Hello to everyone out there who enjoys making things! I am a retired all around machinist with skill using engineering software. These days, I am a volunteer at a school that teaches people how to make machine tools. I get asked a lot of questions but I do not have all the answers. I am looking forward to both asking and answering questions.
I had a successful career as a machinist. It was that way because I never stopped asking other machinists how they approached a task. I learned a lot of great things that way.
Hi Villastone! I am glad you are here. I have a thread going about how to build a cheap ($300) cnc machine. Its not an impossible task..I would be honored if you could read my thead "Build Inexpensive CNC with good tolerances" in the woodworking forum under the DIY Machine category. Any thoughts on the low end and how to get by would help? Any thoughts on cheap gearing to multiply torque with low lash? On the low end you can not really buy motors much bigger than 166 oz/in..Its about stuff like General Spec ACME single start (since two start costs to much..same with precision ACME and ballscrews ect..they are great but out of the price range)..things like.."ok so you have a $20 router..you need to take it out of its plastic enclosure and get it solidly mounted in Iron or Steel and make sure you preserve the ground asnd dont leave anything exposed that could get particles in it" Or $20 is too difficult ..spend $50 here I suggest..ect..ect.. Its not a thread about me ..its about mass collaboration on a problem..Everyone simply cant spend $1200 for a machine. Any brainstorming helps!