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!

First Look: The Sienci Long Mill Benchtop CNC Router

First Look: The Sienci Long Mill Benchtop CNC Router

Benchtop CNC mills are a great entry point for poeple wanting to use the tools, but who also don’t have a massive shop or massive budget. We’ve seen a few over the years in this size range – under 4 foot by 4 foot. The Longmill by Sienci is a somewhat recent addition to the […]

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Plan C: Crisis Mode for COVID-19

Plan C: Crisis Mode for COVID-19

If Plan A is the government and Plan B is industry, then Plan C is for civic action. Here are the people taking the lead to make a difference in the face of Covid-19

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December 2019 Certified Open Source Hardware

December 2019 Certified Open Source Hardware

The Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) runs a free program that allows creators to certify that their hardware complies with the community definition of open source hardware.  Whenever you see the certification logo, you know that the certified hardware meets this standard. The certification site includes a full list of all of the certified open […]

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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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