Monthly Archives: October 2010

Table progress

Alright, made some good progress tonight. I routed a hole for the table stepper and gears with the little dremel. This was a bit of an exercise in patience as the dremel appears to be designed for smaller tasks, but … Continue reading

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Shop time and safety talk

I tried to do this without buying hardware but I came to the conclusion that my time is worth something too :), not to mention my eyes. When working with lasers like this (which I believe should be classified Class … Continue reading

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The diode laser

The laser I used to own a large (and overly noisy) dell tower pc, it was clunky heavy and didn’t actually perform as good as the price tag suggested. So I wasn’t to sad the day it died on me. … Continue reading

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No luck on keeping the metal bridge

Well after looking and trying to fit the Lexmark stepper motor to the metal bridge I’ve decided to ditch it and use some wood I had sitting around the garage from previous projects. So I used the metal rod, the … Continue reading

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DC Motors are out.

So as it turns out, controlling a DC motor plus position encoder might be more then I want to take on right now. This means I need to find two steppers. Luckily the Lexmark printer is a multi-function model as … Continue reading

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Saturday, overview of source materials and goals

So I’ve been reading all these fun posts on people making CNC laser cutters with nothing but some old printers, scanners and a CDROM drive. Being somewhat of a tinkerer myself, I decided to give it a go. We’ve had … Continue reading

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