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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, June 6 2013 7:43 AM UTC +00:00
£4,985
pledged of £20,000pledged of £20,000 goal
27
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, June 6 2013 7:43 AM UTC +00:00

About

My name is Mike Gaylor and I am the owner of Routout CNC Ltd, We are a small family business - three of us :) I have built and sold CNC Machines for nearly 10 years, this however is a different approach as this machine will be completely open source including mechanical drawings and the electrical drawings (stepper motor driver boards).The goal is to produce a complete CNC machine based on one of our existing CNC machines allowing a cheap but reliable machine to be built.  As a company we feel that it is time to give something back to the community  this will allow schools, colleges  small businesses, hobby users in fact anyone that wants a cnc machine to own one at a low cost. One of the goals to the project is is where ever possible it should be able to self replicate therefore the machine would be able to cut repair parts out and even make another machine. The machine will be designed is such a way (and the design is nearly complete) so that to increase the length you can simple bolt on another section making the machine truly modular (when you grow out of the small machine simply make it bigger) The machine will be able to run from Mach 3, Linux CNC (EMC2) etc.

So what are we going to change from the machine shown in the picture ?

We firstly  would like to were ever possibly allow the machine to replicate it's self, secondly the machine needs to be modular so that it can be made bigger as your needs for your machine get more adventurous. All Plated parts will be made from 1 thickness sheet material therefore allowing the machine to be built from plastic / wood metal etc.

We are designing a case to house the new electronics (stepper motor drivers etc) to be mounted on the machine.

Machine Specifications:

  • Drive : Belt X & Y
  • Machine cutting area 350mm wide X 350mm long & allow for modular length extension.
  • Machine cutting / Rapid speed 5000mm / per min
  • Machine drive software Mach 3, Linux CNC, K Cam etc
  • 43mm holder to fit standard routers such as the kress
  • Machine will cut wood, plastic, soft non ferrous metals i.e aluminium, brass, copper etc. 

OSCNC Machine with Base board.
OSCNC Machine with Base board.

As you can imagine it's a lot of work to release a machine on an open source basis - Constructional Documentation, Kitted Parts, Wiring Diagrams, Complete design of Stepper motor Drivers from scratch. The whole machine including the electronics to drive the machine will be released under the open source licence. It is actually two projects rolled into one, the CNC Machine and the stepper motor driver electronics. So if you have an interest in either please place pledge.

Open Source! What does it mean.

Firstly after after the project is complete all of the CNC Machine including Stepper driver electronics, PCB's Etc will be released Free for all to use, modify, change etc and a website page will be setup to allow users to interact and download the material free of charge and licence free. In fact you will have the right to do anything you wish with the plans, you can make / sell reproduce change modify, or just build yourself a machine :) It's your choice.

So how far have we got....

Well, we have a machine in prototype stage & we have the electronics designed and working, we still need to finalize the PCB (see picture below of the current PCB Layout). All the documentation needs writing (parts lists, assembly and operation manual etc) and all the kits need producing.

Layout for 3 axis 2.5 amp driver PCB for OSCNC
Layout for 3 axis 2.5 amp driver PCB for OSCNC

With your help we will create a fantastic machine with a cost to fit all pockets.

Pledge.....

If you like the project, want a kit, want a fully built machine there is a pledge for you so please help us to reach the goal and make this project a reality. We need to reach £25,000 to make this project viable so go on help us, to help you create this wonderful open source CNC machine to fit every budget. For those who want to know exactly what you are getting for your pledge see the spead sheet below:

OSCNC.pdf

Where will we Manufacture or Kits / built products ?

All parts / machines will manufactured and assembled from here in our Workshop in south Wales UK.

So what will you do with the pledge?

The pledge will be used to fund the development of the machine , manufacture PCB's, Put together the kits, sortout the documentation etc to a stage that it can be released as a complete open source CNC Machine, and of course send out the orders to complete the pledges, and you on your way to building / receiving your very own CNC machine.

Risks and challenges

There are a few risks associated with the project that may set back the delivery time, however we are a dedicated team who have been working on the similar projects for nearly 10 years and have dealt with many hiccups along the way. With our new Kickstarter backers joining the team we hope that nothing could stand in our way.

