We are building an Ox CNC router and would like to share the journey with you.
First of all, thank you for visiting our website and liking our Facebook page!
For those whose might be wondering, a CNC is a computer controlled cutting machine. There are various sorts of CNCs, e.g. laser cutter, 3D printer, milling machine, etc. CNC’s also come in a variety of sizes, from small desktop CNC’s to large commercial CNC’s used for cabinetry, signs and boat making. We are excited to start working on a desktop sized CNC Router, which can cut various materials, such as wood, metal, foam and plastics. This is ideal for hobbies, engineering prototyping, product development, art, and production work. We’ll be using ours for machining PCB (printed circuit boards), profile cutting aluminium plates, cutting acrylic and prototyping 3D parts in timber, MDF and foam.
CNC stands for computer numerical control. There are two software applications that you use for running a CNC – CAD, which is a program you use to design in, and CAM, which translates those designs into a G-Code program of instructions for the machine to use. CNC’s can be controlled directly by manual programming, but CAD/CAM programs made programming of designs much easier, more powerful and takes away the mundane task of writing thousands of lines of code.
Anyone can build a CNC Router and we hope our website and build log help and inspire you! We’ll be posting updates of our progress so be sure to check back for updates on a regular basis!
If you have any questions or feedback along the way, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’re happy to help you on your journey!
Below you will find links to each of stage of our build that we will update as it happens. Please also know that this is by no means a perfect plan or guide quite yet as we are still finding small changes and improvements so check back often for updates!
This build log follows a standard Ox build using Robert Hummel plates. We have since moved to Blue Ox Solution plates and have noted these differences throughout the build log.
- Preparation of V-Slot
- Wheel Assembly
- Z Axis
- Carriage Front Plate
- Carriage Rear Plate
- Gantry Sides
- Gantry assembly
- Router Base
- Y & Z Motor Mount