- February 8, 2016 at 8:54 am #7253
What are some of the things you guys have made with your Mostly printed cnc- 3d printed, mill, or laser? For 3d printing, thingiverse has tons of ideas that get me thinking, but there is practically nothing on there for using a router. I had a bit of a struggle when I made my initial purchase of my first 3d printer of finding “useful” things to make, but then I got going on the MPCNC project and have had my printer running almost continuously for over 2 weeks.
My first project when I get my z-axis issues figured out is to make motor mounts out of some hdpe sheet, since no matter what I did, I couldn’t keep my roller motor mounts from warping while printing.
Even test cuts, learning experiences, and things that didn’t turn out are appreciated! (pics) Thanks.February 8, 2016 at 4:29 pm #7292
I will start. Adjusted my driver voltage on Z to .72v. It still clunks a little, but apparently it’s not missing steps anymore.
Just the first job I have gotten through without losing steps. I didn’t have anything so I had my wife draw something up in tinkercad quick, her name.
Took 29 minutes, but it could have gone waaaayyy faster, I had a 1mm depth of cut, and 10mm/s rough, and 15mm/s finish with depth of .3mm. Gotta start somewhere.
Attachments:February 8, 2016 at 7:04 pm #7298
A one more thing from tonight, found a .png file on google that looked like I could make it work, used an online converted to make it a .svg, scaled it down in inkscape, loaded in to repetier and this is what came out. Would have been really cool if I had a 1.5mm mill, I have some on order.
Attachments:February 8, 2016 at 7:31 pm #7300
first engraving on perspex using a Dremel and .8 engraving bit, a tad out of alignment due to perspex only held down with tape
Attachments:February 9, 2016 at 7:17 am #7310
That’s awesome! What steps/programs did you use to get your file into gcode? That is a really professional look! I went cheap with my practice material, damaged mdf from menards. 3′ x 7′ sheet for $4 haha.February 9, 2016 at 11:49 am #7314
Here is my first project I made for my wife.
February 9, 2016 at 1:08 pm #7317
ripped image from google images search for spiderman vector, opened in Illustrator and exported as dxf then just loaded into estlcam and clicked engrave on all lines exported as nc then just played with depth trial and error, not 100% due to not levelling bed perfectly… more to comeFebruary 9, 2016 at 6:22 pm #7333
Mark, I’m not sure if you know this but inkscape can turn raster images into vector artwork. The function is called trace bitmap. I saw you mention an online converter so I wasn’t sure if you knew about this function.February 9, 2016 at 6:32 pm #7334
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I tried printing pcflyers dust shoe twice, and twice it failed, 2 hours into 6 hours….
So why not cut it out of wood?
Would be a little better with square corners versus the radiused edges with a square end mill. Only took 40 minutes! Could have been faster. Probably should remember to put tabs in next time, it gets a little scary at the end.
James- Thanks for that. I tried doing that once, and it crashed my computer, so I figured it must not have been the right way. But I will try again with something a little more simple than last time I tried.
Attachments:February 9, 2016 at 7:02 pm #7339
Great idea! I think I might remake my dust collector out of wood!February 10, 2016 at 2:50 am #7345
Very cool, Mark! I hadn’t thought of that. What did you use to generate the gcode?February 10, 2016 at 6:34 pm #7382
For the g-code for the dust shoe, I just loaded the .stl into estlcam, and pretty much let it do all the work! I used a 3/4″ piece of scrap plywood I had laying around, Set the depth limit to just over the plywood thickness, and let it rip.
Here is what I worked on tonight. Finished up the dust shoe and got it on, and then had my wife find a picture on google and I engraved it using dremel engraving bit. I put some primer down so the contrast could really be seen.
Attachments:February 11, 2016 at 1:44 pm #7405
Can you post the G-Code. I am not very capable yet..February 11, 2016 at 2:14 pm #7407
It is sized for 3/4″ plywood, but if you do cut it out, I would recommend starting with the cutting tool maybe 1mm off the surface so you don’t break through with your rough cut. I should have added tabs to it. Watch the circle cut outs as well, one my popped lose, so I paused the print and pulled the piece out so the finish passes wouldn’t hit it and break the tool. The program is written for 1/8″ cutting tool.
My finish passes in that code don’t take much off, but its still fun to watch it work! Hope my zip file works for you.
Attachments:February 11, 2016 at 2:25 pm #7410
Very nice work on the dragonfly!February 11, 2016 at 2:28 pm #7411February 11, 2016 at 4:17 pm #7414
My wife and I have been busy using our MPCNC to make picture frames.
I also just finishing a laser engraving job for a coworkerFebruary 11, 2016 at 5:03 pm #7415
Wow! Nice work. I like the bright green one and the one above it. Might have to try one myself.February 12, 2016 at 2:08 am #7423
Did you use a round-tipped tool to get the profile in the frame?February 12, 2016 at 4:33 am #7425
No, I use a larger router with a cove bit and do that part by handApril 1, 2017 at 6:31 pm #30645
I am looking help with setting up my mpcnc machine to do 2D cutting using the simplistic software you can suggest. I have the standard Mega Ramps Marlin Repetier setup. I find Estlcam very confusing and poorly documented. I would like to try Tinkercad first and move up to Fusion 360 in the future. Does anyone know step by step instructions to set up Tinkercad to MPCNC as shipped? Should I change the Arduino board and Firmware to be compatible with Tinkercad? Or do you suggest a different approach to be able to draw a pattern and have my router cut it out.
Any help would be appreciated.April 2, 2017 at 8:18 am #30677
Estlcam has information boxes on every input box if you hover your mouse on it. Unfortunately I have found it to be far and away the least complicated CAM software. I have a few tutorials up in writing and “some old guy coding” on youtube has step by step videos using a few different software suites with the MPCNC. Maybe one of them will catch your eye a little more.April 2, 2017 at 9:35 am #30684
love the work guys wish you guys would share more its awesome! love that big welcome sign.. what size bed did you cut that on?April 2, 2017 at 12:46 pm #30698
As far as simple software for my CNC projects I use Inkscape for all the design work, and then use jscut (www.jscut.org) for the CAM part of it. Both of these are free and they play extremely well together.
I have some tutorials on this for CNC stuff on my YouTube Channel at “drez20001” This was an easy project using both Inkscape and jscut. This was cut on a small 3040 CNC but the fundamentals for the design and G-code generation would be the same.
DanApril 13, 2017 at 2:01 am #31324
I am new to MPCNC. Just started writing and testing using pen :). I saw great job you have done and I still need to learn a lot. Currently waiting for laser, printing meantime Dremel mount and would like to install V6 E3D extruder. Will try to engrave something , perhaps dragonfly. Which bits you use ? For engraving a Dremel bit is OK?
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