So please even if you just have an interest in CNC help us get the completely free open source machine started. Every little Pledge Helps :) We can't do it without you. Thanks.............

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.25

    Thanks you so much, every little Helps we are £1 nearer our goal of making CNC Affordable. :) We will add you to the list of contributors, that will be shown on the website.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $31

    Full PDF and DXF drawing of the CNC Machine Parts with assembly manual emailed to you.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $125

    Same as above all PDF and DXF drawings, all flat plated parts cut on the a CNC machine. Including shipping. Outside the UK will be £25 shipping

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    Pledge £800 or more About $1,004

    This is the full KIT of every thing needed to build your machine. Same as above all PDF and DXF drawings, All plated parts and the timing gears and belts and Tool holder, all rails and bushes, the Z axis and all electrical parts including stepper motors, stepper drivers and the aluminium frame. We will also include the G-Code files so that you can cut out parts to make another machine and self replicate with easy on your own cnc machine !. If you would prefer the stepper drivers assembled add £30

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    Pledge £980 or more About $1,230

    This is the Delux full KIT of every thing needed to build your machine 350mm X 350mm machine including a 1/2 day workshop at our premisis - use our tools and facilities or a video conferance session to help you build and run your machine if your to far away to get down to South Wales, Uk :). All PDF and DXF drawings, All plated parts and the timing gears and belts and Tool holder, all rails and bushes, the Z axis and all electrical parts including stepper motors, stepper drivers and the aluminium frame. We will also include the G-Code files so that you can cut out parts to make another machine and self replicate with easy on your own cnc machine !. If you would prefer the stepper drivers assembled add £30

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    Pledge £1,100 or more About $1,380

    Thank you very much your support is greatly appreciated, You will get PDF and DXF drawings for the machine, and one fully built and tested CNC machine delivered to your door ready to run. We will also include the G-Code files so that you can cut out parts to make another machine and self replicate with easy on your own cnc machine !

    We have had to add £300 shipping for NON UK Pledges as the machines are big and heavy to ship, however if the delivery is less, the difference will be refunded. :) Thanks

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    Pledge £1,110 or more About $1,393

    This is the Delux full KIT of every thing needed to build your machine 500mm X 500mm machine including a 1/2 day workshop at our premisis - use our tools and facilities or a video conferance session to help you build and run your machine if your to far away to get down to South Wales, Uk :) All PDF and DXF drawings, All plated parts and the timing gears and belts and Tool holder, all rails and bushes, the Z axis and all electrical parts including stepper motors, stepper drivers and the aluminium frame. We will also include the G-Code files so that you can cut out parts to make another machine and self replicate with easy on your own cnc machine !. If you would prefer the stepper drivers assembled add £30

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    Pledge £1,250 or more About $1,568

    This is the top Pledge, Same as above but with high torque motors. Thank you very much your support is greatly appreciated, You will get PDF and DXF drawings for the machine, and one fully built and tested CNC machine delivered to your door ready to run with high torque german stepper motors. (more cutting force for that more demanding project) We will also include the G-Code files so that you can cut out parts to make another machine and self replicate with easy on your own cnc machine ! We have had to add £300 shipping for NON UK Pledges as the machines are big and heavy to ship, however if the delivery is less, the difference will be refunded. :) Thanks

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    Pledge £1,530 or more About $1,920

    This is the Delux full KIT (with High Torque Motors) of every thing needed to build your machine 2ft X 4ft machine including a 1/2 day workshop at our premisis - use our tools and facilities or a video conferance session to help you build and run your machine if your to far away to get down to South Wales, Uk :).. All the PDF and DXF drawings, All plated parts and the timing gears and belts and Tool holder, all rails and bushes, the Z axis and all electrical parts including stepper motors, stepper drivers and the aluminium frame + High Torque Motors. We will also include the G-Code files so that you can cut out parts to make another machine and self replicate with easy on your own cnc machine !. If you would prefer the stepper drivers assembled add £30

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- (30 days)