View Full Version : Phoenix, AZ - Any hobby users out there?

10-23-2006, 10:20 PM
Hi, I'm new here, but have been using my Taig mill for about 6mos and have made some useful and increasingly difficult parts. I'm interested to make some connections to share knowledge, make a new friend or two etc. If you're in the Phx area, speak up!

Todd Price
10-23-2006, 10:41 PM
Chandler here but don't have a machine yet. Looking at building at desktop mill machine.


10-24-2006, 12:00 PM
I live near 52nd St and Thomas Rd in Phoenix. Where are you?

Todd Price
10-24-2006, 06:44 PM
I'm down Ray and McQueen way.

10-28-2006, 09:12 PM
Hey , great to hear there's life out there. I life near 7th St and the 101 in N. Phx. Now that it's cooler, I'll spend more time working on the machine. Todd, for the price of the machine I bought, I don't think I could have done it cheaper. Came with software, too. I had an old computer with no purpose. Works pretty good and I'll learn a lot more before I'm done!

Todd Price
10-28-2006, 09:17 PM
If I may ask what did you pay for you machine?

10-29-2006, 01:14 AM
Hey, I'm at 7th St and Bell! I built a small CNC router, and am finishing up converting it to a CNC laser. I've been researching and doing this for a year, and plan on eventually opening up my own shop.

11-02-2006, 11:38 AM
I'm about to either buy a chinese laser engraver or convert my existing CNC router to a laser engraver.. Could you let me know what parts / kit / products / directions or whatever that you're using to convert the router to CNC. I see a lot of co2 tubes on ebay BUT they're large 30 inch tubes and nothing something easily mounted, aligned or focused on something like a router. Plus you gotta control the beam (on / off), etc.

11-06-2006, 01:43 PM
Just to let you all know. You can purchase assorted items from Circuit Speicalists, Inc. to make your machines. Like stepper motors, Controllers, Linear rods and bearings, Rails and Trucks. Very good prices.


There in Mesa, AZ

Todd Price
11-06-2006, 06:32 PM
Good score Prometheus. Been there for computer stuff but never knew they had this kind of stuff. Just up the street from me. Well almost up the street but close enough for me.

11-06-2006, 06:36 PM

Im in Safford AZ but head to Phoenix 3 times a month. Do you guys have any pics of stuff you have made?

Adobe Machine
11-07-2006, 12:11 AM
115 miles south , in beautiful Oracle, next to Coronado Nat'l Forest. Did I tell you there are no stop lights here..I think I counted 5-6 stop signs, and we are always 15 deg cooler ( had snow last year,twice).Deer, Havalina, occasional cats always visit our back yard..Lived 35 years in Phyx-Chandler, glad to be here, just got huge up there !And you have to drive on the 101? No way, no more!
Retro 3 Axis Tree Mill, and Manual to CNC lathe in progress

Adobe (old as dirt)

11-10-2006, 01:25 AM
todd - I paid $2500 with software and starter clamp kit. I bought it from Supertech. Dennis is the owner, builder, programmer, tech support etc. I bought it locally so I could get support, parts etc. He works from his basement shop near 32nd street and Greenway.

All, - I'll post some pics of stuff I've made when I figure it out.

11-16-2006, 05:02 PM
So glad I found this site, and to see all the people in AZ. I'm down at 40th st and McDowell and work down by 7th Ave. and McDowell. <O:p
I've been really interested in CNC and laser cutters for a few years now and started getting excited about building one myself for a while. But those dreams slowly started to fade as a started to feel overwhelmed and didn't know anyone who would be able to help out. Now with this forum, my hopes are being rekindled.<O:p
I'm looking at building a small CNC machine for small hobbling things. Projects probably nothing larger than a foot square. It would be great if I could get some mentoring from some of you guys or to work parallel with someone else trying to build one as well.<O:p

11-19-2006, 02:40 AM

I'd be willing to host a CNC open house at my house. I'd be interested to get your opinions on which tooling I need next. Might be interesting for you guys who have a machine. Also good for those who don't have one yet. I have next to nothing for tooling and just kind of make due for now, being really creative. What do you guys think about early December - week night?

11-22-2006, 12:44 PM
I would be VERY interested in going to CNC open house. I wouldn't be much help however in terms of opinions as I am very green to all this still. I would more just be a house fly and try and learn some things. If you'll have roof for someone that will mostly just be taking up space, I'd love to stop by. :)

11-22-2006, 06:54 PM
OK guys, PCS is interested to stop by. If you pm me or send me an email to quietproducts@cox.net you will have an invitation for an open house, too. I'm thinking this Saturday around 10am? I figure it like this, I show you my setup, you show us yours, we all learn something and put a face with a screen name.

11-28-2006, 06:03 PM
Any luck using Apache Reclamation for parts?

11-29-2006, 10:14 AM
I've found switches, lamps, terminals, etc parts from Apache Reclamation. Unfortunately, I've never found much in the way of linear guides, motors or other CNC type parts. It's always fun the dig around there however - except in the summer time :-)

11-29-2006, 02:28 PM
I just want to thank partime and his lovely wife for opening up their beautiful home to me this past weekend. I got to see his wonderful setup and how it works, along with tons of great advice.
Thanks again,

12-02-2006, 03:05 AM
Count in one more in the Phoenix area. Sorry to have missed the open house.

12-04-2006, 09:14 AM
It was my pleasure to pleasure to show you around PCS. I'd propose that once a month, one of us holds an open house. Who's next? I'm always interested to see what special tools others have and any interesting setups that are out there. If you PM me, you can stop by. Even though PCS isn't in the milling arena, I think he learned a few things. It's always nice to have good people stop by.

01-30-2008, 05:31 PM
I just recently moved back to Phoenix, and happen to stumble across this thread. Do you guys still get together? If so, I would be interested in attending.