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Maker Ed writes- If you every wanted to build a CNC machine, this is the site for you. This is your one stop shopping for your dream machine. From a simple plotter to a laser engraver, you will get the info you need to build it. The site is forum based with over 13,000 members and every one of them make you feel at home. A complete easy to build set of plans from a chap named “jgro” are available in the downloads section to get you started. The materials can be bought at your local home center and can be built in a week or two depending on your skill level Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. NickCarter says:

    Don’t overlook these other groups either:

    CAD CAM EDM DRO Yahoogroup (the best group in my opinion):
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CAD_CAM_EDM_DRO/

    Chaski.com Home Machinist CNC forum:
    http://www.chaski.com/ubb/postlist.php?Cat=&Board=hsmcnc

    Practical Machinist CNC forum:
    http://www.practicalmachinist.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=forum;f=13

    Usenet alt.machines.cnc
    http://groups-beta.google.com/group/alt.machines.cnc?hl=en

    There are also specific yahoogroups for various machines and software once you get something working, for instance the excellent DOS based TurboCNC control program:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/turbocnc/
    (when you pay to register the program, they give you the pascal source code!)

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