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Laser Cutting Paper

I’ve been a bit quiet the past few weeks and it’s all for good reason! I’ve been working on my skills creating laser cut paper pieces. This is new to me as I’ve learnt to program gcode for milling but using a 2W laser module is a new concept to me. I’ve been toying with […]

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My CNC Workflow

Wow, the blogs got off to a good start! Seem’s everyones a bit too hesitant to leave comments on posts but I’ve been inundated with email questions about bits and pieces and parts of my setup. One of the main questions I’ve been recieving is how I go about getting an idea from head to […]

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Electronics Enclosure for the CNC – Fitting It All In a Box

Currently all my electronics have just been strewn all over the place with jumpers and all sorts of cut up cables everywhere and I’m now in a bid to tidy this all up. I want to let my girlfriend use the laser setup on the machine when I’m out so it’s going to have to […]

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Shapeoko LED Workpiece Lighting Mod

I recently got hold of a 5M length of 5630 LED strip. This is a really bright white LED strip that can be cut into small lengths or larger lengths and only needs a 12v power supply added – no need for LED drivers. This comes stickybacked and with the option of it being waterproofed […]

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433MHz Arduino Transmitter and Receiver – Communicating Wirelessly

Another day, another project. Again this is slightly to do with the CNC but it’s mainly about me learning about Arduino and getting things to work nicely. I ordered some 433MHz transmitter and receiver modules from China for a few pennies a few months ago. I lost hope of these arriving in all honesty and […]

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[UPDATED – JUNE 2015] The HY-DIV268N-5A Stepper Driver and GRBL – TB6600

UPDATE [JUNE 2015]: Sorry about the confusion this post has caused many people – It has been a miss match of the old post and the new post so I am currently rewriting the whole lot again! There us a great thread here on cnczone UPDATE: I now have this working! I have attached a […]

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The Weekend Project 1 – GRBL LCD Display – Part Two – Fail and Recovery!

A recap of my weekend plus monday and tuesday morning! The aim of this project was to get an LCD display to display GRBL’s position. The way I was going to achieve this was to spy on the TX and RX lines from GRBL using the arduino pro mini as the proxy. This was a […]

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The Weekend Project 1 – GRBL LCD Display

I really want an LCD display for my CNC router and I have a 20×4 LCD lying around in my collection that I really want to make use of. It was purchased for a project that never went ahead but I love it’s blue backlight and I have been planning on building a panel for […]

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Supplies and Suppliers – All the way from China

I’ve been looking for somewhere to compile a list of worthwhile Chinese supplies I regularly use to buy components and other cheap Chinese parts from and here is no better place! Below is an ever updating list of eBay stores, direct websites and other sources of Chinese suppliers. Chinese Suppliers: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/txhangelectronic/ aka alice1101983 http://stores.ebay.co.uk/etangelectronics/ aka etang_uk http://stores.ebay.co.uk/assisielectricuk/ […]

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2-in-1 Voltmeter and Ammeter – Cheep Chinese Electronics: Part 2 – Getting the 2 in 1 working!

My plan today was to get this voltmeter/ammeter working. I had the day off work to go look at installing CCTV somewhere then to come home and spend the rest of the day trying to get this to work before I look after my daughter in the evening. This did not happen as planned but… […]

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2-in-1 Voltmeter and Ammeter – Cheap Chinese Electronics

During the build of the CNC I decided to cheap out on a lot of the parts and get them from china instead of the UK and save some money. I was in no rush with the CNC so I didn’t mind waiting for the postage which wasn’t actually that bad. The one great problem […]

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Creating an iPhone Dock

I’ve been working on some designs for an iPhone dock for my desk at work with my new iPhone 6 Plus. This is a big phone and it doesn’t fit in the old cheap dock lying around at work. I decided I didn’t want another cheap plastic one now I had a CNC at home […]

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CNC Job Completion Alarm

I’m currently building a CNC mill and laser cutter all in one machine based on the Shapeoko 2 running GRBL. It spans 1M by 1M which is pretty big and to keep the noise down in the house it lives in my workspace in the attic of the house. This is great because it’s out […]

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