We had a great meeting last night. We had over a dozen people working together to wire up a CNC control box. At one point we had three soldering irons going at the same time. Here is the pile of parts we started with.
Here are some people wiring the box. A really nice job was done using wire ferruls wherever we could. How many hands can fit in that little box?
Here is the nearly completed box.
Thanks to Chris, Matt, Aeva, Patrick, Donald, Steve, Jason & Alex, Cat, John, Will, Gabe, Norm, Allen and Colin. Next week we will be testing the motors, adding limit switches and configuring the software.
We will start with Mach3, then switch to EMC2 when we find a dedicated PC for that. Chris and John I think mentioned they do time at Free Geek. I am sure they could find a little PC.
Special thanks to Automation Technologies Inc for giving/lending all the parts.
The CNC Build Club meets just about every Thursday at 7:00pm. This is a weekly meeting of Chicago area people passionate about designing, building and learning how to use digital fabrication equipment. Non members are welcome . Each meeting starts with a round robin introduction followed by a little discussion and often a presentation or training session. We also often have a group project going on.
This week we are going to start putting together a small CNC milling machine. The machine was lent to us by Automation Technologies Inc. Right now the machine is just the mechanical platform. We need to add the motor controls, limits switches and setup some software. The goal is to create an easy to use work center that we will do some projects on. The plan is to sell the machine at a discount to someone in the group when we are finished. If you don’t know anything about CNC, don’t worry, you can still help. The goal is to teach, learn and use.
We have a meetup group you can follow for upcoming events
We have a Google Group too.