Step 3: Level Up

The next platform up contains the X axis.  It is constructed similarly to the base, but with dimensions of 1.25" by 2.75", and the rails are raised up.  On the base of this level, two sockets are fixed that slide on the rails of the base.  The sockets are short segments of dowel which have been drilled out and have a piece of brass tubing in them.
I really like that you were able to use basic materials you could find laying around the house to build an simple vertical mill. Anything can be purchased, but for the DIY project, your evolving efforts could lead to a very professional system while also learning a great many skills during development. <br> <br>I could see this as a 3/16&quot; plywood kit that could be sold for educational purposes. <br> <br>My personal favorite for a DiY CNC Vertical Mill: made from computer parts <br>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=Hlzs03bJD3E <br> <br>The low-cost alternative for small-travel parts (~$60): <br>http://www.harborfreight.com/5-inch-drill-press-milling-vise-94276.html <br> <br>Low-cost complete CNC xyz systems: <br>http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/mini-cnc-router-2518.html <br>and many other sources to include those built in the USA
From this you can build parts for a plastic-based milling machine. <br> <br>From the plastic based machine the parts for a metal-based machine can be built. <br> <br>From the metal-based machine the scaling up to a larger machine, and optional CNC machine can be constructed. <br> <br>Nice work, well done.
add stepper motors to that lead screws and have a cnc choclate engraver. then sell custom engraved choclate bars
Ideal for drilling holes in PCB for IC's
Nice project. The discussion of a CNC mill at the beginning is a tad misleading. Just thought you might want to know that.
Good project
nice build - will the next stage be to add stepper motors and connect to your PC??
I don't think so. As cool as that would be, I doubt I'd be able to do so with out doing some major modifications to parts of the design. Also, I don't know of any stepper controllers small enough for this project.
use servo motors, they are small and strong, also easy to control them.<br>
Why does the controller have to be small? Use the guts from an old 3-in-one printer/scanner/fax for the steppers AND circuitry. There is a good &quot;ible&quot; for just this idea.
I just think it would be a little silly to have to lug around a stepper controller that is twice the size of the actual milling machine. Not that this is the most practical device anyways...
There is an &quot;ible&quot; on making a desktop mill from plumbing. It also details a controller ripped out of a printer. The controller is about the size of a large cellphone.
This one?<br>http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-to-Build-Desk-Top-3-Axis-CNC-Milling-Machine/<br><br>If that's the one you are talking about, the controller is not from a printer:<br>http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-to-build-CNC-Mill-Stepper-Motor-and-Driver-ci/<br><br>it uses the parallel port from a printer, but that's it.
Poorly phrased it uses the COMPUTERS port and the controller chips from a printer. Anyway free parts and very small controller.
The instructables I linked to never mentions the use of controller chips from a printer... and it is obviously not &quot;ripped out of a printer&quot; like you said, because he has pictures of the circuit board he etched himself.
The CHIPS were ripped out of a printer.
you could always buy a HobbyCNC Easy driver board, (only $60 and the board is like 3&quot; x 3&quot;)<br><br>source: www.hobbycnc.com
I made a similar device to this for use with my MakerBot Cupcake CNC 3D printer, the software suports both deposition and machining, as it's normal use is as a ABS Plastic Deposition 3D printer, however, using designs such as http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1897 or http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2071 it's pretty easy to add a dremel, letting you do subtractive machining as opposed to the additive process used by the extruder...<br><br>-Z
Nicely done! I like how you printed the fitting for it with the MakerBot.
You (or your school) don't happen to be a part of FIRST, do you?
No, I'm not. We don't really have the budget for FIRST, so we've done VEX for the last two years.
Hi!<br><br>I looked at the picture and an old joke came to my mind:<br><br>The first Soviet electronic wrist watch is being showed at an international exhibition. A visitor: &quot;Nice watch! But, what's the idea with this truck behind?&quot;<br>The exhibitor: &quot;Well, you see, it's carrying the batteries...&quot; :)<br><br> This could definitely be &quot;World's Smallest Milling Machines&quot;, but, unfortunately, the tail is bigger than the dog.<br><br>I suggest installing a small high speed motor with a drill head on the machine.<br><br>Goog Luck!
