Tools that I have built or purchased
I wanted to get into 3D printing so that I can start working on some physical interfaces for my design circuits. Traditional 3D printers are way out my price range but, along comes the RepRap movement and with it an army of 3D off-shoot printers. Now, 3D printing is within reach of the hobbyist. I… Read More ›
On day 5 I got all of the limit switches mounted to the machine. I spent some time trying to figure out where and how I wanted to mount the switches. I also needed to find an easy way to actuate them when the machine reaches a limit. I scrounged around in my junk parts… Read More ›
I typically send my circuit boards to ITead Studio to have them produced since it is cheaper than ordering them from US companies. International orders can take a long time to ship..usually around 3 weeks. This can become painful if I find a mistake in my design and have to re-order boards. This is why… Read More ›
Day 4 of the build is now in the bag. Updates on the V90 status slowed down a bit as I had to wait for the limit switches to arrive. I got the limit switch assemblies completed minus mounting them to the machine. Go here to read about the ongoing build and take a look… Read More ›
Day 3 of the build went somewhat quicker than day 2. I got the machine fully assembled and operational (minus adjustments). Go here to read about the ongoing build and take a look at some pictures along the way.
Day 2 of the build is a wrap. I got more accomplished today than I thought I would be able to do. I managed to unwrap and inspect the remainder of the parts in addition to assembling the gantry and the base. Go here to read about the ongoing build and take a look at… Read More ›
So, my FireBall V90 CNC machine arrived on 30 May 2012. The posts that follow will document the build and my user experience. Day 1 started with me opening and inspecting the components. Go here to read about the ongoing build and take a look at some pictures along the way.
Today I managed to gather enough nerve to purchase a FireBall V90 CNC machine with all the bells and whistles from Probotix for under $2000. The V90 has the following features: Approximately 12″ x 18″ Thomson precision linear shafts Oilite bearings Precision Acme 2-start lead screws Anti-backlash drive nuts CNC USB controller and software… Read More ›