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Robert Beatty and his daughters built a great CNC mill to help them create custom robot parts. Previously we covered the Beattys’ sweet CNC-controlling PC with its custom acrylic and MicroRAX enclosure, but now we get to see it lit up inside with blue LEDs! The whole setup appears complete and looks great. In includes:

• A 220 volt, 3-phase Variable Frequency Drive (VFD)(gray box bolted to wall above) that powers the CNC’s main spindle
• A 1.5kw water-cooled, high-speed / high-precision spindle (24,000 RPM)
• A 24″ aluminum cooling tower (just below the VFD)
• A 3-axis gantry system driven by Stepper Motors and precision ball screws
• A large, T-Slot work table with acrylic sides for chip containment
• Emergency Stop button box (front)

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal

  • dext0rb

    That is excellent! I have just been reading up on building such a machine for myself – no access to 220V, so no Spindle/VFD for me. Gonna have to go with a router and probably SuperPID speed control!

  • Wolfgang Beer

    that really is a piece of art!!

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