Wow apple computers suck
Not when you get them for free, which I did.
You got what you paid for.
You got that for free? Woah. Lucky, you are!<br>If you can get any more, and want to sell, contact me. I am actually looking for one. Tell me the spec, and the price you want for it. Ill also pay shipping, ofc.
NO!!! There just not that good for gaming.
nice work!<br><br> now, how to attach your device to a stepper motor?
it's a lil bit rough but the main idea it's really cool :) i will ask my grandpa to build this for my dremel :) using steel :D good luck :)
I milled &quot;YUM&quot; into a chocolate bar for fun. The underline messed up the bottoms of the letters a bit, but it turned out okay:
nice jop my frind thax
it's incredible and seems simple!!, liked it!
YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU<br>Crank that milling machine
I really like this idea. I might attempt it and in keeping with the simplicity, add DC motors that are controlled via a joystick.
&quot;WORLDS SMALLEST MILLING MACHINE&quot; <br><br>Not even CLOSE!<br><br>You can buy a castings set for an ALL METAL horizontal milling machine from several sources which is LESS THAN 1/4 the size of this one! (they also have a lathe,shaper,drillpress,bench grinder etc. <br><br>Real functioning machines for metalworking.<br><br>I have also seen perfect fully functional scale models of Bridgeport machines WITH built-in cooling pumps and gooseneck lamps about HALF the size of your device.
I've seen the bridgeport ones, and they are not smaller:<br><br>http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/Jordan.htm<br><br>Could you post the link to the first one you mentioned? I'm curious to see how it was designed. <br><br>But anyways, the main purpose of the title is to catch peoples' attention. &quot;world's smallest milling machine&quot; is much more interesting a title than anything else I could think of.
You mean the one you saw at the Craftsmanship Museum was not smaller. The one made by my machining mentor and about 200 other people IS. <br><br>THE LINK TO CASTNGS FOR MICRO MACHINE TOOL CASTINGS:<br><br>http://cgi.ebay.com.sg/Live-Steam-Model-Milling-Machine-Casting-Set-MM1-/130392122809?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&amp;hash=item1e5bf9e5b9#ht_1495wt_1162<br>
One of the ones at the craftsmanship link said it was 'thought to be the world's smallest bridgeport machine' or something along those lines, so that's why I figured that. Thanks for the link, that machine's pretty cool. I'm not sure I understand how it works though, as it seems the milling bit would be parallel to the milling table, not perpendicular to it. Maybe it is a type I have never seen before. Lastly, do you happen to have any pictures of the mill your mentor made, or any similar ones? I'm interested in seeing the design.
If you do not count the TABLE that the mill is SITTIN ON then the BP you have been referring to is MUCH MUCH smaller than yours. Your X,Y translation stage is about FOUR TIMES the size of the mentioned machine. <br><br>The castings are for a horizontal milling machine. Yours is vertical.
Very nice! Please post a photo or video when you successfully make something with the mill.
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I like your base, but that headstock looks ultra flexy. I would suggest using the plywood here in the shape of a &quot; C&quot; where it is also the stand that your table sits on. Two parallel C's with everything else you have should make it a little more sturdy. <br><br>I really like your project, I like how you have it setup too, maybe one day we will running these things off our computer USB! LOL
It was flexy at first, bit this was fixed later on, when it was attached to the base- note the triangular supports.
Caveat: You do need to be concerned with how much side force you apply and how much &quot;runout&quot; the tool/bit has. <br><br>But KUDOS for executing. I've been toying with the idea of doing that with my Dremel drill press rig for a while now, only actually doing it NC.<br><br>Thanks for the kick in the pants!
It's already been said, but well worth repeating; very good.
Very nice. The first mill instructable I can actually make in my little apartment :)
Thin pieces of plywood can be found at www.woodcraft.com
Making it small, manual, and from such common materials makes this accessible to me in a way that has me looking much more closely at these machines and their possibilities. Very educational for me!<br><br>Do you have an example of something you've done with this little machine?
Doesn't Dremel already make one of these?

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