Build computer controlled manufacturing tools from commonly available materials.
The Maker Faire in Berlin was a great place to be and demonstrate my CNC v3.2.2 for the first time. The mechanics worked fine during the three days and I had talks with many makers, students and teachers so that new ideas came to my mind.
The software is still in a very early stage, but part of the cooperation with Siemens is to make it process G-Code, thus there is pressure on me to do it in the not so far future ;-)
As a short demonstration the machine was cutting octagons from 2mm acrylic plastics.
I always say that small is beautiful, however this machine is huge (it occupies approximately 1x1x1m) and fits in my estate car with almost no space left:
I will build a second mechanics with half the size of this one. I am sure that a working area of 20x15cm will still be enough for most projects.
I am working on a new version of my CNC v3.2 that will be displayed on the stand of Siemens on the Maker Faire in Berlin on May 25. to 27, 2018. Siemens sponsors the development of this machine that is powered by a SIMATIC IOT2020 (Siemens product page). That industrial grade board runs Yocto Linux and has the pin layout of an Arduino Uno, so it's no big deal to implement the IOT2020 in a project like that.
Most of the frame of the new version is now made of chipboard so that the mechanics becomes cheaper and more easy to build. I am using bipolar stepper motors with a4988 driver boards to give people another option to control my CNC v3.2 (a request I got a couple of times). Time will show if the wooden frame is sturdy enough for good results such as with my CNC v3.2.1. If you come to Berlin, you can have a look at this new prototype and see it running.
While I still haven't done all of the coding to make my software process gcode, there is a huge improvement on the construction side of my CNC v3.2 project:
[Unrud] has rewritten the source of my openSCAD model to give it a better readability. Furthermore the drill holes are now included as well. Finally he has written a Python script that extracts the length of the bars and the scheme for all the drill holes from the openSCAD file. Fantastic work, thanks a lot!
With those tool it will be more easy to change the dimensions of the machine to meet your requirements.