by Morgana Matus:
Since the first wheels of mass production started turning during the Industrial Revolution, fine craftsmen and DIYers have found it more difficult to sustain their crafts. Until recently, those handmade-focused entrepreneurs who wanted or needed access to the latest technology would have to assemble a large amount of capital for items such as 3D printers or CNC machines. Those who couldn’t afford the high overhead were left to envy those wares and hope for a price decrease.
Makerspaces: A Revolution in Sustainable Production - [Link]
Touring factories in Shenzhen: Visiting an assembly line, Seeedstudio and a CNC shop
Shenzhen is the geek’s paradise and can be described as an awesome concentration of very different companies, all within an hour cab ride from your hotel. If you ever go there, I highly recommend you to have a look at Ian’s article to get practical informations. Shenzhen is located in the south of China, right next to the border with Hong Kong. I therefore decided to spend my first day in this former British colony to buy myself a nice camera to bring back cool videos of my adventures.
Touring in Shenzhen video series from Limpkin - [Link]
Making your own PCB boards for DIY electronics projects is not difficult. Doing so as a DIY project is extremely handy and allows almost anyone to custom design one-off, or small batch circuit layouts relatively quickly and cheaply, without the need for the volumes or costs involved in using the services of professional circuit board manufacturers. With care, DIY PCB project results are usually of extremely high quality and are very satisfying. Even more interest can be added to projects when printed circuit boards are combined with CNC cutter designs for shaping of the circuit boards.
There are various different methods for making PCB boards. Each method has various pros and cons, with most considerations being linked to cost, quality of finished product, accuracy required for fine circuits and availability of chemicals and materials.
DIY Etching of Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) - [Link]
by rbandrews @ imgur.com
How I spent my weekend: making a Arduino-ish handheld game system, with a CNC mill and some misc. electronics.
Making a Handheld game - [Link]
aldricnegrier @ instructables.com writes:
The objective of this instructable is to guide your way throw the entire making process of building a BuildersBot machine. An Arduino controlled CNC Router that can also perform 3D printing.
The instructions will cover all areas such as, mechanics, electronics and software.
Arduino Controlled CNC / 3D Printer - [Link]
Trochilidesign @ instructables.com writes:
This Instructable will show you how I built my CNC milling machine. I know a lot of CNC dreamers do not have the knowledge or tools to build a full metal machine. I still think and hope this Instructable inspires you to make your own machine. I include all of the necessary steps I went through in designing and building this CNC milling machine. All of the drawings I used to build my machine will be available.
Building your own CNC router/milling machine - [Link]
cdtaylor51 @ instructables.com writes:
I bought a CNC machine some time ago and I was never happy with it. It used a traditional parallel port controller and of course no modern computers have those. So it was always a point of frustration. I used an old Pentium based computer and ran LinuxCNC on it for a while but was still not happy with that. So I started looking for another solution. I decided that I would try to put together an Arduino based controller and try to use USB to communicate with it.
Raspberry Pi Alamode CNC Controller - [Link]
The Nomad 883 is a ready-to-run CNC Mill that’s at home in any environment.
With The Nomad 883 we’ve taken the guesswork out of operating a CNC machine. Everything you’ll need to get started is included – software (for Mac and PC), cutters, cables, even a starter pack of material. You’ll be cutting parts out on day one. The Nomad 883 is fully enclosed to control the mess and limit the noise. You can get a Bamboo enclosure for a home or studio, or a durable HDPE enclosure for the shop or garage.
The Nomad CNC Mill - [Link]
by joebell @ instructables.com
This project is a small CNC mill that can be assembled from store-bought and laser-cut parts for about $800 without machine tools. (If you have access to a shop with a chop saw and a drill press that’ll be helpful, but you can get by with a hacksaw and some wrenches.) As pictured it has about a 4″ x 6″ x 1.5″ working volume, but it can easily be expanded and modified.
Make a CNC mill with a laser cutter - [Link]
Ian D. Miller made a Raspberry Pi powered laser engraver using two old DVD RW drives. He writes:
engravR is a Raspberry Pi powered laser engraver built primarily using two old DVD RW drives. It was built following the following tutorial: http://funofdiy.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-raspberry-pi-controlled-mini-laser.html Note that I did make changes to the code given there in order to allow remote engraving and to be able to read the kind of GCode that GCodeTools generates. It is available at the above GitHub link.
engravR – RPi Laser Engraver - [Link]