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Step 11: Mount the slides to the rails

Cut the ACME rods using a hacksaw- make sure to clean up the ends of the threads where you cut the rod. Use some wood blocks or a cloth wrapped around the thread when holding the ACME rod in a vise for cutting so you don't damage the threads. File a flat spot onto the last 1/2" of the ACME rod- this is so you can mount the handles (or stepper motors) later.

Mount the slides by removing each of the end rail blocks. Slide the slides onto the rails and fit the ACME rod into the bushing in the opposite rail block. Slip the retaining collar over the ACME rod. Now slide the end rail block into place and secure it with the bolts that were removed.

Mount the 6" x 2 3/4" plywood motor base plate to the Z axis slide using 3/4" long bolts. Make sure it is square!

<p>Hello</p><p>Nicely done and impressive construction and design.</p><p>Does demonstrate though just how many other resources and skills are required.</p><p>I want to do something like this eventually to do PCB's by laying down an inked etch resist and drilling afterwards. I used professionally a Versatronics robot arm to do the same with excellent results. The software was EasyPC with a Gerber output. If using micro solid tungsten carbide drill bits, the stability of the drill holder is paramount unless you have deep pockets. I like the idea of separating drill motor and solid-looking mandrel - any attempt to do anything less is going to result in writing off very expensive bits.</p>
I LOVE THIS! So impressed with your hand drawn exploded views.. I'm gonna try it in my designs.<br>Also, I've been searching for plans to make my own mill using a treadmill motor, and this gives me so much help. I'm going to use this as my basis.<br>thank you!
<p>can i use 3 axis controller here sir thanks im making one as a school project :)</p>
Of course! Any 3 axis controller will work.
<p>can i use the ones can be found at ebay the router kits ? with bot drivers and motor ?</p>
<p>Pretty much any 3 axis controller with NEMA 23 stepper motors will work.</p>
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<p>can i use this one sir ?</p>
<p>can i use 3 axis controller on this one sir ?</p>
<p>can i use 3 axis controller on this one sir ?</p>
<p>please can you suggest me what outcome is possible after making this machine</p>
You can mill small parts in wood and plastics but not metal.
<p>Hello, <br>At the moment, I'm making a CNC machine to drill PCBs's holes but I'm having some problems related calibration because the measures from the gerber file (.drd) are in millimeters and I need to adjust it for the maximum resolution (X, Y) of the my machine. My work area is 208mm X 284mm and I'm using labview software to control this plant. Can you help me ? My address e-mail is: fabio.pinheiro.mail@gmail.com</p>
Unfortunately I don't have any experience with this or Labview. Have you tried the CNCZone forums? That's honestly probably the best place to go to get help with your problem.
awesome project<br>
<p>What happened to your new milling cnc?<br>you only posted one picture of it (in construction status)</p><p>I am trying to make one... some ideas of yours? advices? pictures of yours?</p>
I'm still working on it- LOL! It got pushed on the back burner as I've been working on so many other projects. I'll eventually finish it. :)
<p>can anyone please help me out with the details of electronics part??</p><p>i have purchased sanguino controller which uses atmega644p, but have no idea how to interface it with stepper motor (nema17). also we will be using eaglecad, pcb-gcode wizard and pronterface software(s) to make the pcb design, convert it in gcode and send the gcode to the controller respectively.</p><p>someone suggested us to use L293D stepper motor driver but we are not sure how to interface it with sanguino controller.</p><p>we are quite clear about the mechanical section but are unsure of the electronics one.</p><p>kindly help me out.</p>
How long did you spend on this project? I'm trying get approval from my boss to build one of these for our prototyping workshop, he likes the component cost but wants to know how many labor hours I would spend building it .
Maybe a couple of weeks at least? It's hard for me to remember since I built it a while ago.
what a beautiful machine~ i love it. maybe i'll make one~ I have a old printer, maybe i can use it~
Can u please tell me the spindle's minimum requirements for milling jewelry wax? I am building a cnc router for making master models from wax. The motor is 50watts 2500rpm 220volts. You have used 12v motor, how many watts is it and amperage?
Wax is really easy to mill. A motor this size, or anything over an amp or two should be able to handle it easily.
I have already bought a spindle motor from china and with proper settings it can handle even aluminum. It is 12-48v 300w 12000rpm with ER11 collet.
I no longer have that motor since I am building a new machine. 50 watts@2500 rpm sounds pretty low unless you are using a very small cutter at high rpm. The problem with using very small cutters at high rpm is vibration- minimizing vibration in the spindle is very important.<br> <br> Have a look at this thread for building a low cost variable speed spindle using a RC brushless motor-<br> <a href="http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1175772&page=2" rel="nofollow">http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1175772&amp;page=2</a>
Awesome mill Honus! Did you figure out how accurate it turned out to be? I imagine it is only as accurate as the tools you used to build it with. I already have a tabletop manual mill, now you gave me the idea to try and make it a cnc mill for easy operation. Thanks so much for taking the time to document this for the community.
After trying to mill circuit boards I just wasn't satisfied with the results so I started building a new CNC that is much more rigid- plus it will print 3D parts as well.
What are the dimensions of the extruded aluminum?
The extrusions measure 1&quot;x3&quot; and 2&quot;x4&quot;. I really need to get going on this again...
Any instructable on this?
No yet- I'm still working on it.
how much did the linear rails cost<br>
I don't remember the exact amount since I got them a year ago but I think they were around $600.
The word is &quot;Torx&quot;. :)
Yes- but most every wood screw company labels them as &quot;Star&quot; drive screws- I didn't want people saying &quot;I can't find Torx screws- I can only find Star screws.&quot; LOL!
I recently obtained two small motors from a vacuum cleaner. one is about the size of a roll of Kodak film, the other is larger than a film canister. This also came with a 6V power supply. Seeing as how the vacuum cleaner didn't do well after years of use, could i use the motors for making my own mill or lathe? or maybe some other tools?
I honestly have no idea. Without having some specs on the motors it's impossible to say.
can u teach me how to program..?
Sorry but I can't. You might have a look at CNCzone.com.
good and useful idea
Good link for CNC supplies.<br><br>http://www.kelinginc.net/
Cool. I noticed you had issues with accuracy with your build and started a much more expensive one. I was wondering if the slides were where you think yo lost accuracy. I was wondering to make the oversize and shim them to suit while using bolts through the outisde face of the aluminum to maintain the parallel integrity.
Here are my x &amp; y slides retained on the spacer from the outside. I plan on making my delrin a bit oversize and shimming my rails to suit.
Progress with larger spacers due to my different aluminum C-Channel. Anyone need the old ones?
That looks great! Are the spacers Aluminum?
yes. I have some resources that you don't ; )
It seems my aluminum c-rails are 1/8&quot; wall thickness instead of the called for 1/16. I am wondering if I need the plywood for the y-axis slide. It seems pretty rigid. I guess the design of the y-axis backlash mechanism would have to change to suit also....hmmmmmmm....
It probably won't be rigid enough without a base for the Y axis and the slide will bind under load. One thing you could do about the backlash mechanism is to use Delrin nuts for the lead screws instead as they take up a lot less space. Dumpster CNC sells them-<br> <a href="http://www.dumpstercnc.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.dumpstercnc.com/</a>
It actually had more to do with rigidity and vibration- that's why the new machine build is all aluminum and uses very rigid slides. The most difficult thing with this build is making sure the slides don't have any slop in them while still being able to slide with as little resistance as possible.

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