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

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

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

Engraver Spindle Sketch to Parts

spindle and motor arrangement

Working from an Engraver Spindle Sketch to Parts can be daunting. However, I very rarely work with more than a few sketches and key critical dimensions. This is all about improving the spindle of the Genmitsu 3018-Pro. My aim was to use an ER11 chuck on a straight 10mm spindle and employing the existing drive … Read more