This is kind of just a brag but you are all my cyber buds and I wanted to share (there will, hopefully, be Opel related stuff to follow though)
I've shared with a couple people here that I've been working on building a CNC machine. It's been slow go but I do a little each week.
Last winter (2017/2018) I managed to get all the electronic components figured out. I have a CNC simulator that was running flawlessly and FOUR steppers being driven by a computer. So I'm not at all worried that the electronics will work. What I have been working on the last year was the actual "machine".
I have a small lathe/mill that I use to make all my parts for the machine. I cut extruded aluminum and such on my front porch with a regular miter saw (Harbor Freight) and then clean up the pieces on the mill.
Not to get too boring and long on this post, Today was a moment of triumph.
Today I completed one side of the X-Axis movement. Although I was only using my cordless drill to run it, it took about a minute to run the entire 54" length.
It could run with just one side of the X-axis but I'm building it to maintain precision throughout the work so I want to drive it from both sides of the X-axis. It won't be that difficult to mirror what I did on the first side. I have everything I need for it. I just need to cut/mill/drill and then assemble the components. The R/D is done.
The CNC machine was designed to work 24"X48". I've managed to squeeze a little more out of it through component placement. It will "bleed" 24X48 when it's complete.
Some people ask "what will you make with it when it's done?" and the answer is "I don't know yet". It's just the base CNC. I can add a router, or laser, or plasma cutter or whatever. I can even use it as a HUGE (though super slow) 3D printer. I did the math on the one thing I want to 3D print and it was going to take 30 days of constant running to produce it.
Anyhow, I just wanted to share.