It's been a long time since I've posted an update or since we've sent out a newsletter - long overdue! So much has happened recently that it's hard to know... Read more
A year already....
It's hard to believe that it's been a year since we launched this venture - and what an intense and exciting year it has been.
Since then we have shipped... Read more
As we look forward to 2012...
What a crazy Holiday period this has been, both at home and at MyDIYCNC.
We've been working with our new subcontractorand should be getting complete sets of parts very... Read more
New Laser Driver Module Testing
Just a quick update on the Laser Driver Module/Head...
I had an opportunity to mill out the redesigned Laser Driver Module PCB, build and test it. The last... Read more
Stepper Exercises and Farming Out
If you haven't spotted it already, the schematic, circuit diagram, instructions and PCB art for the MyDIYCNC Stepper Exerciser Moduleare posted in the Resources section of our website. This module can... Read more
USB and other dev...
Production is chugging along, slowly but surely. We're still working with a couple of outside vendors to see if we can sub-contract the machining work but so far many disappointments. Either they can't do our precision... Read more
18 Hours, 24 Minutes and 49 Seconds
There's not been much that's newsworthylately to report on. We're toiling away on manufacturing and production which leaves precious little time for anything else these days - hence the... Read more
More News and Updates....
Lots to report in this update. We've been extremely busy building and shipping. I can't remember the last time I got to bed before midnight - there are simply... Read more
Well, today is Labor Day in the US, which holds much significance for us and the project. From a pure labor perspective, this has been a huge undertaking. It... Read more
Step-by-Step Pictorial Build Instructions
Progress is slow but steady here. We're consistently shipping out rewards and product, plodding down through the lists. The end of the standard parallel port systems is (finally) within sight.
Development of... Read more
Yet Another Mascot
The progress here is steady but slow. We're pushing through packaging the Complete Kits and shipping them out, while concurrently buildingour first few Turnkey Systems for... Read more
Newsletters and Rattlesnakes
I hope you've been keeping an eye on our newsletter. That is the primary source for updates about our (frantic) shipping scheduleand progress. We also post information about other... Read more
Hi folks, rather than repeat everything again, please check out the MyDIYCNC newsletter for full details. If you haven't already subscribed, this would be a terrific time to do soand hereafter be automatically kept... Read more
Lots of significant news and developments to update you on.....
1. Comprehensive Plans & Manual eBook
All $12 and up Backers, you hopefully have downloaded your DIY Desktop CNC... Read more
I know I've started many of these updates with a "Finally...", but please allow me this special one...
Finally! -- We shipped our first (physical)Kickstarter Rewards... Read more
I can't believe the DIY Desktop CNC Machine Comprehensive Plans & Manual is finally done! (I need a shorter title for it - and a stiff drink).
Our fantastic team... Read more
The final draft of the DIY Desktop CNC Machine Comprehensive Plans and Manual went out for final review today. This is the last leg.No more to do on it... Read more
Proofreading, Review and Editing...
It's late Monday evening, Memorial Day here in the US. Our Comprehensive Plans and Manual is at 96 pages. There are a couple of appendices to wrap up but... Read more
Monday was spent writing up CNC app configuration, and I got about half way through that. Yesterday was dedicated to the other final piece, the drawings and illustrations.
As I... Read more
Usually I try to synchronize updates, and this typically takes the form of posting an update here on the Kickstarter blog, and then reposting in the Project Updates section... Read more
So Much Writing...update
I promised a Sunday evening update on the final push this weekend to complete the DIY Desktop CNC Machine Comprehensive Plans & Manual.
Well, it's 1 AM here on... Read more
First of all, thank you again for your patience and support. I realize that the final stages of this project as we near the point of shipping rewards has... Read more
We finally received delivery of our completed Spindle Control Modules, and they look great (except they missed a silkscreen layer, no biggie but no logo). I was a bit... Read more
Spindle Controller Module
The Spindle Controller Module bare boards arrived today. We ordered just a few of these to have for kits and as backups. The rest of the bare boards go to... Read more
We Have Power...
Our Power Supplies arrived today. Fifteen cases of 10 units. The shop is filling up... :)
On another note, our friends and backers at Nottingham Hackspace in the UK have lost their... Read more
Check out PublicKnowledge.org's podcast today that included and interview with Stephen from MyDIYCNC (yes, that's me).
Michael Weinberg chatted with me about this Kickstarter project, the DIY Desktop CNC Machine... Read more
Stepper motors finally cleared customs and arrived today (all 600 units) - they're beautiful pieces of engineering. There's a pic below of them stacked beside the boxes of circuit boards... Read more
We've been so busy here manufacturing systems and kitsfor reward fulfillment, getting parts and supplies in stock, managing logistics, procurement and customs, that there's not been much time for R&D... Read more
Our fully-built boards arrived last night. They look beautiful. I can't wait to test out a few samples and put them through their paces.
Every day is crazy busy around... Read more
Works Beautifully :)
The proof is in the pudding.....
Last night I assembled a board using the new fabricated circuit board. I tested it today and it works beautifully. I was... Read more
First Batch of Boards are in!
Today was particularly exciting! Our first set of 300 stepper driver boards came in from the fab house.
