I’d wanted a CNC machine for years. I have more time than income right now—and a cabin to decorate with my partner in the middle of quarantine—so I decided to pull the trigger last month. We didn’t expect how enjoyable of a shared activity this would be, combining her graphic design skills and my engineering (I started this cabin project by building a bunch of custom IOT with Arduino and Raspberry Pi).
Week 1: It took me a week of pretty consistent effort (~5h/day) to get past the test cut.
[sheet#0]: test cuts didn’t go exactly perfectly at first. Once I got my z-axis fixed, though, things got a lot better.
[sheet#1] For my first real cut, I used this popular night stand from the community garden using simple 3/4" particle board. The local Ace Hardware had interior paint on sale, so I threw some green & white on it.
Week 2: At this point, I was able to take a SVG from my partner and import it into Easel. The first thing we did was use the rest of the material from sheet#1 to try our own design. I ran into some more calibration issues, but by the end of the cut I felt I knew what I was doing.
Here’s the two pieces of furniture made from sheet#1. I’m just using particle board and haven’t tried very hard on the finish yet… that seems like a whole new skill to learn
Week 3 Right now, I’m printing a game we invented that’s a mix of corn hole and skeeball. Seems like a fun thing for 4th of July to keep practicing my cuts with
Started digging into tools; I’m now using the WebControl docker container in my Kubernetes cluster, along with MotionEye for video monitoring of cuts, all running on the Raspberry Pi controlling the Maslow. I spent a few days building improvements to the z-axis, but got into the habit of re-zeroing the Z-axis regularly. I need to learn Fusion3D.
Monitoring the cut with MotionEye (recognize the dog etching?)