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CNC Build Club: 32-Bit Controllers for CNC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32-Bit CNC Controllers are making a strong showing lately.  I have several that I can show, compare and trace to roots of at this week’s CNC Build Club (Thursday 4/3/2014 @ 7:00pm)

TinyG

The TinyG has been around for a few years.  It can be purchased here.  It started as an XMega firmware/hardware project, that has been morphing into a cross process solution.  The basic TinyG is the XMega on their own hardware with 4 on board stepper drivers. It has very advanced motion control algorithms, including constant jerk.   The project is open source and on Github.

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TinyG2

The second, but less popular format, the TinyG2, is running on a standard Arduino Due with a driver shield.  Here is it shown with a gShield.

 

 

 

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Smootieboard

 

The other popular 32 Bit CNC controller is he Smoothie project.  After about a year of prototypes they did a popular Kickstarter.  The Kickstarter is over and delivered and you can buy the hardware.  The project is open source.  Most of the motion control is based on a port of GRBL.  The project details are here and the GitHub repo is here.  The project supports 3D printers, laser (cutting only) and CNC routers.

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Azteeg X5 Mini

This is the Azteeg x5 mini.  It is a another hardware solution for Smoothieware.  It is available for sale here.

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04 2014

CNC Build Club Double Feature – 1/23/2014

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In addition to having Alden Hart talk about the TinyG and motion control in general, Andrew Boggeri of Full Spectrum Laser is going to show off their new sub $2000 SLA resin 3D printer. This is the printer that is currently crushing the goal on Kickstarter.

Stop by and check out the machine and see some of the prints.  Resin printers are a little messy to move around so we probably won’t see it print, but plenty of samples will be shown.  He will be able to demo the drawing speed, software and cloud interface.

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The CNC Club is free and open to members and non members.  If you want to attend, please RSVP on Meetup.

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01 2014

CNC Build Club – TAZ 3 Unboxing

TAZ 3

 

Thursday (1/9/2014) night at 7pm we will have an unboxing party for Pumping Station One’s new 3D printer – the Lulzbot Taz 3! The Taz 3 prints larger and faster and in more materials than the other printers we have at the space. Come check out the mysterious BOX, see the printer set up, and maybe we’ll even get to Hello Squirreled.

Also, Ryan Pierce will be presenting “The Hard Knocks School of CNC Milling” covering how he made every mistake possible, and how you can avoid making them yourselves! This will include a lot of useful, practical tips, and a demo of the method he is using, showing the entire tool chain process, to route precisely aligned pockets for his and Elizabeth’s “CNC Steampunk Harp” project

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01 2014

CNC Build Club with Alden Hart: 1/23/2014

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Alden Hart, the creator of TinyG and the grblShield will be in town later this month and will give a talk at the 1/23/2014 CNC Build Club @7:00pm.  The meeting is open to members and non-members.  If you want to attend, please RSVP via Meetup.

The grblShield is a basic stepper motor driver Arduino Uno Shield.  It is part of the standard parts list for the Shapeoko and there are thousands of these in the field. It can also act as a shield for the Arduino Due and run a special version of TinyG firmware.

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The TinyG project is a multi-axis motion control system. It is designed for CNC applications and other applications that require highly precise motion control. TinyG is meant to be a complete embedded solution for small/medium motor control. Here are some of the main features of the v8 hardware.

  • Integrated motion control system with embedded microcontroller (Atmel ATxmega192)
  • 4 stepper motor drivers (TI DRV8818) integrated on a ~4 inch square board
  • Stepper drivers handle 2.5 amps per winding which will handle most motors up thru NEMA23 and some NEMA34 motors
  • Accepts Gcode from USB port and interprets it locally on the board
  • 6-axis control (XYZ + ABC rotary axes) maps to any 4 motors
  • Constant jerk acceleration planning (3rd order S curves) for smooth and fast motion transitions
  • Very smooth step pulse generation using phase-optimized fractional-step DDA running at 50 Khz with very low jitter
  • Networkable via SPI to support off-board devices and for networking multiple boards into multi-axis systems
  • Microstepping up to 1/8 (optimized DDA makes this smoother than many 1/16 implementations)

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01 2014

CNC Build Club – 4 Axis Milling

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(picture from CNCCookbook blog)

This week we are going to play with the rotary axis on the little CNC mill.  We are going to assemble it and calibrate it.  We will use a demo of DeskProto to run a job on it.  We will of course start with the CNC Ninja Squirrel, then try some other projects.  It you have something cool to try, bring a file in STL format and a round piece of material to mill it out of.

