I have been looking at a bunch of web sites about CNC and its related functions. You can find the same plans and follow along with my build progress by going to CNC Zone and downloading them from the downloads section. If you need Acrobat Reader you can get it free from Adobe's Website. You can also get the plans as zipped DXF files from there as well. The image you see to the left was obtained from Thunterman's website and shows what the finished machine should look like. I would encourage you to take a look at Thunterman's website, you can see pictures of his machine and video of it's first cut.
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This project describes how to make a CNC computer numerical control machine that could be used to make guitar parts. CNC may not always be the most efficient way to make guitar parts a band saw and pin router is often the most sensible way to do guitar woodwork but they are a flexible way to convert complicated 3D computer designs into reality. A good discussion about the role of CNC in guitar making was posted over at project guitar.
As well as the machine you will need a computer with CAD computer aided design and CAM computer aided manufacturing software as well as a program to drive the CNC machine. This project is in progress and I will post the steps as I go along. I just started my JGRO build this week and was very happy to have found your site. The expierence and insight will surley be a big help. I visit CNCzone often and am currently weighing the "upgrades".
Can you post some cuts you've completed? CNCzone is the definitely the place to go for the best advice. I probably could have persevered with the skateboard bearings carefully adjusting them, but I got some cheap linear bearings for the Y and Z axes so I just changed to those. If you look at step 13 of this how-to project, the second generation gantry was all cut out by the machine.
If you can get ACME or trapezoidal threaded rod I would definitely go with that instead of the quarter inch all-threaded rod for the lead screw. But the basic desgin is sound, and will work without modifications: its a good way to learn the basics of CNC.
Skip to main content. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step Hi Sabo CNCzone is the definitely the place to go for the best advice. But the basic desgin is sound, and will work without modifications: its a good way to learn the basics of CNC Nathan. Step 1.
JGro DIY CNC router
To enable further projects, I decided a while ago that building a CNC router would be a great idea. This would allow me to cut wooden bits for projects and engrave circuit boards. It also features metal pipes and skate bearings for the linear rails, which are simple and cheap but subject to slight flexing under load. Still, for a cheap home built machine, this is not too much of a problem. The other parts I needed were:.
JGRO Router Build