In this project we will scavenge parts from old PC CD-Rom(s) and build a fully working CNC machine using (basically any type of) Arduino which would run on G-Code.
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Step 1: Parts Needed
- Arduino Nano x1
- Easydrivers by Sparkfun x 3
- CD-Rom drives x 3
- Jumper Wires x 20
- Spacers and Washers
- Dc Jack Male x 1
- (5v ; 2.1 A) Power Adapter x 1
Step 2: Software Needed
- Universal G-Code Sender
- Maker CAM
Step 3: Creating the Axis
First of all you have to assemble your CD-Rom(s) so they are mutually perpendicular to each other and thus form 3 axis namely X, Y and Z.
Step 4: Connecting All the Components
Now just follow the following circuit diagram to connect your Easydrivers, Motors and Arduino.
Step 5: Uploading the Hex File
Next upload the given HEX file onto your Arduino using XLoader
Step 6: Arduino - Universal G-code Sender
Now open Universal G-code Sender and connect your Arduino.
Step 7: Setting the Correct X, Y, Z Step Dimensions
Now go to Settings > Firmware Settings > GRBL.
These are the X, Y and Z Step Dimensions for my machine (yours may vary).
Step 8: Generating and Sending the G-Code
Now you can browse for the G-Code (I have used InkScape to generate G-Code) file and send it to the Arduino
Step 9: And It's Done
Your CNC Machine should now start printing.
For a final complicated test print go to: