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Cutting Aluminum with Your C-Beam CNC Machine

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 [...]

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Using Torsion Spring to Tighten Timing Belt

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.

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HOW TO: Calibrate Your CNC Machine for MACH3 or GRBL

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.

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Turning Trash into Treasure

"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 [...]

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Building up the FairShare Program, One Quanta at a Time

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 [...]

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Bitten by the CNC DIY Bug

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. [...]

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A Wide Addition, the C-Beam Machine XLARGE!

OpenBuilds, in conjunction with Resident Builder Moag, are happy to share the newest addition to the CNC Machine lineup - the C-Beam Machine XLarge! Designed with precision and strength in mind, in a sexy double-wide format, the XLarge is capable of milling a variety of material including Aluminum plate (with light cuts). The build manual [...]

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OpenBuilds Reaches Milestone

OpenBuilds, the largest Open Source Builders community, blows the boundaries off the traditional content collections that simply store data for downloading. OpenBuilds content lives and breathes. Acting as a virtual hacker space, the community frequently contributes Open Source machine build plans or design ideas so that they can be shared and hashed out with the community. OpenBuilds is [...]

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Heroes of Open Source - David Forsyth & SketchUCam

In the Open Source Community, it's all about sharing freely. Open Source lives bravely where collaboration and innovation meet. Those who revel in the transparency spend countless hours in the workshop testing out new ideas, giving out advice, and getting input from others in the community. For some pioneers, their work lives on to become [...]

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