since I read an article in Make about home made CNC project I wanted my own CNC to play with (and a 3D printer!). Right now I don't have the money and or room for a large CNC. As a backer of the MakerSlide project I wanted to use it for some time. I'm also a Arduino fan so I guess the ShapeOko will be a good starting project for me! Thanks Edward Ford!
I have a Sihouette SD cutting plotter and I'm a contributor/maintainer to the Robocut project to use this plotter under Linux. I did implement (revers-engineered, USB sniffing etc) the kiss cut feature you can see in this video.
The items I recently ordered (including tax and shipping):
- 1 x Mechanical Kit from inventables for $207
3 x Nema 17 Stepper from sparkfun for $62.82
1 x GrblShield from synthetos for $75.34
1 x 24 V power supply from digikey for $39.34
- 1 x Arduino (~$23-$30) I have some original ones and some from seeedstudio...
1 x Dremel rotary tool (~$50) I picked up at Walmart some years ago
- Spindle mount for Dremel
Spindle mount for pen
Spindle mount for cake icing dispenser/frosting pen
Here are my short term targets:
* build a CNC
* get experiences with MakerSlide
* make a circuity board with a CNC
* decorate a cake with frosting using a CNC
* cut fondant for a cake using a CNC.
and some long term goals:
* install the Dremel
* learn 3d CAD
* design a open source cutting plotter