These are the bare boards. The populated boards should follow in about... Read more
Production Unit Sneak Preview
Today we were able to assemble the new aluminum frame and new laminated HDF uprightsin an almost-production proof machine. I say "almost" because we're still working on... Read more
Laser Etching Head Kit
Thought I'd mention that in parallel to the main product we're looking to provide a Laser Etching Head Kit for the DIY Desktop CNC Machine.Development on that project is... Read more
Start-to-finish PCB Milling: isolation track routing.
Long overdue for a (non-backer) update. I've been so busy with the business end and logistics of suppliers, procurement and prep for manufacturing that it's been difficult to take time... Read more
My additional USB development parts arrived today. Looking forward to playing with those and taking the FT232R for a spin in bit banging mode.
If I can forego the enable... Read more
Cutting, Pocketing and Spiral Drilling
Took a break from CAD work, vendor negotiating, electronic design and logistics planning to play with the DIY Desktop CNC Machine. Tested the CAD for the motor mounts which requires ... Read more
Wanted to let you all know what's been happening over the last 5 days since the project closed. It's been very busy here on the MyDIYCNC endeven... Read more
Moving Right Along...
No rest on this end. My sample steppers made at the factory to MyDIYCNC specifications arrived this evening. They look awesome.I can't wait to swap out the prior units... Read more
Website e-mail problem
Some folks have mentioned leaving me messages at the www.MyDIYCNC.com website. This afternoon I discovered an error therein the e-mail address those messages were sent to. The e-mail address... Read more
And We're Launched.....!
To our 359 Backers, and everyone else who rallied behind and supported this project - many thanks.
It's been quite a fun, exciting (and at times sleep-deprived)... Read more
A Little 3D Relief
Thought I'd give the DIY Desktop CNC Machine some 3D g-code to work with. A lot of folks have asked about 3D milling.
I had no idea how difficult it... Read more
Well folks, the birthday party went way longer than I expected so I had a very late start on this, but at 4 am PST it's done - here is... Read more
A few folks asked about the spindle in the pics and it's size compared to the CAD rendering. It is a heavier-duty and particularly big one. I thought it a... Read more
Almost there! Today was a big day. The proof-of-design machine is finally built and functioning.
I hooked it up to the electronics (the other part of the endeavor) and gave... Read more
I'm getting quite a few messages asking me about some baseless (and disappointing) claims made about the DIY Desktop CNC Machine by another CNC project here on Kickstarter .
I... Read more
Y and Z Axes
Another end-of-building-day update.
The pre-production prototype Y axis carraige and the Z axisare almost done. Close enough to look like the CAD design after another busy stint in the... Read more
Thought I'd do another end-of-a-busy-day quick update.
Once the Christmas decorations were all put away, and despite a nasty headcold, made good steady build progress this weekend. My anti-backlash nut... Read more
Happy New Year!
To all backers of the DIY Desktop CNC Machine project, just wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year, and a heartfelt "thank you" for all your... Read more
Hi Nottingham Hackspace!
Our UK friends at Nottingham Hackspace like the DIY Desktop CNC Machine. Thanks Dominic et. al. Looking forward to getting you guys set up and seeing what you create with... Read more
Just a quick shot of the new driver board. Today was spent building the latest design boards (thanks to Jameco's excellent delivery service). Tomorrow it gets put through it's paces... Read more
I just have to add how much I like Jameco.
I ordered a bunch of components for those boards around midnight Sunday. Yesterday afternoon I realized I had forgotten (crucial)... Read more
Thought I'd post a quick update before turning in for the night (it's 30 after midnight here in Placerville).
Making good progress on the pre-production prototype, and it's starting to... Read more
Santa Came Early!
With perfect timing for Christmas, the first set of evaluation stepper motors arrived today. They look awesome. Can't wait to put them through their paces on the pre-production prototype. Bearings... Read more
We're on Gearsofbiz.com!
Thanks Mike - great mention!
Check it out at
Old Video and New Building
There have been several requests for video of the original workhorse testbed machine. What I had in the past was crappy and mostly out of focus, so I took some... Read more
Thought I'd update everyone on progress behind the scenes at MyDIYCNC.
We've been verybusy with suppliers dialing in specs and delivery info. We've met with a fabrication shop to... Read more
Facebook and Twitter
I've re-established the MyDIYCNC Facebook page. The original one got messed up somehow, so it's a new start with a new account. I lost all the posts over the big... Read more
We're funded !!! Thank you all!
What an amazing day! We started today at $2,649. It's now just 9pm here in Placerville and the project just blew past our threshold $15K through $16.4K.
Thank you all... Read more
We Made the Front Page of O'Reilly Radar Tech Blog!
This is awesome news! We're on the front page of O'Reilly Radar's tech blog. 180K viewers will get to learn about our project - amazing.
Check out James Turner's article... Read more
New Metal Base Version Now Available for Supporters
Big news folks! The metal base design is completed in CAD. This provides an alternative frame to the original wooden base design.
For all rewards that provide a complete CNC... Read more
If you were wondering what the t-shirt will look like, I just got the designs in, so here's a sneak peek :)