CNC & Machining

The latest DIY ideas, techniques and tools for the manufacture of metal, wood, plastic, ceramic and composites. We talk about machining, using a lathe to machine metals like steel, brass, and aluminium. We make chips fly!

These CNC Routers Are Made of Wood!

These CNC Routers Are Made of Wood!

We see all kinds of configurations of CNC routers and mills at Make:. This one stands out a bit. It has a wooden flat-pack frame, and comes as a kit. We’ve seen a few wooden plans around the internet for DIY routers, but a flat pack kit is a very nice touch. While wood may […]

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How We Got From Jacquard Looms To Desktop CNC Machines

How We Got From Jacquard Looms To Desktop CNC Machines

https://medium.com/cnc-life/history-of-cnc-machining-part-1-2a4b290d994d The folks over at Bantam Tools, who make a  desktop milling machine, are dropping a nice history lesson for us, in order to educate makers on where CNC mills came from. The series starts with a brief breakdown of some of the common terms you’ll encounter and then jumps right in.  What they are […]

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Giant Alphabet Blocks

Giant Alphabet Blocks

Something that seems simple, like a wooden cube, can turn up all kinds of interesting problems when you try to make it. This is especially true if you’re wanting to carve custom designs in each of the faces. Jay and Jaimie of Wicked Makers found this out when they decided to make some giant wooden […]

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Pocket NC Launches Titanium-Grade Machine and 5-Axis Milling Simulator

Pocket NC Launches Titanium-Grade Machine and 5-Axis Milling Simulator

The Simulator provides a risk-free way to preview G Code programs in a 3D environment, which is a great way to verify your work, to teach users who are new to 5-axis milling and to experiment with 5-axis milling in general.

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Start And Stop GCode: Commands To Make Your Printer Do Your Bidding

Start And Stop GCode: Commands To Make Your Printer Do Your Bidding

3D printers communicate via a language called G-code, like all Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines. This versatile language provides a set of human-readable commands for controlling each action that a 3D printer performs. Slicing software may be thought of as an interpreter for translating 3D models into a series of G-code commands for producing a […]

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Joyn Machine: Putting A New Angle On CNC Joinery

Joyn Machine: Putting A New Angle On CNC Joinery

Simon Deeg and Andreas Picker have come up with an interesting new tool that takes a new approach to CNC woodworking.

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