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Join us Thursday Nov, 14th at 7:00pm.

 

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11 2013

CNC Build Club: Shapeoko 2 Demo

Shapeoko

 

At the next CNC Build Club, on Thursday 10/24/2013 at 7:00pm, we are going to have a demo of the, soon to be released, Shapeoko 2 CNC router.  The ShapeOko was designed by local inventor, and PS:One friend, Edward Ford.  The original version was extremely popular.  The new version adds many new features.

  • Larger work area.
  • Easier to expand
  • Open front and rear for feeding stock through
  • Dual motor Y axis is now standard
  • More ridged
  • Belts lay flat and are easier to install

Shapeoko

 

It will go on sale at Inventables very soon.  Inventables will also be giving away one milling bit starter kit at the meeting.  This a a kit of 5 solid carbide 1/8″ diameter bits.  It includes 2 spiral upcut bits, 2 straight flute bits and 1 ball end mill.  You must be registered on Meetup for this meeting and present to  be eligible for the bit kit.  The meeting is open to members and non-members.

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10 2013

CNC Router Class and Training

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This week at the CNC Build Club we are going to do a CNC router class, training and certification.  If you want to learn a lot about CNC routers come to the class.  We will start out with a little class room training that is open to all including non-members, then move to the shop where we will do hands on training and certifications.  This will be limited to 8 people and they must be PS:One members.  If you want to be one of those 8 people, please be one of the first 8 to RSVP the meeting at Meetup.com.

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09 2013

CNC Build Club – CNC Controller Roundup

TinyG

 

This week we are going to talk about as many DIY CNC controller options as we can find.  All CNC  projects from 3D printers to mills require a controller.  This open discussion might help you choose your next controller.  Here is the list we are going to start with.

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09 2013

CNC Build Club – New Printer Demo

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A this week’s CNC Build Club  Thursday, 8/29/2013 @ 7:00pm, we are going to have a 3D printer demo from a new Chicago hardware startup called Isis3D.  They are going to demo their new Isis One 3D printer.   The printer has a large 300mm x 300mm build area and is producing some awesome prints.

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After the demo we will go back to our regular activities of discussing, building and using CNC equipment.  Next week we will gathering a huge collection of CNC controller boards including some cool new things like the BeagleBone Black running LinuxCNC and the Simple Cortex runnnig Smoothie.

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08 2013

CNC Build Club – Gonzo Build with Moto!

Make With Moto

We have a very special event planned for the next CNC Build Club meeting on Thursday, July  18th.  We are going to do a Gonzo Build with the Make With Moto crew.  Make With Moto is a Velcro covered Sprinter van filled with making equipment that is touring the country.  In addition to the making equipment they have a bunch of unlocked and hacked Android smartphones.  They have been doing hack-a-thons around the country.

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We thought it would be awesome to do something that combines our CNC hacking skills with their  phone hacking skills.  We would temporarily remove the “a-thon” and do a one night Gonzo build.

The plan is to do a digitally controlled camera slider.  The phone would replace the camera and control the motion.  We are still seeing what is feasible on the phone control options, but ideally you could control the phone from a second phone and view live video or snap shots from the slider phone.

It will probably look similar to this camera slider that was done in the past, but it will have a mount for a camera and have all the drivers on the slider.

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Catalog

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Inventables will be supplying all the CNC materials.  As the details get more firmed up, I will edit this post so check back later.  If you have any other ideas, let me (Bart) know.  We may be able to get materials for multiple versions.

 

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07 2013