* Updated at: May 10, 2022
This was a huge project that took a lot of learning and previous experience I have gained to complete.
If you find yourself wanting to tackle this project, I recommend reading through the whole wiki multiple times and hanging out in the discord a while before starting. Also head over to Projects by Brian YouTube channel and watch his videos, they are a huge help! It is one of the best communities that I have ever experienced. Everyone there is ready and willing to help you complete your build.
I decided I wanted an oversize build so I could fit any 4'x4' board on the machine for cutting. Using metric was easier and more planned out vs converting to imperial for this project. My cutting area I did was 1350mm by 1350mm so I would have some spare room for clamping.
There are over 300 holes I had to drill and top for this project. My advise is to go slow and take your time to think things out. My overall cost for this project was just under $3000. It can be done for much cheaper but I went for some nice upgrades in components and size.
This page lays out the exact steps needed in what order to get your cnc built and running. - https://wiki.printnc.info/en/v3/planning
I have included a list of everything I bought - Shopping List
Make sure to shop around for steel prices and verify the radius is within the requirements needed.
Cleaning off steel mill was next:
Din rail mounts for stepper drivers
Hmm I need a table!
First cut, I dont think it is suppose to be smoking.. (I had to swap a black wire to correct the direction of the spindle)
Time for a real base board and spoil board. More bolts needed!
Water pump sensor tied to blue light on enclosure. When the spindle turns on, it triggers the relay for the water pump. When water is flowing this sensor will trigger a relay for the blue light on the front of the enclosure.
Tool Height Setter