Rather than purchasing a router mount, I cut one from 3/4″ MDF and hopefully will cut an aluminum one later on. If anything, cutting these will get you up and running until you have the money for a purchased one.
Attached is the DXF for the Porter Cable 690 router mount I made for my CNC router. You will need 2 pair of these to mount your router.
I was looking for a pendant to remotely control the CNC and found a few that were too expensive for me, such as the MP-02 MPG Pendant from Homann Designs, and some not so expensive, such as the ShuttlePro and ShuttleXpress from Contour Design. In the end I picked the Xbox. One, it was relatively cheap, and too, well it did everything I need it to do, such as move my X, Y, & Z axis, as well as have buttons for cycle start, emergency stop, fast jog, a button for macros, etc. In other words, it really does everything a pendent should do.
installation was rather easy and as you can see in the vid below, it works great. By the way, a few have asked why I chose the wired instead of a wireless controller. I’ve heard mixed stories about the batteries not lasting long, and also having to restart the controller if the computer falls asleep.
With the wired, I have several feet to walk around, and right now I do carry it while I’m in the testing mode and the emergency stop has saved my a couple of times. I’ve been trying a few g-code samples, and I do not have the limit switches attached yet, so if I didn’t hit the emergency button, the linear carriages would have went off of the cold rolled steel flatbar.
These are great vids of fellow CNC’er from CNCZone assembling his Fine Line Automation FLA-100. Even thought FLA posted the Solidworks Edrawings, it is not the easiest method to figure out how to put it together. My CNC is highly based on the FLA-100 rev 4, with the exception that mine is 1/2″ wider, therefore I’ll be using the vids to help me assemble it.
For some time I’ve been wanting to build a CNC router, but the cost was out of reach. There were also so many different plans out there, I wasn’t sure which one I wanted to build. I bought the RockCliff and Solsylva CNC router plans, but after some thought, I decided to go a different route.
Since I live about 10 minutes from the lake, humidly is a major problem. Many of my tools have rusted, such as crescent wrenches, files, and the column on my drill press. I started thinking that making a CNC router out of MDF might not be the best idea because I’ll run into problems later on as far as swelling goes.
I decided that a metal based CNC would be the way to go, but since I don’t own a welder, that limited me on what I could build. After Googling “DIY CNC” and other search terms, I found some builds using parts from www.cncrouterparts.com
These machines were built mainly from 80/20 aluminum extrusions. I have a miter saw, and with the right blade, I can cut the extrusions to size and there will be no welding involved.
Fast forward to now.
I purchased a 3-axis electronics kit from www.finelineautomation.com
After some help from the CNC Zone Forum www.cnczone.com/forums/index.php, I now have my electronics basically wired:
There is a free program called Desk Engrave that will convert any text into a DXF or gcode. The gcode doesn’t interest me, but since I have AutoCAD or other programs that can read DXFs, I am able to open that up and use it to cut lettters on the scroll saw.