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

Kant Twist Clamp Project

frame for a kant twist clamp

The Kant Twist clamp project is my first proper challenge with CNC. A very small version of this clamp. All because I’m using a Genmitsu 3018-pro engraver that in my own way has been upgraded to a 3020-pro max. This is a small desktop CNC. However, I’m a model maker and small clamps are normal … Read more

Squaring up the Genmitsu 3018-pro

Genmitsu alignment

Squaring up the Genmitsu 3018-pro after some upgrades. Normally this would be done with a DTI held in the chuck. Rotate it back and forth to understand the fore-aft tilt of the head. Rotate it left to right to understand the tilt of the head. In this way it is possible to very accurately adjust … Read more

Genmitsu 3018-pro to a 3020-max

Genmitsu 3018-pro to 3020-max

This is my homemade  conversion of a Genmitsu 3018-pro to a 3020-max. Maybe not exactly a 3020-max, but a lot of the changes have been included. Plus I think the spindle upgrade I’ve made is better. The spindle upgrade was designed and made some time ago. It has significantly improved the stiffness of the spindle … Read more

Tiamu Z-axis for Genmitsu 3018

Tiamu Z-axis upgrade

Just bought a Tiamu Z-axis for Genmitsu 3018, my original plan was to machine this complete assembly from scratch. Then reason kicked in and I thought that as I could buy this for around £100 it was not worth me spending probably 3 days designing and making parts. Plus it was delivered really fast. However, there … Read more

Genmitsu 3020-Pro Max

Sainsmart 3020-pro

News on the reveal of the new Sainsmart Genmitsu 3020-pro Max on 27th September 2021. Enhanced design and increased Z Height of 72mm with the Genmitsu 3020-PRO MAX. The all metal spindle holder and 300W spindle makes metal carving easier. Not limited to wood or extremely slow jobs engraving metals. The new 3020-PRO MAX can engrave … Read more