I am trying to design a real basic CNC that will basically cut through a 3mm piece of Acrylic in a straight line and being able to place these at a certian distance apart. Any ideas on this simple yet necessary concept. I may expand later to cut round holes and patterns, and predrill holes.
You should be able to do it with pretty much any router or mill. What you're asking for are basic operations.
The only issues you would run into would be spindle rpm (too high can result in melting) and, as was mentioned, whether or not you need to use a coolant. Coolant wouldn't mix well with a wood framed machine.
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Thinking I might want to do plastic and metal but might make two seperate one for plastic and one for metl. size of plastic is 10 inches by 10 inches at the biggest. Am planning to make metal frame out of old L shaped steel shelving so it water proof and won't vibrate and afect accuracy. Hope this answered the questions needed for know how. Proberbly use coolent that runs onto work, through a filter and then cycles back to use again if anyone thinks that would work. Also I thought that I could make the work area capable of working up to 20 inches by 20 inches.
Last edited by lightorber; 02-11-2007 at 09:34 PM. Reason: Another idea added
John Kleinbauer's website for some ideas.