Final CNC router / engraver

 

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06 June 2007 : My Gecko G203v stepper drivers
from www.geckodrive.com

with my new interface card



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The interface files :
Gecko interface schematic.pdf
Gecko interface PCB.pdf

 

 24 August 2006 : Rotary table - pen engraving


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My rotary table in action while it's engraving a pen :

My rotary table in action (1)
My rotary table in action (2)

 
 

14 July 2006 : The 19" box

After a long time, I placed all the electronics in a nice 19" box. No more mess ...
I also made a interface between the stepperdrivers and the PC's parallel port with opto-couplers.

    

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27 March 2006 : New table
 

This table is much lighter than the solid previous one,
so I can drive the machine faster without lossing steps and it's easier to clamp pieces on it.
I found it on Ebay : T-Nutenplatte 270x19x1000 Neuware CNC

 

11 January 2006 : First PCB engraved with the new Floating head.
 

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PCB engraving with floating head
PCB drilling with floating head

   

 

05 January 2006 : New Kavo K9 engraving spindle with a new Floating head design !!
 

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03 September 2005 : Milling WindTurbine blades

I like alternative power. I found this WindTurbine blade design (diameter = 1m)


http://www.smallwind.co.uk/

http://www.windstuff.org/

 
 
 

 
 
 


Windturbine blade milling (1)         Windturbine blade milling (2)

  
Windturbine blade milling (3)

 

 

29 August 2005 : First Double sided PCB engraving

Not bad for this first time, but there are some isolation channels with burrs (see detail).
Maybe the bad bearings in the Dremel ?

 

14 August 2005 : First 3D milled part

3D modelling form a 2D GIF-picture


Original logo file



Relief Model


 
finishing milling pass



the setup



end Result

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This logo is from the Diving Team 'Medusa Gent' : http://www.duikteam-medusa.be/

3D logo milling

 

 

03 August 2005 : First engraved PCB


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PCB engraving
PCB drilling

  

 

30 July 2005 : Floating Engraving Spindle


   

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I attached a second slider on the Z-axis. This slider is forced down with 2 springs and is upwards floatable. This flotation allows constant depth engraving across the material surface even when the material is not perfectly flat. The engraving depth is adjustable with a precision screw ring.

The amazing result.

Floating spindle TEST

 

 

22 July 2005 : Engraving example

   
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Butterfly engraving

 

 

Mach2 MeanScreenDump
Mach2 ToolPathScreenDump

The Butterfly-Files :
Original picture : butterfly.gif
After vectorisation : butterfly.dxf

HPHL-Plotfile : butterfly.plt
G-code file after importing in Mach2 : butterfly.tap

 

04 July 2005

Yes, it works !!!

   

 

Work area XYZ : 550 x 180 x 90 mm
Ball Screws : 4 mm/Rev - 3200 Steps/Rev ( 1/4 microstep mode).
Mechanical resolution on all axis : 0,005 mm
The stepmotor drivers (step/dir) are controlled with
Mach2.

Mach2 is a 45 kHz 6-Axis CNC-machine Controller for Win XP and 2000
http://www.machsupport.com/

 

21 June 2005

 

 

Z-axis construction

 

 

New XY-table (500 x 280 mm)

 

06 May 2005 : Original Machine

 

 


Links :

Everything about Selfmade CNC Engraving Machines :
http://engraving.majosoft.com/

Plotter and engraving site :
http://www.luberth.com/cstep/

 

 

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Last page update : 23 December 2007