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New Awesomeness for 2017

New Awesomeness Thank you for your continued support of OpenBuilds!  OpenBuilds has always been a leader in the Open Source Hardware industry and 2017 will be no exception. There is a lot of awesome to report this round, so jump in and see what new exciting things are in the happenings at OpenBuilds. The OpenBuilds Design Team has moved into [...]

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50,000 Members

A big part of OpenBuilds is our forum on OpenBuilds.com which allows anyone to share open source ideas.  This week we welcomed our 50,000th registered member.  That's a lot of sharing!

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80 Watt Laser Cutter

Forget the little #pewpew lasers, you need to build THIS 80 Watt Laser Cutter for your workshop!Check out the Build In Progress!

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HOW TO: Setup a TinyG Controller on Your CNC Machine

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.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Version 3 of the CNC xPRO Controller

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 [...]

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HOW TO: Build a Spoiler Board

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 [...]

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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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