The creation of an open source CNC router designed specifically for rough cut wood slabs.
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This project will be the creation of an open source CNC router specifically designed for using rough cut wood slabs. 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.
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 working prototype has been constructed and a new design has been made. The new design will allow for greatly expanded production and size of material that can be used. This new machine will allow for massive wood slabs to be loaded via forklift. The CNC would then be capable of cutting joints, curves and designs into the rough wood slabs. We are making the best of a bad situation. As the saying goes, "if life hands you lemons, make lemonade." Life has now handed us tremendous timber resources that would otherwise go to waste. I have come from the IT industry and now I find myself a woodworker....fate.
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....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!
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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.