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The DIY Desktop CNC Machine - automated fabrication in your home. Your personal cutting/engraving/etching/milling machine in kit form.

THE CONCEPT:

A modular, inexpensive, versatile desktop-scale CNC machine to put computer-automated machining and fabrication in the hands of creators. Whether they be hobbyists or evil scientists, small-scale manufacturers or budding inventors, the power to go from on-screen design to precision-machined product in a few mouse clicks is very exciting.

See this project Updates section for pictures and video of the working prototype.

This project will result in a finished, new, well-designed CNC machine that will then be made available in kit form at several different project entry points. From well-documented and comprehensive plans and construction manual, through electronics, motor drive and chassis kit combinations, to fully-assembeled systems, there should be a solution to fit any skill-level and/or budget.

THE PROJECT

Born out of frustration with the lack of inexpensive, straightforward and easy-to-build CNC machines I designed a DIY desktop CNC package that addresses all the objections I had with available machines. To that end the electronics are designed to be inexpensive, modular and specifically to drive the most common of stepper motors (bought or scavenged).

The machine is intended to be built by the average DIY-er, either from scratch from plans, or from a full or partial kit. Components and parts are easily available and inexpensive and the design can accommodate recycled (scavenged) parts. The electronics can be driven by several freely available software applications.

WHERE ARE WE SO FAR?

I've developed, prototyped and tested the electronics. The mechanicals have also been tested in a workhorse testbed prototype. The principals of a simple, inexpensive, easy-to-build, modular and extensible design have held up to testing. The end product design has been done in CAD and is ready to "productize". You can read more about the project history at MyDIYCNC

SO WHAT'S NEXT?

This is where you come in. The next step is to produce the DIY Desktop CNC Machine kits. So, with the help of some braniacs I know, we'll build a complete "final product" CNC machine, thoroughly soak test and troubleshoot it, and (this is the really cool part) use it to manufacture the subsequent parts for the kits.

What better test can there be for the DIY Desktop CNC Machine than to have it recreate itself?

Kickstarter will enable us to complete this design project and move it into production. For your support you'll in essence be able to pre-buy the kits at reduced pricing, along with some other goodies we'll include as our "Thank You" for making this exciting venture a reality.

Questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions
Be sure to check out our website at www.MyDIYCNC.com

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    Thank you! We'll mail you a thank you note with a small commemorative plaque engraved on the Mother CNC machine and list you on our website as a valued founding sponsor

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    You will receive a PDF of the complete plans, our comprehensive construction manual, access to our tech support website and forum, and we'll list you on our website as a valued founding sponsor

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    Complete plans, comprehensive builder's manual, tech support website access and 3 of our bare driver board PCBs with component list and assembly instructions, ready for you to populate and build, and we'll list you on our website as a valued founding sponsor

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    Complete plans, comprehensive builder's manual, tech support website access, 3 of our driver board kits, a spindle control kit with wiring diagram and assembly instructions, ready for you to start building your own CNC machine, and we'll list you on our website as a valued founding sponsor (international sponsors note: freight outside of the US will be extra, but charged at our cost)

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    Complete plans, comprehensive builder's manual, direct e-mail tech support access, 3 of our assembeled driver boards, a spindle control board, a complete set of rails and bearings with assembly instructions, ready for you to build your own CNC machine, and we'll list you on our website as a valued founding sponsor (international sponsors note: freight outside of the US will be extra, but charged at our cost)

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    Complete plans, comprehensive builder's manual, Priority VIP tech support access, 3 of our assembeled driver boards, 3 stepper motors with threaded rods, couplings and nuts, a spindle control board, a complete set of rails and bearings, all with assembly instructions ready for you to build your own CNC machine, a very cool commemorative MyDIYCNC t-shirt, and we'll list you on our website as a valued founding sponsor (international sponsors note: freight outside of the US will be extra, but charged at our cost)

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    You will get a complete DIY Desktop CNC Machine kit including 110V spindle and controller, Priority VIP tech support access, a very cool commemorative MyDIYCNC t-shirt, and we'll list you on our website as a valued founding sponsor (international sponsors note: freight outside of the US will be extra, but charged at our cost)

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    The Turnkey Reward: A complete assembled DIY Desktop CNC Machine and User Manual with a starter disk of applications and installation guidance for creating CAD models and outputting them to CAM software to control your CNC machine, for either Windows or Linux systems. You'll also receive a very cool commemorative MyDIYCNC t-shirt, and we'll list you on our website as a valued founding sponsor (international sponsors note: freight outside of the US will be extra, but charged at our cost)

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    The VIP Extra Deluxe Treatment: A complete, operational DIY Desktop CNC Machine and new laptop, pre-configured and tested, running a full version of KCam CAM software, delivered and setup at the location of your choice within the continental 48 US states. Includes personal training and instruction. I'll personally deliver our very cool commemorative MyDIYCNC t-shirt, and we'll list you on our website as a premium founding sponsor. This reward is not available for delivery outside of the continental US.

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