold down clamps for the spoiler board:
A mount for the laser that mounts to the OpenBuilds router mount. I just remove the router and front plate of the mount and replace it with the laser and mount.
That's about it for the C-Beam. I am now looking into building a 3d printer using some customs plates I am making and V-Slot.
2-18-2017 -- Laser First Test Video
RSW's C-Beam Build
I built a CNC Router using 3/4 MDF, 1/8 aluminum angle for bearing races and various other odds and ends. I learned a lot about how not to build a CNC router. I found Openbuilds.com and decided to build a C-Beam for my first build. The long term idea is to use this machine to build custom plates for and OX type machine and a 3d printer.
- Build License:
- CC - Attribution - CC BY