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

 

What is the CNC construction set?

The CNC Construction Set (CNCCS) is a CNC machine with a 15" x 25" 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: First Draft Complete, In Beta Builds

 

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 In Progresss

 

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: In QUE

 

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: 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 4b

CNC Construction Set Volume 4: 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: TBA

 

Volume 5

CNC Construction Set Volume 5: Tables

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

Requirements: Volume 1, (2 or 2b). (3 or 3b), (4 or 4b)

Status: In Que

 

Volume 6

CNC Construction Set Volume 6: Basic Upgrades

This volume covers the addition of some basic upgrades.  These upgrades to include:

  • Limit Switches
  • Depth Probe
  • Remote Estop
  • Xbox 360 Jog Controller
  • E-Chain

Requirements: Volume 1, (2 or 2b). (3 or 3b), (4 or 4b), 5

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 volums may be moved around.  They are not set in stone.

Much will depend on workbooks size and my beta builders feedback.