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Canadians produces 725 tonnes of e-waste annually. After seeing all of the electronics thrown away at my school, I am not surprised by this statistic. I believe that most thrown away electronics have a lot of hidden use. I wanted to prove this by building a machine entirely out of garbage.
After looking at the electronics that I hoarded...ahem...I mean collected, I realised I could build a CNC machine.
That's right, all of the components used in this project were thrown away. NO ARDUINO WAS USED TO RUN THE MACHINE! NO DRIVERS WERE PURCHASED TO CONTROL THE STEPPERS! All of the metal was salvaged from local scrap bins and all of the electronics came from my school's e-waste program. We did use some new solder, glue, and tape to put the machine together though.
The end result is a three axis cnc that can draw shapes on a wipe board. The CNC has 1.5 in of play in all directions.
I hope that this project demonstrates the enormous advantages of up-cycling and free-cycling.
- All of the components used in this project were thrown away; except for glue, tape, solder, and some wire.
- I based the design off of what I found whilst dumpster diving. Your design will vary depending on your luck. Read the whole documentation first to get a general idea.
- Eventually I want to turn this CNC made out of garbage into a 3D printer made out of garbage.
- Building a CNC made from new parts would take less time and produce better results.
- This project was started to prove that thrown away electronics have a lot of potential.
- The purpose of this project is to show the benefits of up-cycling and free-cycling
Watch the video for a good cover!