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The ShopBot is a low-cost CNC, or computer controlled router. Think of it as a large-scale milling machine. It is great for small-scale production runs of machine parts in wood or metal. A friend of mine used his ShopBot to cut the gears and mechanism (other than the chime) for a full-scale replica of a grandfather's Clock. ShopBots (and their kin) can also fabricate extremely detailed 3D contour maps (whole cities!), and other intricate 3D surfaces.
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Adding Spindle Direction And Coolant Control To Your CNC Machine

Technology / Gadgets : Hack a Day (7 months ago)

[Peter] is back at it, again modding his CNC3020 router. This time he’s adding a coolant system and spindle direction control. If you have ever tried cutting plexiglass using a mill, router or even a band saw, then you know it is co... Read Post

CNC Plotter Uses Only the Good DVD Drive Parts

Technology / Gadgets : Hack a Day (34 minutes ago)

It wasn’t that long ago that wanting to own your own 3D printer meant learning as much as you possibly could about CNC machines and then boostrapping your first printer. Now you can borrow time on one pretty easily, and somewhat aff... Read Post

Add speed control to a DIY CNC machine

Technology / Gadgets : Hack a Day (2 years ago)

[Jesse Merritt] bought a manual speed controller for his router. It’s used in the CNC mill he build and he figured, why not add the ability for the computer to control the speed. The speed controller is a $20 unit from Harbor Freigh... Read Post

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