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: 178
Latest Activity: Sep 27, 2018

Discussion Forum

Progress on the Harp Fabricator

Started by Monroe King. Last reply by Monroe King Sep 29, 2017. 40 Replies


Need some help with the following for my designs. Telemetry, GPS, barometric leveling, altitude hold

Started by Bill Schonfelder Nov 10, 2015. 0 Replies

I have been using kk2.1 boards upgraded with stevis 1.9 firmware.The highest motor I have used is 800 kv with 30 amp simonk flashed firmware.I have created new styles of power distribution boards for…Continue

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

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Comment by R. D. Starwalt on January 16, 2013 at 6:13am

The fabrication of parts for my Momus Design CNC project continues.

It is nice to get validation that the machine is a good idea for our application.

HERE is a post over on cnczone by a multirotor builder/flyer praising his Momus (he was asking about hot motors). He cuts aluminum and the typical laminate materials.



Comment by John Dell on November 30, 2012 at 10:58am

I have built 3... two of the 2006 version and one of the Hybrid found here:

you also want to look here as there are tons of information found here:

Several very capable DIY machines.

I would highly recommend a rack and pinion setup for any future design.  Lead screw designs tend to complicate things.

I have posted a few pics of my machine in my gallery

Comment by Ruwan on November 29, 2012 at 8:49am

Hi John, Could you share the information about your CNC machine please? For example, from where did you get the plans or did you do the plan yourself?



Comment by John Dell on November 29, 2012 at 7:05am

Recently found this forum.  I have built 3 cnc machines over the last 5 years.  If anyone has any questions feel free to ask.  I am currently running a DIY 4 ft. x 4 ft bed with stepper motors driven by Geco drives and a mini-i/o breakout board.  This allows up to 4 axis / board and the ability to turn on/off the router and dust collection through G-Code and the software controller interface.

I use Mach 3 as the controller and typically use V-Care Pro and Cut 3D as the CAM.

Machine cuts anywhere between 100 and 500 ipm and can rapid up to 800 ipm.

Comment by Dez Socks on November 21, 2012 at 6:39pm

Sorry i am off topic,because of the news that Monroe has left is too bad. Am i right in saying the reason is because of some people trolling? We all know who.That is a great shame.I loved his enthusiasm on this forum/site.Could you pass on the message to him that he is a good person and that the internet is full of bravado's behind the screen that love the fact they can wind people up like that.

Comment by Ruwan on November 3, 2012 at 8:08am

Thanks Ellison, that is great news. 

Comment by Ellison Chan on November 3, 2012 at 7:35am

Although Monroe is not longer on the forum, I an communicating via email with him.  He tells me that he is still working on the project, and is about to build the platform.

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on November 3, 2012 at 7:30am

I was not aware that Monroe left, too bad. I've been swamped with work but am still proceeding with building the UHU servo boards I purchased.

As I have said previously, the motor drive electronics are really the minor part of the machine and cannot compensate for a poor or marginal mechanical design.

Electronics change constantly. There are no 'new' ideas regarding mechanical layout of a mill/router, just variations of proven machines with bettter materials and precision.


Comment by Ellison Chan on November 2, 2012 at 12:34pm

Everyone with the expertise could contribute to this project.  I can coordinate where needed, as normal.  We do need someone with the mechanical expertise now that Monroe has left the forum.

Comment by Ruwan on November 2, 2012 at 12:17pm

Seems, Monroe couldn't contribute for this. Will there be someone else to drive this project now?


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