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Genmitsu 3018 CNC Software

July 25, 2020 Nigel 0

Learning here as I go along, but thought it would be worth sharing some tips from the Genmitsu 3018 CNC software experience so far. I bought a Sain Smart Genmitsu 3018-Pro router just over a [more…]

sain smart table clamp

Sain Smart T-nuts

July 22, 2020 Nigel 0

Just a quick share as the T-nuts and clamps that come with the Sain Smart 3018-Pro are ok and functional, but only just. First though, notice that I’ve turned the height adjusting bolt upside-down. My [more…]

new snug old snug on magnetic base

Updating a DTI Base

July 22, 2020 Nigel 2

In updating a DTI base, I bought a snug and I made a snug. A beautiful find at a car boot. I actually bought two snugs for a couple of pounds, then they just sat [more…]

Sain Smart CNC Router 3018-Pro

First Venture into CNC

July 20, 2020 Nigel 0

For my first venture into CNC I thought I would buy a Sain Smart Genmitsu Router 3018-Pro. This is the low end of CNC engravers and at the time mid-2020 was around £200. The reason [more…]

boring the backplate

Machinability Index

July 13, 2020 Nigel 0

The machinability index is relative ease of machining a metal. American Iron and Steel Institute rated AISI 1212 steel which is equivalent to EN1A in the UK as 100%. This sets a baseline from which [more…]

double threaded T-nuts


July 11, 2020 Nigel 0

T-nuts are as the title says, a nut with a “T” cross-section. This means they can be used in a T-slot for retaining and fixing parts. The T-nut fits in a T-slot and so has [more…]

Trustee from the Toolroom

Trustee from the Toolroom

July 9, 2020 Nigel 0

“Trustee from the Toolroom” by Nevil Shute was first published in 1960. Keith Stewart is an ordinary man. However, one day he is called upon to undertake an extraordinary task. When his sister’s boat is [more…]

dynamo driven by flywheel

Steam Powered Street Lighting

July 4, 2020 Nigel 0

This all started with me wondering what it would be like to have steam powered street lighting. Could we have a network of steam and a steam engine attached to the lamp post? How big [more…]