Apr 14 2016

Chinese CNC routers and low cost machines

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Chinese CNC routers and low cost machines

For some hobbyists the number one concern when looking for a CNC router is budget. CNC routers can revolutionize what you are able to do while woodworking but they can potentially be a very expensive investment. The average CNC router will likely run you between $4000 and $6000. However, changes in recent years have affected the market for Chinese CNC routers and low cost machines and routers. Higher numbers of people have begun purchasing CNC routers. As a result the number of different CNC routers available has increased while prices have decreased. It is tricky to find a CNC router for less than $1000 but not impossible (although you should not expect to find a machine and software for under $1000). Before buying cheaply consider what you will be using your CNC router for. This article will highlight three cheap CNC router that are good for light work. If you intend to work with heavier materials, like metal, you should look for a sturdier machine.

Zen CNC routers Chinese CNC routers and low cost machines

Zen CNC routers

The first machine is the CNC Carving Machine 12”x12”, from Zen Toolworks (http://4ax.org/E7) It is available directly on their website but they also sell through third parties like Amazon. This is the F8 version of the machine. The machine comes in a DIY kit with F8 leadscrews for all three axes. The frame is made from high density PVC board, linear bearings, steel guide rods and stainless steel leadscrews. The leadscrews also feature anti-backlash brass nuts. There is a Wiki website where you can find instructions on assembling the machine. This is not a complete kit. In order to get your machine fully up and running you will need a 3 Axis stepper motor driver, a spindle or cutter with mounting brackets and a DC power supply for both of those parts. You will also need a computer with a printer port and CNC control software.

CNC routers

Inventables cnc routers

Your second option is the Shapeoko. The Shapeoko was created thanks to funding from a Kickstarter and uses Makerslide extruded aluminum rails and delrin V bearing wheels. The basic kit (which includes only the mechanical parts) starts at $299 but you will be looking at a little over $1000 by the time you add all the needed parts together. Currently the Shapeoko 2 is available on Instructables.com ( http://4ax.org/fh ) but the Shapeoko 3 is currently in development and available for pre-order. The Shapeoko 2 is intended to use a Dremel tool for its spindle but a high speed spindle upgrade is also available. The free web app Easel can be used for software but you also have other options such as Inkscape, MakerCam and Universal G-Code-Sender.

 

Another Chinese CNC routers or low cost machines is the Shapeoko 3 has unique extrusions (instead of Makerslide) specifically designed for it. These new extrusions will be twice as large as Makerslides. It will also feature thicker steel plates, making for a sturdier machine. If you go with Shapeoko do a little research of your own and decide which version of the machine you will want.

Chinese CNC routers and low cost machines

Makesmith cnc routers

Lastly you might choose a machine called Makesmith. Marketed as “The Most Affordable Desktop CNC Router” and funded through Kickstarter, the kit was sold for only $295. Presently the Makesmith company is not making or selling any more kits, needing more time for research and development, but the Makesmith CNC router is an open source project. The designs for the machine and its software are openly available with details on their website (http://4ax.org/q9). If you want to build your own Chinese CNC routers and low cost machines from scratch and not just use a DIY kit this is definitely the cheapest option available to you. Regardless of which of these three options you choose you will still be able to save some money and get to work on your hobby.


Jun 20 2015

Hobby CNC projects Barbie doll shelf

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Hobby CNC projects Barbie doll shelf

okay so I am not really into playing with dolls or Barbie dolls (Hobby CNC projects) but I had an idea for a friend of mine who just had a daughter who absolutely loves these things. I’ve always saved money with my CNC machine making Christmas gifts, birthday gets, graduation gets and anything that can make myself. soap along these lines I decided to make my friend’s daughter a little shelf that she can add to a collection of Barbie dolls completely made from CNC machine and of course my ultimate plan is to share on my web site and hope you enjoy it too. but before I begin let me tell you it’s not easy to find plans for Barbie doll shelves on the Internet for free. I did find quite a bit of information on where to buy them how to import them and how they were made originally. this information didn’t help much because a woman to make it from scratch on my badog cnc machine in my spare time. Continue reading


May 15 2015

dxf 2d puzzle free file download and Wood jigsaw puzzle of chair

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Wood jigsaw puzzle of chair and free dxf 2d puzzle

 This is the 4th model I have made this month and in staying with my dollhouse furniture theme I thought that I would make quickly a simple chair with the least amount of pieces(dxf 2d puzzle). With my Badog CNC i could actually do this in 3d but i enjoy wood jigsaw puzzles and 2d-puzzle more and i feel that they have a certain feel that is warmer and educational. The chair started as usual with a small sketch then we imported it into the Badog cad software interface to quickly vectorize it by tracing the lines from what i had drawn. Here is a shot of the interface of the software.

 

chair outline on badog cad cam solution cad software (dxf 2d puzzle)

Chair outline on badog cad cam solution cad software. ready to cut with my cnc machine (dxf 2d puzzle)

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May 23 2014

Swiss company cnc shop popping up everywhere, do they know something we dont?

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Swiss company cnc shop popping up everywhere, do they know something we dont?

As you may have guessed i love wood jigsaw puzzles but they would not be possible without one of these cnc. i have just recently seen that there was quite a few cnc shop companies popping up in Switzerland(Swiss company cnc) and I though that this would be a great time to compare them. The major player is the swiss owned and operated manufacturer Badog CNC. The one and only original machine that was conceived in L’école d’ingénieurs et architectes a fribourg switzerland by a collaborator in the nanotechnologies studies.

So we will put that one down first(Swiss company cnc)

1. Badog CNC (8 years old and full time)

Swiss company cnc
Route Aliénor 1
1680 Romont FR Suisse
Inscription au registre du commerce: 22.07.2008

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Mar 28 2014

Wooden motorcycle puzzle project free dxf file

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Wooden motorcycle puzzle project and free dxf file!

I thought I would try my hand at a wooden motorcycle puzzle but i ran short of time and couldnt post the free dxf files here in this post. I will add them later to the download section or you can email me with your request.

Anyway here it is after a short study i decided to copy a honda cbx 250 dirtbike for this project. it turned ou pretty good but the pipe and the motor ar missing in the picture. until i get it up check this out here its not a wooden motorcycle but its pretts cool and allows you to practice a little if you have already a cnc machine. i did it in a couple minutes and you can too. but as for the motorcycle i promise i will get it out to you as soon as possible.

 

wooden motorcycle puzzle free dxf preview

wooden motorcycle puzzle free dxf preview

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