CNC Wish List
After only a couple of months of manufacturing my CNC Router I have already come up with some design improvements. I am sure that this list will steadily increase as time goes on. This is actually one reason that I started to build my own machine. To find out the features I wanted, needed and thought I wanted.
My next machine will be considerably larger. Hopefully either 4'x4' or even 4'x8'. This machine will have full size router capability and possibly a plasma cutter attachment.
Items to consider for this larger design include:
Faster feed rate (more aggressive lead screw (5TPI), servo's, higher voltage (75V) power supply)
Larger table for bigger projects! 4x4 or 4x8...
Bigger cutter (router) for faster cuts
Built in vacuum attachment for dust control
Dust/sound enclosure for noise/dust control (see Stayner C.I.'s Router Cabinet for some info)
I have started work on the all of the above. I expect this project to take about a year since I can not put very much time into it for the next few months.
The steps and status are:
Design/build 75V/5V power supply. Some electronic parts are ordered (June 12, 2002).
Obtain a suitable case for power supply and servo controls (case ordered from camtronics June 2002).
Decide on servo controller (likely gecko's).
Discover as much as possible on servo's
Obtain hardware to connect servos to leadscrews, bearings etc.
Obtain hardware for linear rails.
Design a cable harness assembly using some type of plastic chain housing.
That is about all for the "wish list".