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PVC pipe plotter prints pretty pictures

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — January 5th, 2022 Instructables user tuenhidiy wanted to create a new kind of CNC plotter that was unlike nearly all of the others you’ve seen. Rather than use aluminum extrusions or wood, this machine is constructed from various pieces of PVC pipe all cut to exact lengths, hence its name, the “CoreXZ […]

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Learn how to build your own massive 3D-printed CNC router

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — November 3rd, 2021 3D printers are very popular in the maker community and CNC machines complement them well. While 3D printers fabricate parts by adding material over time, CNC mills and routers fabricate parts by subtracting material. That is preferable when working with large parts or when you require a lot of […]

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This massive five-axis CNC machine is 3D-printable

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — August 4th, 2021 CNC (Computer Numerical Control) mills, routers, and lathes are indispensable manufacturing tools. If you need a part that adheres to tight tolerances, you turn to a CNC machine. Industrial CNC equipment is usually large, heavy, and very expensive. But small models exist for light-duty hobby jobs. This DIY version […]

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Two Arduinos are used to control this DIY three-axis CNC plottee

Reading Time: < 1 minute Arduino Team — June 23rd, 2021 We’ve seen a number of homemade CNC machines throughout the years, but Tuenhidiy’s build — made from some discarded materials — is no less impressive. This unique CNC plotter features a frame cleverly constructed out of two wooden wine boxes, which appear to be the perfect size with space […]

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CNC hot wire cutter moves with four axes

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNC hot wire cutter moves with four axes Arduino Team — May 14th, 2020 When working with Styrofoam, a conventional CNC machine like a router or laser cutter just won’t do. However, as shown in Michael Rechtin’s excellent video below, a hot wire can carve foam like butter, creating custom wings for RC aircraft or […]

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Carve 2.5D shapes out of foam with this Arduino-controlled hot wire cutter

Reading Time: 2 minutes Carve 2.5D shapes out of foam with this Arduino-controlled hot wire cutter Arduino Team — February 8th, 2020 You may have a 3D printer or other “digital” tools like a laser engraver or CNC router, but what if you want to work with Styrofoam? As How To Mechatronics demonstrates in his latest project, many of […]

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Reviving an old CNC router with Arduino

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reviving an old CNC router with Arduino Arduino Team — August 12th, 2019 Makerspace i3Detroit was the recent recipient of a free yet non-functioning CNC router. While out of commission when received, the device’s mechanical components and motors appeared to be in operational condition, plus it had a large work surface. The decision was made […]

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This machine bends brass wire with precision

Reading Time: < 1 minute This machine bends brass wire with precision Arduino Team — July 22nd, 2019 Jiri Praus enjoys using brass wire for his freeform sculptures, but isn’t a fan of making the same bends over again. To solve this problem, he designed a CNC machine to handle that task for him. His device features a series of […]

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Facere-Bot is a portable machine that draws iconic photos

Reading Time: < 1 minute Facere-Bot is a portable machine that draws iconic photos Arduino Team — July 10th, 2019 Inventor Artist Darcy Whyte wanted a drawing robot that was light enough to carry around, and could quickly produce drawings. Naturally, he turned to an Arduino Uno, along with a CNC shield and a trio of A4988 stepper drivers. These […]

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Customize your coffee cups with the Mug-O-Matic!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Customize your coffee cups with the Mug-O-Matic! Arduino Team — November 25th, 2018 In order to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, Michael Graham (AKA EngineerDog) has come up with a robot that automatically draws on coffee mugs with a marker—and potentially much more.  In its nominal configuration, the Mug-O-Matic is controlled by […]

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Three-axis rotary machining with Arduino

Reading Time: 3 minutes For many years CNC machining was the purview of well-equipped shops and manufacturing facilities. With the availability of inexpensive control hardware, such as Arduino-based GRBL packages, this type of control has come to the (technically inclined) masses, enabling us to create complicated 2D and 3D shapes automatically. Normally, this means X, Y, and Z axes […]