View Full Version : BUILD LOG: MiniCNC

28-04-2015, 10:11 AM
Hi, folks!

I bought MiniCNC mechanical CNC kit a couple of weeks ago. It is low cost CNC machine designed by "Society of hobby electronics of Slovenia". They made around 150 machines for their members and I am one of them. It's work area is 220mm x 290 mm x 45 mm (ca. A4 paper size).

Here are two videos of already assembled machine:



It is time now to assembly my own. I have already powder coated steel parts and prepared aluminium parts for anodization. I have just ordered masking plugs and polyester tape to protect threads and surfaces with close tolerances against effects of anodization.

I listed some parts bellow which I am planning to install into it.

1x Kress 1050 FME-1
1x 5 Axis CNC Breakout Board http://goo.gl/iavtxo
3x Nema 23 Stepper 1.3NMm 2.8A http://goo.gl/qcsgqs
3x Leadshine M542 V2.0 Microstepping Driver
3x CNC-Plus 20mm Jaw Couplings http://goo.gl/21YrI9
3x CNC-Plus Transmission Element For Couplings http://goo.gl/3rTBVw

And there are some pics of my non-assembled machine:





22-05-2015, 05:46 PM
Got aluminium parts from anodization.


23-05-2015, 09:13 AM
Hi nice small machine, be interesting to see what it does!

something you said caught my guard, is it worth/necessary to anodize your alu parts? I have several parts already machined can I anodize them? or does it change hole sizes and such?

23-05-2015, 11:30 AM
Tidy liitle machine (Andrej knows his stuff!) - are you going to put a front cover plate to protect your X axis? ....that first video you linked to the swarf there is brutal & it will surely prematurely wear out your moving parts.

23-05-2015, 02:47 PM
Honestly, I anodized them because I like the finish. Holes are bigger after anodization, but It is not a big deal since they are bigger for 0.02mm or less. Preventively I protected internal threads with silicone plugs.

It is interesting that bigger parts are darker and thicker anodized. I should ask anodizing guy why.


HankMcSpank: Yes, I am looking for a way to protect moving parts from dust and oil.

07-06-2015, 10:59 PM
I have to make a decision about drivers.

PoLabs PoStep60-256 vs. Leadshine M542 V2.0

Motors: http://www.zappautomation.co.uk/electrical-products/stepper-motors/nema-23-stepper-motors/sy57sth56-4004a-nema-23-stepper-motor.html

What do you guys think?

Boyan Silyavski
10-06-2015, 08:40 PM
I would go with Postep as, you could buy the board, the drivers, 3nm motors and the PSU from them, Unfortunately they sold all drives so they said in something like 3 weeks.

10-06-2015, 09:04 PM
You can get them on http://www.planet-cnc.com/index.php?page=shop

Boyan Silyavski
10-06-2015, 09:10 PM
You can get them on http://www.planet-cnc.com/index.php?page=shop

Hughhhh, 20 euro less????? Or just they still have not made the actual price, selling old batch. Then grab them cause at Pokeys site are 64 euro http://www.poscope.com/PoStep60-256

I wonder if not to grab 4 at that price.

11-06-2015, 01:54 PM
These are the same drivers. They have been on the market since March or April.

24-12-2015, 06:08 PM
Just came over to tell you that Santa is real!



25-12-2015, 01:58 AM
Excellent to have confirmation of that and hope you didn't forget the refreshments for the reindeers!:angel:

25-12-2015, 08:25 PM
Excellent to have confirmation of that and hope you didn't forget the refreshments for the reindeers!:angel:


Forgot to mention the Kress:


Only some sheet metal parts are missing and that's it. :)