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Posted: Mon, 21st Apr 2008, 11:42am

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I just realized I had not posted here about my latest project I'm building my own CNC machine. Now I realize that's not technically camera gear - but I WILL be making some camera gear on it so that qualifies - right? hehe

I'm tracking my progress on my website - posting pictures and video

if you're interested - check it out HERE - http://www.geeksgonebad.com/the-news/1-latest/49-diy-home-made-cnc-machine.html

and I will post in this thread when there are updates

and if you have any ideas for things to make - please let me know - so far I've got plans to make my own GG holder and some parts for a rail support system - and I'd love some more ideas!

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Posted: Mon, 21st Apr 2008, 12:10pm

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Forgive my ignorance but.....what's a CNC machine?

And what's a GG holder?

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Posted: Mon, 21st Apr 2008, 12:39pm

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Computer Numerical Control for a milling/etc machine, not sure about GG though
Posted: Mon, 21st Apr 2008, 12:57pm

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if you go to youtube and search for DIY CNC you'll see some really cool stuff people are doing smile but basically - you draw shapes (and 3d shapes too) on the computer and these machines will cut them / mill them out of wood, plastic, aluminum, etc in real life smile

and the gg holder is a ground glass(gg) holder for 35mm adapters - I can only find one guy who makes these (the holders) over in the U.K. - so I decided to make my own smile basically it's just a round piece with a square cut out of the center for the gg that fits inside the extension tubes, but it's got a built in spiral spring so you can add a vibrating pancake motor to vibrate the screen and lessen the grain from the screen...
Posted: Mon, 21st Apr 2008, 9:41pm

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Wow, that's pretty cool. I'd like to see it in action. How long until it's finished?
Posted: Mon, 21st Apr 2008, 9:58pm

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Great project here, keep us updated...
Posted: Tue, 22nd Apr 2008, 12:12am

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I hope to be finished very soon - I already have the computer done and it's controlling the motors - so all that's left is to finish the y axis - build the z axis - hook up the motors and go smile

realistically I'm still looking at a couple weeks - unless I can get some good time on it this weekend, and that depends on the family's needs wink

but I will post pictures as I make ANY progress and update this post too smile

and to see something similar in action you can go to youtube and search for DIY CNC smile that's where I'm getting my inspiration biggrin
Posted: Tue, 22nd Apr 2008, 1:12am

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Here are some GG holders for those of you who want to buy them. Shipping to the US isn't that bad.

http://jetsetmodels.info/products.htm

I still have no idea what your machine does, but I'll look into it. smile
Posted: Tue, 22nd Apr 2008, 1:49am

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Yup - when I mentioned that there's one guy that makes them - that's him smile hehe

great stuff / products / website - don't get me wrong - Daniel makes great stuff and has his own CNC machine - which is where I got my inspiration / idea from in the first place smile hehe
Posted: Tue, 22nd Apr 2008, 7:30am

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GGB, I'd absolutely love to hear how it's going as you build this - I originally trained as a manufacturing engineer, and secretly still love this stuff! If you can post your results and maybe some details of the max dimensions you can mill, I'm certain there are all kinds of handy overpriced widgets you can start making...gobos, litering adaptors, all sorts!
Posted: Tue, 22nd Apr 2008, 10:33am

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Will do pdrg smile - I'll know better what sizes I will be able to cut once I get the dremmel on there - but my base is just about 2' X 2' and my gantry is 6" so that comes off the X right there making it less than 18" (depending on how tight I can make the Z axis box) - so I'm hoping for around 16" X 16" or so
Posted: Tue, 22nd Apr 2008, 4:18pm

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GeeksGoneBad wrote:

Will do pdrg smile - I'll know better what sizes I will be able to cut once I get the dremmel on there - but my base is just about 2' X 2' and my gantry is 6" so that comes off the X right there making it less than 18" (depending on how tight I can make the Z axis box) - so I'm hoping for around 16" X 16" or so
Wow, that's pretty big!
Posted: Wed, 23rd Apr 2008, 11:50am

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Made a little progress yesterday - got the y-axis pieces cut and put on for a little test moving - there's a little video of it on my site

and I kinda "measured" roughly the amount of travel I have and it's gonna be about 16" X 18" I think

one of the first things I'll probably do with the table is cut me some pieces to tighten up and shrink the gantry to give me a little more cutting area smile hehe
Posted: Sun, 27th Apr 2008, 11:45am

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I posted up some new pictures last night and two new videos - I'm excited because I feel like I'm close!

http://www.geeksgonebad.com/Latest/D...C-Machine.html
Posted: Sun, 27th Apr 2008, 3:59pm

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Noooooo! Teh 404's!
Posted: Mon, 28th Apr 2008, 12:05am

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oh crap - sorry about that - I copied the link poorly - here it is smile

http://www.geeksgonebad.com/Latest/DIY-Home-Made-CNC-Machine.html
Posted: Sat, 3rd May 2008, 4:09pm

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How's it looking?

I may have something (well a few things, largely similar) that needs precision milling from aluminium, thought if you were interested I'd ask you about it?
Posted: Sun, 4th May 2008, 2:03am

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Cool deal - got the machine done today actually - so I'll be working on getting my site back in order and update the website with pictures and videos smile

I'm willing to give anything a try smile
Posted: Mon, 5th May 2008, 11:25am

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ok here's the link to the updated pics and videos for the machine smile

http://www.geeksgonebad.com/the-news/1-latest/49-diy-home-made-cnc-machine.html

I still need to tweak a few things and now I'm going to start upgrading it as well as I find accuracy problems because of the home depot parts wink
Posted: Mon, 5th May 2008, 10:07pm

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Most, most excellent smile
Posted: Tue, 6th May 2008, 6:35pm

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That is the the most inventive home made project I have ever seen. Now all you need is a vacuum or an air hose attachment so you don't have to blow on it. Then obviously the next step is to buy Class 4 laser, and then you can cut anything!!! and then after that...world domination. smile
Posted: Wed, 7th May 2008, 2:15am

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Hey thanks Zephlon! smile I can't take total credit for the idea - I got the bug and then found lots of guys doing the same on www.cnczone.com smile

I designed and cut my first piece tonight - I was expecting some backlash because I used cheap Home Depot Parts - and I got some! (backlash that is) - for those who don't know what backlash is - it's when the screw used to move the table isn't exatly "tight" and there's some play when changing direction - basically it's evident when doing circles - and you can see a really good example of it by watching my latest video - at the bottom - http://www.geeksgonebad.com/the-news/1-latest/49-diy-home-made-cnc-machine.html smile
Posted: Wed, 21st May 2008, 3:29pm

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Hey guys! just an update! smile

the machine was working OK with the dremel but I realize after cutting a few things that it jsut wasn't going to make it - so I upgraded my machine already smile

check out the pics - video coming soon wink

http://www.geeksgonebad.com/the-news/1-latest/49-diy-home-made-cnc-machine.html
Posted: Thu, 22nd May 2008, 3:15am

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Great job Geeks!

My dad built one a handful of years ago because he does circut board etching as well as small plastics. Nothing too large though.. looking forward to seeing your results (my internets isn't showing the vid).