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15-08-2009, 10:41 PM

I'm thinking of building a cnc router to help with my hobby of building and flying radio Control scale gliderrs. These can be very intricate and difficult to cut the parts for. I can draw in 2d CAD and am looking to build a simple cnc roouter to do this.

Any suggestions as to machines and electronics would be much appreciated.

16-08-2009, 01:06 AM
Welcome belfastboy,

Assuming you want to construct your own and not buy something off the shelf, there are many designs available. I cannot give you a recommendation (others may chip in here), a lot depends on the work size you require. Many here have designed their own using ideas off the web. A lot can be done with a simple design built from MDF using basic hand tools. A home-built device with a work area 500mm x 500mm can be done for as little as 200 - 300 with care as long as low (0.1mm) accuracy and low speed is acceptable.

Both the Solsylva (http://www.solsylva.com/)and Rockcliffe (http://www.mycncuk.com/forums/www.rockcliffmachine.com/cnchome.htm)designs are well represented but there are many other sites.

A quick Google findsthe following too:

www.cncroutersource.com/cnc-router-plans.html (http://www.cncroutersource.com/cnc-router-plans.html)

www.freecncplans.com/ (http://www.freecncplans.com/)

www.hobbycnc.com/ (http://www.hobbycnc.com/)

www.cncinformation.com/cnc-kits-cnc-plans-cnc-blueprints/ (http://www.cncinformation.com/cnc-kits-cnc-plans-cnc-blueprints/)

to start with.

My recommendation to you is do a lot of reading, be clear about what you want the machine to do (and be realistic about your DIY/construction skills and your budget), and ask lots of questions... but above all, do it!