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Chris the Carpenter from Rocket Brand Studios is no stranger to CNC milling. He built his own industrial strength CNC mill, which he uses to make tools and parts for his robotics business

In this video, Chris walks you through the basics of a CNC mill’s anatomy, including all the major hardware and software components. He also gives some advice on building your own CNC, and even some eBay shopping tips. Watch the video to learn more about:

  • Linear Bearings and Ball Screws
  • Stepper Motors
  • Controllers
  • Cutter heads and Spindles
  • Cooling and Dust Removal

Chris has built some amazing things on his mill, including this masterpiece. You can also find Chris’ robot kit in the Maker Shed.

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Andrew Terranova

Andrew Terranova

Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and an electronics and robotics hobbyist. He is an active member of the Let’s Make Robots community, and handles public relations for the site.
Andrew has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children’s Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Learning Center in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.