I'm a novice at building CNC machines and I'm in the process of researching/designing a CNC router. After a week of research, I came up with
the following design and would be thankful if anyone with expertise would answer my questions.
CAD/CAM (BobCAD) ---> TurboCNC ---> Printer Port ---> C1 Isolation Board ---> 3-Axis Motor Driver ---> Motors ---> Router
My questions are as follows:
a) Is the "3 Axis System Kit" offered by Xylotex (http://www.xylotex.com/3AxSysKit.htm) the best system I could use as a beginner?
b) Is my design workable as it is? or are there missing blocks that I'm forgetting about...
c) I bought the plans for a router that claims to be both cheap and simple at the following site: http://crankorgan.com/morph.htm
is anyone familiar with it? Would you know the source of a simple/cheap router to build?
d) What do you suggest I should build the router from? I want it to cut through aluminum.
e) Why is the router Z-axis unable to move more than a few inches? is there any way to change the design to fix that issue?
Quick question. What are your intended uses for it? You should be "good to go" for cutting wood, plastic and other relatively soft materials. You might want to go smaller/more precise if you're planning on milling circuit boards.
That 3axis kit looks like a good deal. Cheaper than what I built mine from scratch for, and those motors will be more than powerful enough if your friction isn't too bad.