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How to Make Your Own CNC Milling Machine

Written By: Bill Griggs - Jul• 16•14

How to Make Your Own CNC Milling Machine

Part 1 make a cnc mill

I recently decided that I wanted a CNC Milling Machine to add to my workshop. A CNC Milling machine will allow me to do my prototype work in my workshop instead of using a service. I thought I would share the process with you and show you How to make your own CNC Milling Machine, by modifying a manual milling machine.

Now, CNC Milling Machines are not (more…)

Latest Version Of Minibloq Released – Minibloq.v0.82:

Written By: Bill Griggs - May• 31•14

Minibloq Released

Minibloq v0.82 released

Minibloq v0.82 released

The latest version of Minibloq released. Minibloq.v0.82 is the latest version released of the Minibloq graphical programming environment. Minibloq allows you to program an Arduino without writing code. Minibloq was originally launched as a very successful Kickstarter project in  June 2011. Since then several updates and additions have been added to the programming environment.

Minibloq is an open source Graphical user interface and programming environment designed to work with the Arduino family of microprocessors. Minibloq also (more…)

Wood Turning

Written By: Bill Griggs - Dec• 31•13

WOOD TURNING

 

PSI Turncrafter Commander VS12
PSI TurnCrafter Commander VS-12

Recently I got a present of a wood turning lathe from my daughter. My daughter knew that I liked wood turning, particularly making pens. So when she chose a gift for me she chose the PennState industries TurnCrafter Commander 12″ variable speed lathe. (more…)

Quadcopters Are Fun

Written By: Bill Griggs - Nov• 30•13

Quadcopter Fun

Quadcopters Are Fun

Quadcopters are fun! I have been flying R/C models for a very long time and sometimes I get bored with it. Finding new things to keep my attention is rare. Quadcopters hold my attention. (more…)

v carving

Written By: Bill Griggs - Sep• 30•13

V CARVING

 

Finished plaque

Finished Plaque

One of the things that CNC machines do well is V Carving. V Carving is a type of carving that uses a “V” shaped bit to create cutouts that vary in width,  with the cut being narrowest closet to the tip and wider towards the top. The deepest point of a V Carved tool path is along the center of the letter or figure being carved. When you create V Carved letters you also (more…)