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: Carvera Desktop CNC Prototyping Station

First Look: Carvera Desktop CNC Prototyping Station

this upcoming desktop mill is packed with features. See it in action.

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Maker Spotlight: Jeremy Fielding

Maker Spotlight: Jeremy Fielding

Meet engineer and youtuber Jeremy Fielding, maker of many marvelous mechanical creations.

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This Giant Arduino Actually Works… Kind Of

This Giant Arduino Actually Works… Kind Of

Any maker who loves their Arduino wishes they had more. Typically though, they don’t simply mean BIGGER. Zach, however, did mean bigger: 12 times bigger! Zach’s giant Arduino is mainly comprised of wood, cnc milled to look like the tiny blue board. A fresh coat of paint and some 3d printed connectors and chips bring […]

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Snapmaker 2.0 – A Hands-On Review

Snapmaker 2.0 – A Hands-On Review

Snapmaker 2.0: The CNC milling, laser engraving 3D printer  Manufacturer: Snapmaker URL: www.snapmaker.com Price: $1,039–$1,599 preorder (before Dec. 1, 2020) The most successful 3D printing Kickstarter is back with three successors, and the modular concept has remained: the Snapmaker 2.0 is a three-in-one 3D printer, laser engraver, and CNC milling machine. The new Snapmaker A150, […]

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Quick Look: The Tormach XS Tech CNC Router

Quick Look: The Tormach XS Tech CNC Router

We finally got a chance to play with Tormach’s desktop learning system.  this was a fun little piece of equipment and presented some interesting approaches to a desktop milling experience. Tormach looks to be focusing mainly on education with this unit. It ships not only with the mill but with a computer loaded with Path […]

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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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