Currently these pages are being used to support my beta builders of the CNC Construction Set. 

Please note that the beta program is closed. I will be offering the initial books at a reduced rate for a limited time.

 

What is the CNC construction set?

The CNC Construction Set (CNCCS) is a CNC machine with a 15" x 28" travel. It is a machine you can build yourself, using the following books as a guide.

The machine is designed to accomidate various CNC operations such as:

  • CNC Plasma Cutter (Shown on the Left)

  • CNC Router or VFD controlled Spindle

  • CNC Laser Engraver

  • CNC Drag Knife

  • CNC Pen Plotter

  • CNC Plate Marker

The CNC Construction Set features a removable Z-carriage. This allows for Z-carriages that are better designed to suit the type of operation you are performing.

The following is a list of the current workbooks I am working on.

Volume 1

CNC Construction Set Volume 1 : Frame and Carriages

This volume covers the main frame as well as the the X, Y, and Z carriages.

Status: Second Draft Complete, In final build test.

 

Volume 2

CNC Construction Set Volume 2: ACME Drive Components

This volume covers the addition of the drive system using ACME screws.

Requirements: Volume 1

Status: First Draft Complete, In Beta Builds

 

Volume 2b

CNC Construction Set Volume 2: Rack and Pinion Drive Components

This volume covers the addition of the drive system using R&P drives.

Requirements: Volume 1

Status: TBA

 

Volume 3

CNC Construction Set Volume 3: Basic Electrics

This volume covers the hookup and configuration of the steppers motors using the UC100 motion controller, G540 and Mach3.

Requirements: Volume 1, (2 or 2b)

Status: First Draft Complete, In Beta Builds

 

Volume 3b

CNC Construction Set Volume 3b: Advanced Electrics

This volume covers the hookup and configuration of the steppers motors using the UC300ETH motion controller, G540, and Mach3.

Requirements: Volume 1, (2 or 2b)

Status: In Que

 

Volume 4

CNC Construction Set Volume 4: Essential Upgrades

This volume covers upgrades like Dragchain, Estop, Mounting the Layout board, Xbox Controller, and others

Requirements: Volume 1, (2 or 2b). (3 or 3b)

Status: In Progress

 

Volume 5

CNC Construction Set Volume 5: Router Hookup

This volume covers the hookup, control and testing of a router on your CNC.

Requirements: Volume 1, (2 or 2b). (3 or 3b)

Status: In Que

 

Volume 5b

CNC Construction Set Volume 5b: VFD Spindle Hookup

This volume covers the hookup, control and testing of a VFC Controlled Spindle.

Requirements: Volume 1, (2 or 2b). (3 or 3b)

 Status: In Que

 

Volume 6

CNC Construction Set Volume 6: Tables

This volume covers the addition of a removable table system for the CNC.

Requirements: Volume 1, (2 or 2b). (3 or 3b)

Status: In Que

 

 

Volume 7

CNC Construction Set Volume 7: Plasma CNC

This volume covers the the basic table design, as well as the hookup and control of an Everlast power plasma cutter.

Requirements: Volume 1, (2 or 2b), (3 or 3b)

Status: In Que

 

Volume 8

CNC Construction Set Volume 8: Plasma Upgrades

This volume covers the addition of a floating head, as well  hookup and configuration of the Plasma Arc OK feature. It also covers the down draft system.

Requirements: Volume 1, (2 or 2b), (3 or 3b), 7

Status: In Que

 

Volume 9

CNC Construction Set Volume 8: CAP04 Torch Height Control

This volume covers the addition of a CAP04 THC. The CAP04 is a capacitance based torch height controller.

Requirements: Volume 1, (2 or 2b). 3b, 7

Status: In Que

 

Volume 9b

CNC Construction Set Volume 8: Voltage based Torch Height Control

This volume covers the addition of a voltage controlled THC.

Requirements: Volume 1, (2 or 2b). 3b, 7, 8

Status: TBA

 

 

 

Please note that some of the volumes may be moved around.  They are not set in stone. In addition some of them my be presented as web content.

Much will depend on volume sizes and my beta builders feedback.