Anyone ever look into building a CNC machine?

ruckstande

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I've been thinking about building a CNC machine to tinker around with using http://openbuilds.org. I want to try hobbying around and maybe sell some stuff on Etsy or something for extra cash. The issue In having though is where to even begin. There's so much info and its all very confusing. I was wondering if any of you folks ever looked into this.
 

gleet

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Cnc what? Router, printer, mill?
 

gleet

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Anything essentially however I'm really looking at routers.
I have a cnc jr. Vertical mill that is a Chinese table mill that a guy added stepper motors on all 3 axis and a controller. It uses g code and I ran it with a 386. Made a shitload of stuff for years. Haven't used it in years but I rectum it still works if the 386 will boot up. They probably sell a more modern software peckidge by niw.

I used a router in school. Made the design they wanted in the 6 inch Plywood square then programmed it to carve bullshit. Ahh, simple pleasures.

I'm starting to look at a cnc plasma torch. These hayseeds can't get enough of cowboys and horsies cut into steel.
 

ruckstande

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I have Solidworks and just want to try and make shit. If someone isn't technical like me is a site like openbuilds.org for me? I'm worried about getting started, buying a bunch of crap then giving up.
 
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Yes but you need a CNC machine to build it.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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I have Solidworks and just want to try and make shit. If someone isn't technical like me is a site like openbuilds.org for me? I'm worried about getting started, buying a bunch of crap then giving up.
There is the 2000$ question, I've toyed around with the idea of getting a CNC mill or a 3D printerbut I just don't think that I could justify spending the money, I suck with software and know little about machine tools. I still might get a three in one machine. I think a build at home 3D printer might be an option
 

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School isn't a bad idea if you are serious, try it out there first
 
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I'd prob talk to a tool and die maker... preferably and older European one.
 
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That's not doable sadly.
Ya my buddy is a mold maker... but prob hasn't made one for years as he basically goes to mainland China to source them. Said for what he spends getting one done here he can get three done there. Even though the quality isn't the same but who cares if one breaks just put one of the other ones in production. Also he a small "shop" there prob has 5,000 employees... basically 5,000 people who do one thing. Like one guy all he does is grinding.. or CAD shit etc...
 

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I've been thinking about building a CNC machine to tinker around with using http://openbuilds.org. I want to try hobbying around and maybe sell some stuff on Etsy or something for extra cash. The issue In having though is where to even begin. There's so much info and its all very confusing. I was wondering if any of you folks ever looked into this.
You mean like a Music Factory?
 
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Not so much CNC but did run across a company that can build 3D printing applications per your design at: shapeways.com they can then sell the product for you while you collect a commission.

Probably a slightly better deal than purchasing a shitty 3D printer for selling commercial products.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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Not so much CNC but did run across a company that can build 3D printing applications per your design at: shapeways.com they can then sell the product for you while you collect a commission.

Probably a slightly better deal than purchasing a shitty 3D printer for selling commercial products.
I think my wife's cousin is involved with that company, they farm work out to people with 3D printers, I think he is a "partner"
 

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Ive been watching some you tube videos of CnC router setups did anyone finally do this yet?