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!

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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The Yeti Smart Bench Is a Full-Sheet CNC Router That Assembles in 5 Minutes

The Yeti Smart Bench Is a Full-Sheet CNC Router That Assembles in 5 Minutes

While at Maker Faire Paris, I bumped into YETI tools. They have an interesting bit of digital fabrication equipment that I think many of our readers will have an interest in. They’re producing a CNC router capable of using a full sheet (4’x8′), yet is super light weight and portable. They’re marketing it at under […]

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Designing And Building An 8 Foot Long River of Light

Designing And Building An 8 Foot Long River of Light

I’ve disliked the under-cabinet light in my kitchen since I moved in years ago. Unfortunately, replacing it has just been one of those tasks I’ve kept putting off over and over. I finally came up with a concept that I thought would be a good replacement, and took the dive to get it done. I […]

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Planning and Building Your Own Custom Tool Wall

Planning and Building Your Own Custom Tool Wall

Laura Kampf builds a gorgeous brass and walnut tool wall for her shop.

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