Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I upgraded my CNC with a router for my book "Inexpensive CNC Projects".

I have added a router to my homemade CNC machine.  It used to smoke at a feed rate over 20% with the Dremel.  Now with the router it can cut at 100% and the cuts are much smoother.

It can also cut right through the board.  I changed the feed rate while the Z axis was moving and caused it to crash, almost cutting through the board.  That is visible in the bottom left side of the "N".
Here is the video, it was taken after the crash.

I am also upgrading it to an aluminum frame, this makes the machine more solid than Plexiglas.

This CNC machine can be built with my plans found in my latest book "inexpensive CNC Projects".

Monday, July 21, 2014

My latest book "Inexpensive CNC Projects" and a trip to Florida

I just returned from a quick trip to Florida.  I drove for over 3,000 miles in only eight days!  I went to visit my dad and to give him a copy of my latest book "Inexpensive CNC Projects".  It is dedicated to him because he was a CNC programmer at Ingersol Rand for many years.

Here is a picture of me giving him the book at the nursing home.

We also stopped at the creation museum on the way home.  I was studying the skeletons of the dinosaurs and how they were animated to get ideas for making my next project - a life sized robo raptor!

Here I am next to an animated raptor.

Here is a picture of a raptor skeleton.