Subscribe to my Feed! Here is list of links which go to free sets of CNC plans. Although some of these plans can easily be found just by a quick Google search, others are much more difficult to locate. It can take awhile to fully absorb the information on some of these sites, so it is best to view them multiple times before you actually decide on which plans you will use to build your CNC. You will no doubt see some of the same CNC machines that are on this page there. What makes the CNCs featured here special though is that they have considerably more information available to those individuals who are interested in building their own.

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Wrong, 2. Actually, I only started counting version numbers from 1. In this version, 2. The CNC Router is in the final steps of my testing and determining the jigs that I will use to fabricate these machines for sale limited quantity during the introduction. This CNC machine will have many improvements over the version 1.

Also, this CNC will serve as the foundation on which I will design other machine routing sizes. The routing area for my prototype is based on 44" on the Y-Axis and varying lengths on the X-Axis. The X-Axis travel will depend on the size and length of lead screw selected for the X-Axis.

This is made possible by extending the rails past the gantry side. Also quite noticeable, I am using v-groove bearings that run along the edges of aluminum angles V-groove bearings were selected so that all of the assemblies are fastened closer together for better rigidity.

The method of tightening the v-groove bearings to the aluminum angles are provided by short angled cuts in the MDF as seen on the gantry side. Not only has the rail system been improved, the entire gantry style and design is completely revamped. The gantry side is designed for maximum support and travel. Extra reinforcement is added in the back of the main span between gantry sides with two curved support pieces that add extra support in the middle of the span. It is of course necessary to have two lead screws for the X-Axis.

In the second image, you will see the anti-backlash nut also called wear compensating nut attached very simply to the gantry side. In the video, you will see the new X-Axis lead screw mounts. This way, the table can serve multiple purposes. It should be used for other purposes also, like a work table when you are not routing. I use my table for the CNC Router on one end and a computer table on the other.

Versatility is key in this design. The third image shows the extra long length of the Z-Axis assembly. This is the length that I designed for the prototype only and not for the final kit. Z-axis travel will be approximately 5 to 6 inches.

The hole on the far end of the top z-axis assembly piece holds the vacuum hose which leads down to another hole next to the router. Additionally, to the issue of dust, the bottom Z-Axis piece limits the high velocity of air being pushed out by the router and disperses it outward, not downward into the dust.

Most of the dust is contained on the work piece and on the table which I clean up after routing. Pricing: There are many variations and option that you can choose. Read carefully through all of the options to select the most appropriate components for your application.

You can purchase these components separately, or purchase a recommended system that contains the components for the fastest travel offered. Items that are not included in this system include router, software and computer. The router will also depend on the CNC application. I typically recommend the Porter Cable 2. Hardware to fasten all of the MDF parts screws, cross dowels, nuts - See bottom of page for the exact parts and quantities totalling pieces. Mechanical components v-groove bearings and couplings Roller chains, drive sprockets and idler sprockets.

Aluminum angles with mating holes for fastening. This option is for the customers that already have the electronics. Mechanical components v-groove bearings and couplings, lead screws, anti-backlash lead nuts, etc. These need to be run on a CNC machine.

The price is factored by many aspects of the research and development of the blackToe machine and that this website survives by the sales of these machines.

The origin for these layouts is positioned at the lower left corner while looking at the file on the screen. These videos will provide the necessary information for the entire assembly, including the table which does not come with the kit.

In each step, I describe the tools needed and the hardware and parts that are required for the assembly. The first video will cover beginning of the z-axis assembly. The y-axis assembly will be covered thereafter, and finally, the gantry and table will finish the assembly videos.

For supplemental videos on how to attach the roller chain components, go here. Assembly of the z-axis rails and router support. Assembly of the z-axis rails and router support continued. The y-axis support rails and lead screw mounts are assembled in step 3. In this video, the table and rails are assembled. The table is built only for demonstrating the assembly of the machine. The table that I built is rough and not suggested. If a perfectly flat table is desired, a torsion box would be recommended.

