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New cnc router design
New cnc router design

DVD Educational Video - How to build a Computer Controlled Router

This project will be the production of a DVD video detailing the construction of a DIY open source cnc router.  All steps of the construction will be documented and explained, including material sourcing, fabrication, assembly, and hardware/software configuration. Final CAD design drawings of the cnc system will be open source.

Drought in the central Texas area has devastated the trees in the area, killing more than 500 million trees state wide. We have partnered with a tree removal company which has now given us access to a huge amount of timber resources that would be destroyed otherwise. A cnc router prototype has been constructed and a new design has been created – one specific to the use of rough cut wood slabs.  This new design will allow for massive wood slabs to be loaded via forklift, and easily secured for machining.  The cnc router will be capable of cutting intricate relief carvings, joints, and curves.

The unique feature of this cnc router design compared to others is the table top. It will be made from evenly spaced 2x4's mounted to a slotted iron frame. The 2x4's will provide an ideal securing surface for rough wood slabs, and allow material to be loaded via forklift.

Funding of the project will cover the cost of 4 industrial stepper motors, stainless steel rails and ball screw drives, power supply, 4 axis cnc controller, basic pc, 3KW water cooled spindle, variable frequency drive, and structural iron material.

The final open source CNC design and implementation details will be freely redistributed online in order to accelerate the innovation of the technology. Any pledge of $25 or more will receive a video of the construction of the CNC machine as well as the final CAD design plans - everything necessary to build your own CNC machine. We have no goal of mass producing the CNC machine at this time, only the production of the DVD and the construction of the unit. This will be an interim step to a possible mass production design.

We are overworked and underfunded. Every pledge will help. Thank you for joining us in this project which is sure to be an adventure in engineering and art!

The DVD will be shipped internationally at no extra charge!

Rustic Cutting Board - $50 Pledge
Rustic Cutting Board - $50 Pledge
Military Plaques - Marine, Army, Navy, Airforce Available - $60 Pledge
Military Plaques - Marine, Army, Navy, Airforce Available - $60 Pledge
Edison Quote Plaque - $75 Pledge
Edison Quote Plaque - $75 Pledge
Wildlife Carving - $200 Pledge
Wildlife Carving - $200 Pledge
Rustic Coffee Table - $1000 Pledge
Rustic Coffee Table - $1000 Pledge
Rustic Bookshelf - $1500 Pledge
Rustic Bookshelf - $1500 Pledge
Refrigerator Magnet - $15 Pledge
Refrigerator Magnet - $15 Pledge
Prototype cnc cutting religious relief
Prototype cnc cutting religious relief
Rustic Desk - $2500 Pledge
Rustic Desk - $2500 Pledge

Risks and challenges

The router table must be square and true insure machining accuracy. Vibration of the table must be kept to a minimum and additional bracing may be necessary to address vibration issues. Matching motor power and speed to the material to be machined will be a real challenge due to the nature of rough cut wood slabs. Loading and unloading of material must be rapid and easy - adjustments will need to be made accordingly. Some of the components will be sourced from China and Japan, which can lead to delays due to prolonged shipping times. We are well equipped, experienced, and highly motivated to overcome all difficulty that may arise.

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    Thank you! We'll mail you a thank you card and list you on our website as a founding donor.

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    A wooded refrigerator magnet created by the CNC router with an artistic, intricate design. You will be listed on our website as a founding donor.

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    A DVD video detailing the construction of the router, and a copy of the final plans. You will be listed on our website as a founding donor.

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    Rustic wood cutting board with side juice bowl. A DVD video detailing the construction of the router, and a copy of the final plans. You will be listed on our website as a founding donor.

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    The military option. A US armed forces or patriotic rustic plaque. A DVD video detailing the construction of the router, and a copy of the final plans. You will be listed on our website as a founding donor.

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    Rustic plaque featuring Thomas Edison quote. A DVD video detailing the construction of the router, and a copy of the final plans. You will be listed on our website as a founding donor.

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    Large panoramic wildlife carving in rough cut wood. A DVD video detailing the construction of the router, and a copy of the final plans. You will be listed on our website as a founding donor.

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    Rustic end table. You will be listed on our website as a founding donor.

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    Rustic wood slab coffee table. A DVD video detailing the construction of the router, and a copy of the final plans. You will be listed on our website as a founding donor.

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    Rustic wood slab book shelf with intricate wildlife scene carved into the top. A DVD video detailing the construction of the router, and a copy of the final plans. You will be listed on our website as a founding donor.

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    Rustic wood slab desk with intricate wildlife scene carved into the bottom as seen in the video. A DVD video detailing the construction of the router, and a copy of the final plans. You will be listed on our website as a founding donor.

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    A complete cnc router machine, based on our design. Includes all motors, spindle, and controllers. A DVD video detailing the construction of the router, and a copy of the final plans. You will be listed on our website as a founding donor.

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