Upgrades to a 3018-PRO

Upgrade to a 3018-pro have gone so far that I feel like it is a bit like Trigger’s Broom. Therefore, I thought I would try and list the modifications. I think I have listed all of the upgrades on the above image. However, some changes are subtle and I may have missed them. A more … Read more

Sprung D-bit Engraving

sprung d-bit engraving

As much as I’ve upgraded the Genmitsu 3018-pro it has struggled to machine or engrave brass, therefore I thought I would try sprung d-bit engraving. This sounds a bit counterintuitive with a CNC machine, but this is a tiny CNC lacking in power. I thought that a small amount of compliance in the Z-axis would … Read more

Samurai 120 CNC Machine

Samurai 120 CNC Machine

Samurai 120 CNC Machine was the brainchild of Ben Izen. The initial series of machines are being funded by a kickstarter page that is running until 30th November 2021. The specifications and features of the Samurai 120 CNC machine are impressive: Spindle BT30 1.2kW 6000rpm Pneumatic drawbar 350mm (13.5″) Spindle nose to table 280x190x220mm XYZ travel … Read more

Kant Twist Clamp

kant twist clamp

The first Kant Twist Clamp, maybe a few more are needed to give me a set. With the arms being machined on the Genmitsu 3018-pro then these are not too bad to make. This initial set of parts that you are seeing as a completed clamp were my first proper cnc parts. Based on these … Read more

CNC Holding Tabs

kant twist clamp sheet

What are CNC holding tabs? Coming from a world of manual machining this is all new to me. However, when you start machining parts from sheet materials you will inevitably end up creating islands. With rotating tool bits these islands don’t just float away. At first I created these tabs manually by dividing the perimeter … Read more