Friday, 10 April 2015

First cut with my CNC

I just couldn't wait to completely finish the building of my CNC and felt I had to try it out, not only with writing, like I did a few days ago, but also milling something. I picked up a piece of plastic, fixed it to the table and ran a surfacing program. The CNC seems to work nicely, nothing exploded and nothing fell off. The results aren't as expected, since the surface is really bad, but depends on the material, that plastic isn't really mill-able and even cutting it with a circular drill cutter, or a hand saw results in rough surface as you can see a bit in the video where my DIY hand wheels are shown.

Anyway, I am pretty happy with the results so far, and hopefully by next weekend the CNC will be completely ready, with proper feet, protection cover and all the instruments in place. In the meantime, here is a short video from yesterday.


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    1. Thanks a lot. Yes, it was a great joy to see it running, first time with some CD writing and second time with real milling, even if this did not result in the nice surface I am aiming at.