See here for torsion box kits offered here. This video explains the connection of the y and z transfer plate and the installation of the z-axis assembly onto the plate. The x-axis anti-backlash nut fastening is completed and a recap of the entire building process is shown. Machine Fabrication and Preparation: The following is a list of what goes into fabrication and preparation of the kits before they get to the customers.

In the manufacturing industry, this is similar to a process routing sheet. Routing Each Sheet: Make sure the machine gantry is against the stops to insure square. Check that the correct end mill in installed in the great collet. Turn on the CNC machine and computer and start Mach3 and remove some of the cobb webs that formed through the night by my pet spiders.

Load the machine with a sheet of MDF and clamp. Home the X,Y and Z axes. Raise the Z-axis off of the material surface and jog the machine for fun. Open the first. Press the start button on Mach3 to invoke the routing.

Look at the beginnings of the routing to make sure everything is in the correct position. Do one of the following while the CNC machine is running. Go to the other computer and design for a while. Write this process routing sheet. Check the routing every so often just to be safe. When the routing is finished, vacuum the table and the floor.

Unclamp the newly routed sheet of MDF. Remove the parts from their holding tabs. Remove the holding tabs using a routing table with a router bit containing a bearing so the edge is very smooth. Do the above process for each MDF sheet and their respective. Preparing each piece: Drill the end edge holes for each of the two Z-axis rail supports using jig 1.

Drill the end edge holes for each of the four z-axis rail middle pieces using jig 2. Drill the holes that are used to fasten the motor mount for these middle pieces using jig 3. Drill the holes into the motor mount that is used to tighten the motor mount around the router using the drill press and vice.

Drill the edge holes for the middle pieces to hold the rail supports and the rails using jig 4. Drill the edge holes into the gantry sides to hold the horizontal pieces for the gantry using jig 5.

Drill the edge holes into the curved back support that attaches to the back of the horizontal gantry supports using jig 6. Make sure the jig is oriented correctly since the holes are not symetrical. Drill the edge holes used to attach the y-rails using jig 7. Drill the holes at the end of each horizontal gantry piece to hold the lead screw or roller chain mounts. Preparing the rails: Cut the rails to length on the circular miter saw. Make sure the aluminum cutting blade is installed inthe saw.

Four x-axis rails, 2 y-axis rails, and two zaxis rails are cut to length Place the first x-axis rail in the CNC Machine and clamp.

Insert the drill mill tool in router. Jog the machine so that the tip of the drill mill is located at the edge of the rail. Jog the machine so that the top of teh drill mill is centered within the aluminum rail. Jog the z-axis down to the surface of where it will dril. The machine will create multiple pilot holes. Take the drilled rail and a rail that has not been drilled to the drill press.

Clamp the two rails together mirroring each other and drill through both rails at each pilot hole. This insures that both rails are perfect pairs. Do this for the remaining x-axis rail and the y and z rails.


Links to Free CNC Plans

Wrong, 2. Actually, I only started counting version numbers from 1. In this version, 2. The CNC Router is in the final steps of my testing and determining the jigs that I will use to fabricate these machines for sale limited quantity during the introduction. This CNC machine will have many improvements over the version 1.


The lead screws and rails are not included. This package is available now and shipping! This page will be left here as a resource for anyone who is still following the original book and plans. The size of this machine if built according to the measurements in the plans, will travel 40" in the x direction, 20" in the y direction and 5" in the z direction. Other table sizes are possible by altering the measurements in the plans and providing the necessary reinforcements. This kit also contains many enhancements from that of the tutorial. The y-axis is appropriately reinforced to minimize any deflection.


Full set of 24" x 36" 40 to 50 page CNC router plans sets with assembly instructions. Description: We decided to bring back the successful CNC router plans option, but to instead offer the plans for the newest and most advanced CNC models. The plans can even include the laser cutter and engraver machine gantry and 4th axis attachments. The CNC router plans come in a 24"x36" 40 to 50 page document set. The sub assemblies with head the part layout and cut sheets. All of the part are laid out at one-to-one scale, so you can lay the sheets right on top of the material and cut it out.

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