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CNC routers and mills can perform several tasks for the Hackerspace. These are the rough categories:
- Very-high precision, small capacity machines for milling circuit boards
- High precision, medium capacity machines for milling aluminum and steel (eg Grizzly or Taig mini-mill)
- Large capacity machines for routing wood (4x8 foot or larger machines like ShopBots)
- Big knee mill which can do larger work and brutally nom its way through steel. (eg bridgeport)
Of the purposes mentioned here, a desk mill can fill niche (2). It can perform some (1) and (3) tasks if needed, but there should be better tools for those jobs. Soon™.
Usable 3-axis cutting: January 10th 2012
Useful 3-axis toolpath generation [CAM]: Feb 15th 2012
The mill works well, but needs better software and tooling.
- All the necessary parts are working together
- Machine parts and connectors are now Miller-spec
- The mill jogs at 57IPM without stalls or lost steps
- The mill cuts! Acrylic and Aluminum...
Improve software, add capabilities
- Acquire CAD/CAM software
- Purchase & install limit switches
- 4th A-axis table, could be over $600 extra!
- Hold-down system
- Mounting table
Pledges & Contributions
- Project Manager - Marshall V: $500 $1100 parts
- Software Lead - Paul B: $178.16 parts
- Hardware Lead - Danny Miller
- Contributor: Joe Saunders: $100
- Contributor: Pat: $100
- Contributor: Jeff: $100
- Contributor: Matt Ludlum: $100
- Contributor: Martin Bogomolni Gecko G540 $299
If you pledge, you will have a say in the machine bits purchased, and own a part of the tool for usage purposes.
Until such time as the Hackerspace can arrange purchase of this machine, it will be a hosted tool.