Edit: If youre making your own gcode, or drilling your own holes, DO NOT go by the 9mm hole diameter recommended on the packaging of the threaded inserts I used. They are too loose in MDF. Go with 5/16″ / 8mm. I’m just going to throw on a ridiculous title because it looks like no […]
It only took 3 weeks, but I now have both a functional Desktop CNC machine and a viable workflow for 2.5-D milling. This video summarizes my journey from a simple SVG made in Inkscape to a milled test piece in cardboard that I will proudly hang in my office.
… and I only ruined one Sharpie. After far more than a weekend of work, I have wired up the Shapeoko’s stepper motors to its Arduino and run my CNC through its first tests. The system has been tuned and calibrated and is now ready for a build. There were a lot of mistakes made […]
In case you hadn’t noticed, I was kinda majorly geeking out over this Arduino-controlled machine last week. Over the holidays, the Shapeoko 2 CNC kit I had ordered from Inventables arrived. I spent most of my free time in the beginning of January putting together my first serious workshop toy/tool. I documented the entire process […]
After a ton of procrastination this weekend, I finally got around to setting up stage 1 of my motion control contraption. Using a simple Arduino program to step forward and backwards in a loop, I got a few test shots with my Nikon bolted to the rig. The shutter was triggered via the Arduino to […]
Just to prove that I haven’t been only playing video games, I humbly present to you a simple opto-isolator test circuit. This is the first step to remotely triggering my camera’s shutter remotely without putting it in any danger of a voltage spike from the rest of my motion control system and Arduino. The optocoupler […]