DIYDrones - CNC Project


DIYDrones - CNC Project

Well, it originated as a blog, and has grown into a DIYDrones attempt at creating a CNC machine.

This group is set up so that we can organize the activity.

For background, the original blog is located here:

Location: Cyber Space
Members: 162
Latest Activity: Apr 25

Discussion Forum

Progress on the Harp Fabricator

Started by RocketMan Dec 28, 2014. 0 Replies


New CNC website

Started by John Hestness. Last reply by Ruwan Jan 26, 2014. 1 Reply

I found a CNC related website that seems like a good fit for the DIYdrones culture.  http://www.openbuilds.comContinue

Brainstorming Specifications.

Started by Ellison Chan. Last reply by chewdonkey Nov 27, 2013. 278 Replies

Setting this discussion up to gather up and brainstorm ideas.LIST OF EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS UNDER CONSIDERATION:Motors/Controllers:…Continue

Gauging Interest in the CNC Machine

Started by Ellison Chan. Last reply by Allan C Oct 27, 2013. 174 Replies

Since we may be contracting 3rd party to make PCBs and supply parts for the CNC, I'd like to gauge how much real interest there is in buying one of these machines, when we're done.Keep in mind that…Continue

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Comment by Ruwan on April 18, 2014 at 1:37pm

Thanks Mark. I will definitely do that. 

Comment by Mark Harrison on April 18, 2014 at 12:11pm

Great video Ruwan!  I hope you'll post some more Shapeoko experiences.  You have made me start to seriously think about getting one!

Comment by Ruwan on April 17, 2014 at 8:53pm

My CNC build..

Comment by Ruwan on February 13, 2014 at 4:38pm

I'm in to a Shapeoko build now. Going to finish it as time permits. 
For people interested, misumi is giving a $150 promotion! CNC components like extrusions are available there. Have a look at here>

Comment by Ruwan on January 26, 2014 at 9:41pm

Thanks a lot Doug! Seems many of them upgrade from Dremel to DW660.
I'm considering buying the just the hardware kit and add electronics/spindle separately. Still need to read a lot. Wish our DIYD CNC project moved further.

I remember you've mentioned about Momus design, going to read about it again.

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on January 26, 2014 at 4:51pm

Ruwan, that inventables machine uses a Dremel type tool for the router. Euan Ramsay asked if it will cut 2mm CF stock.

For most hobby parts that do not require much precision, that type of tool will do. A significant upgrade would be a good spindle but those are not cheap. The play and runout error of a Dremel usually makes machinists ill to think about. ;)

That would be a good hobby machine or first CNC project and is reasonably priced.

Cutting CF (and regular G10 fiberglass stock) will wear out a cutting tool quickly. With Dremel type spindle, there will have to be several passes to full depth at good speed or one very slow pass at full depth. The tool just cannot provide enough torque to quickly cut that material.

The price of good carbide cutters is often overlooked in a project like this. They are usually disposed of when dull.


Comment by R. D. Starwalt on January 26, 2014 at 4:32pm

Ruwan, I am in the chassis painting/filling stage of the build - the worst part.

All the mechanics are constructed but the designer has an upgraded Z axis mod I want to employ before 'maiden cuts' are made. All the chassis side controls are wired with modular harnesses to allow removal for service/repair.

I've taken lots of photos but will not post a blog post until it is running and all trammed/aligned. I have changed positions in the company and much of my build/flying time has dropped.

-- Nature abhors a build blog that gets stalled --

You should see the redesign one fellow did on the Momus CNC group at CNCzone. He is getting great results but his medium is mostly wood products.


Comment by Ruwan on January 26, 2014 at 1:30pm

Does anyone own or read about Shapeoko 2 CNC machine? I've done some reading on it and looks promising. Capable of cutting aluminium as well. Hardware price is $299 w/o Electronics and some related hardware and $649 for the kit w/Electronics.

Comment by Gary McCray on May 28, 2013 at 9:53am

Hi Monroe,

Look here:

page 17 - really step - direction like the others, just stuck on one connector.

And their SDK makes it fairly easy to get the assorted outputs and inputs to do what you want too.

Comment by Gary McCray on May 27, 2013 at 9:42pm

Hi Monroe,

and their main site:

You can take a look at their Windows interface there too.

And they do have an inexpensive 8 axis controller now too.


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