A modular tabletop CNC platform for education. Tools should be easy to swap (Eg dremel, drill, laser) and software calibration should be reliable and simple to use.
Low-cost and lightweight calibration should be used. Accuracy and Precision will not be as good as industrial equipment but sub-mm should still be possible. This will be good enough for rapid prototyping and educational purposes.
First conceptual Sketchup image uploaded - this is a 1000x500mm bed with a moving gantry for XYZ movement. X (gantry motion along length of bed) should ideally be done with lead screws but could also be roller bearings. Y and Z must either be lead screws or cheap ballscrews from aliexpress. An H-belt mechanism was considered but with lower-cost mechanical components this is likely to decrease accuracy to an unacceptable level.
NEMA stepper motors will be used for all axis. It may be cheaper to use 2 stepper motors and drivers per axis than to use mechanical linkages - this will need to be determined in the first round of testing. Using two motors per axis may also help to reduce backlash.
Framework is intended to be lasercut (or routed) out of MDF for testing and acrylic for the final product.