Step 4: Finished and Test Cut

The final step is to make a test cut. I made a test cut of my logo into pine. The software I use is Google SketchUp to design it and then a plugin to convert it into g-code and Mach3 to control it. The total cost of this CNC was about $700.

Here you can view a video of my first test cut:
<p>hi Kyle,</p><p>I went to <a href="http://www.buildyourcnc.com/" rel="nofollow">WWW.BUILDYOURCNC.COM</a>,, to get the plans for the 24&quot; x 48&quot; CNC</p><p> Router. They are no longer available from that site. Instead they are offering a kit for m$2567.00. I was looking to build one from plans for way less then that. Any chance of directing me to such plans?</p><p>I enjoyed your Instruct able, and it was the answer I needed to get int CNC. Can you help me??</p><p>Regards,</p><p>Ken</p><p>thonlyone@gmail.com</p>
How easy is it to programme the router to the pc or cutting software? Cheers
<p>Could you provide the sketchup file if you still have it?</p>
<p>Could you add a schematic about wiring break board and step driver?</p>
<p>Could you use this to cut the pieces needed for a wikihouse? Would you need a biger rig?</p>
Private movie?
<p>templates for cnc</p><p>http://artforcnc.com/</p>
<p>What is weight of x-axis assembly of CNC in this instructable?</p>
<p>Perhaps a dumb question here, but you could theoretically expand the design as large as you wanted right? like say if I wanted to make a 48&quot; x 48&quot; instead?</p>
<p>Good. I like it</p>
<p>I see the nice way you've got the bearings on the top runners, how about the tension? Have you made it adjustable? As in, maybe sprung loaded bearings on the bottom?</p><p>A nice instructable, I'm looking at putting something this size together, I'm using a Zen 7x7 at the mo. I don't need super critical tolerances, it's machining wood, +- 1mm is plenty good enough for me.</p><p>Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>i would like to know can i make one to cut envelops</p>
<p>Verry good. I like and need it</p><p>http://www.kizi2x.com/</p>
<p>Nice work. Just getting started on my own, and you gave me some great ideas! Cheers!</p>
Great. Wonder what are the cart dimensions? How high mainly. Just curious.
That is some good work, man! If you get a chance, let me know what you think of my design.
I wonder if you can cut out an oathkeeper keyblade from Kingdom hearts. I built the oblivion key using a jigsaw and dremel but it looks kinda amateur-ish. 42&quot; by ~16&quot;
What steps do you take to keep dust/sawdust, etc. from getting into the PC? I would be concerned about the PC being so close to the CNC table.
I keep PCs in my garage. Every now and again I blow the dust out of them. They put up with it pretty well. Better than I would have thought they could.
You could use a Dirt Bag http://dirtbag.biz/
Good work, Kyle! Welcome to the addiction. What do you plan to make with your new CNC?
Mainly signs, but I am going to explore other things it can make.

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