April 30, 2014 6 Comments
Well, I havnt really posted anything in a while due to being busy and such, so here’s an update.
The reprap prusa is finished, and runs really great, it actually runs better than my little printer alot of the time and gives better prints, but also pulls more power due to the heated bed. For now, I just have it unplugged and am using the old printer to print out parts for my cnc machine that Im making.
Im also making an aluminum forge which will be essential in making the cnc machine due to wanting metal mounting parts for high strength and reliability. Also due to the low payout for aluminum atm with recycling, it’ll be alot better to make my own parts that I need custom, and alot cheaper since I have alot of old computers, which the heatsinks, harddrive bottoms, platters, and a bunch of other stuff in them are all made with solid aluminum.
The cnc design that Im making is of my own design of printed parts, which Ill cast to aluminum, and 2×4 boards that I have on hand. after I get everything built, Ill try to upload it to thingiverse as usual. The design should be around 15x15x6 cutting area, and I kinda wanted it to cut stuff like thin wood, or acrylic (plexiglass) if I can. after the z axis is built, Ill try to find some way to make it into a quick release setup, and have it interchangable with a bluray laser assembly, which will be good for engraving pictures and cutting light wood or plastic also. (that’s the plan anyways, who knows if it’ll really work :P) The electronics are a custom board running polulu drivers attached to nema17 motors for x/y/z axis, and will contain an onboard gcode parser called grbl.
Im not really sure what Ill do with the cnc machine tbh, maybe use it as a cnc carver/engraver, I think that’s what they’re called, where you put a piece of wood on the bed and it cuts 3d pics out of it and such.
My old laptop also died, so made a new one out of junk and such from the trash like the last one, I redid mint linux mate and finally abandoned ubuntu due to it being slower and none of the stuff I was trying to get working would run without having to fight with it.