Ballscrew Upgrade – How To Make Your Own CNC Milling Machine

Written By: Bill Griggs - Oct• 31•14

Ballscrew Upgrade

How To Make Your Own CNC Milling Machine – Part 3

ballscrew mount #cnc

One of the first optional I decided to Make to my CNC Milling Machine was a Ballscrew upgrade. I decided to upgrade the Acme Thread Leadscrews to BallScrews. A Ballscrew (sometimes spelled Ball Screw) is a type of linear actuator that translates rotary motion into linear motion. It uses ball bearing in a helical groove to transfer the motion with very little friction. Because of this low friction fit, ballscrews have less backlash or slop than Acme leadscrews and (more…)

Inexpensive CNC router tables that won’t break the budget.

Written By: Bill Griggs - Sep• 30•14




Recently, a wood working friend on Twitter asked for my advice. He wanted to know if their were any inexpensive CNC router tables that won’t break the budget? CNC router tables can be an expensive investment in your woodworking hobby, but I feel it brings a variety of new options to your woodworking. My first response was to ask an what his budget was for the project.  When he responded that he would like to spend between $500 and $1000 including software, I knew he was in for a shock. I told him that he could expect to spend about as much on a CNC router table as he would spend on a SawStop table saw (or two). He was understandably disappointed by my response, but it got me thinking. Was it possible? Here is what I found out. (more…)

Dirty Little Secret – How To Make Your Own CNC Milling Machine

Written By: Bill Griggs - Jul• 29•14

Dirty Little Secret

Part 2

Dirty Little Secret

When I decide I wanted to learn how to make your own CNC milling machine, I asked some friends for advice. All of these folks owned machine tools and as I talked to them a dirty little secret emerged. Knowing about this sordid tale is crucial to your success. What is the Dirty Little Secret? Well pull up a chair and I will do my best to tell you.

The dirty little secret of how to make a CNC Milling machine is also true when owning any machine tools. The Dirty Little secret is (more…)

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…)