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Introduction CNC Build Guide
So if you have made your way to this page you must have decided or considering building your personal CNC router.
So where are we going to start?
There are hundreds of reasons for owning your very own CNC router.
DIY CNC routers can pretty much cut and shape any material as long as they are built to do so.
For the general hobbyist or weekend DIY Guru, This can open literally tonnes doors, and open up your product capabilities.
Building your own CNC is great news for your wallet as the build cost is far less than that if you brought one.
And the truth is you can build one as good or if not better than anyone you could find pre-done. Building one is not difficult either and with this guide, it will be even easier to complete an awesome end product.
You also get a great deal more freedom in designing your own, you can design a CNC machine that fits perfectly to your own personal needs.
Many people choose to design and build their own CNC machine, one main reason is buying a machine ready to go is extremely expensive and may not fully fit your requirements.
Or you may just like getting to know the “inns and out’s” of how they work how they go together.
There is such a large learning curve to it and it makes you feel humble knowing you know every aspect of your machine because you designed it built it and run it.
Make My Ideas Experience
When we first set out the challenge of designing and building our first CNC machine, we thought we had it all worked out but issues and questions soon arose.
Simple questions and issues like:
What is the difference between supported and unsupported rain which do I need.
What to build my machine with will it be sturdy enough
do I need servos or steppers
And a lot more…
Due to working in the CNC industry and having a good general interest in engineering I could eliminate a few of these issues.
Luckily an engineer of one of the machines I use had been tinkering around for years building his own personal CNC router.
I gain a lot of wisdom from him and learn a lot from the mistakes he had made along the way.
I also read through hundreds of threads relating to my issues, on many different forums like CNCzone.com, Which is a great resource of information.
The only Problem with the forum is that most of the answers I got to my question kinda contradicted so I still didn’t have closure on my questions.
In the end, I was just buying what I thought was right and trying it out sometimes this worked fine other times I’d end up with a lot of stuff that wasn’t any good for anything, thankfully eBay became handy sell unwanted parts and also finding a few components second hand to test.
This was a very good learning curve as I got to see how a lot of parts worked why they didn’t work and how I could possibly implement them into possible future projects.
CNC Machine Kits and Designs
You can find many kits online at the various website but I am yet to find one that would cover all my needs they seem very limited in design features and you could have a lot of issues in add additional parts onto them.
Another problem with a kit is you are not going to fully understand how they work and how key components work.
But if you want to be fully aware of how a CNC machine works then following through all the information on this site and designing and build your own fantastic machine is the best option you have.
If you still not wanting to design one but build it we will be putting together a few plans that will be fully documented with Videos going over the design procedure, a base more with room to add on key essentials to meet your needs.
And if none of the plans meets what you have in mind you can contact us and we can put your idea into a design for you.
In The Guide
What will you find in this guide, hopefully, everything you need to know and more that is our aim?
After years in the industry I have been able to pick up a vast understanding of these machines and their capabilities and their failings, Plus I have been fully trained in the use of SolidWorks and all of its functions so designing and spotting their flaws before it makes it to the build phase and wasting money in the long run.
So with all of the above, the guide is aimed at saving you the unwanted waste of time and money from possible design, material and components decisions.
So what’s to be covered literally everything will be covered, why because I even made mistakes when I come down to bolt selection on one of my builds.
We will cover the Pros and Cons to every component you will be considering.
At the start, you think of these machines as 3, 4, or 5 axis machines but at the end, you will realise that there’s more there’s the mechanics the physics the software plus the rest.
Even if you have already started a design I will say you must read through the guide as you might pick up on some issues or even a little idea that will drastically improve your design.
By the end, you will have so much information to make the perfect machine that will be able to cover everything you original design it to do.
Time to Get Started with the CNC Build
In this section we will cover.
Identifying the right design for you
Required cutting area