Setting up the controller and software can be one of the most challenging tasks when building your own CNC machine such as a CNC router or a 3D printer. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to get a TinyG controller installed and working on a CNC Machine.
Version 3 of the CNC xPRO controller will be available in Matte Black finish (not shown) The CNC xPRO is already known as a single board stepper motor driver that runs the open source G-code interpreter GRBL. The CNC xPRO features: 4 stepper connections Full to 1/32 stepping Options for input and feedback include E-Stop/Reset, Feed Hold, Cycle Start, Homing Location [...]
Making the spoiler-board Lets make a simple spoiler board that we can use for cutting into when we are cutting a part out and the bit needs to go all the way though the material. This board will also have 1/4-20 hold down clamps on the sides to allow for multiple material sizes to be clamped [...]
Many CNC users are interested in cutting aluminum in order to make plates or other projects. In this video, we'll show you how easy it is to cut aluminum with the OpenBuilds C-Beam CNC machine! Getting your machine setting right will certainly help you succeed in any project. Cutting aluminum is possible, as long as [...]
To reduce the slack in the timing belt on any linear actuator, we recommend using a Timing Belt Tension Torsion Spring. Let's take a look at how that little spring can be installed to eliminate the slack in your timing belt.Timing Belt Tension Torsion Spring is available on the OpenBuilds Part Store.
Calibrating your CNC machine is critical to machine performance. We've got some great resources that will show you how to calibrate using MACH3 or GRBL control software. Also included is the Prusa Calculator (as seen in video) and a Speeds & Feeds guide that will really help optimize your machine's output.
"The truth is you never know when someone's trash will be the treasure you're looking for" It's about 100 degrees out and Jose is circling the parking lot yet again to find an open parking space. Wildly outnumbered by Back-to-School shoppers, he's anxious to get those spiders before they sell out. Jose is not a spider collector [...]
As a fellow builder here at OpenBuilds, I have benefited so much from the community here sharing their designs, tips, mistakes, feats of ingenuity and overall experience in my own journey to become a better CNC’er. One of the things that makes this community possible is that it is dedicated to cultivating open source hardware which makes it so [...]
Bitten by the CNC DIY Bug A Short Story by Mary Daly The dog starts barking at the front door. “I’ll be up in a minute” I yell out pushing even harder on my Allen wrench. The bolt finally breaks free sending my knuckles skidding across the V-Slot. Hearing another knock on the front door, I groan. [...]