Angel Eyes on Sieg SX2.7

Sieg SX2.7 Angel Eyes

January 14, 2021 Nigel 0

Sieg SX2.7 Angel Eyes is all about giving this machine a light source that wraps around the tool and fully illuminates the workpiece. I’ve been using the Sieg SX2.7 for some time on a range [more…]

angel eyes being driven at 12V

Angel Eyes in the Workshop

January 14, 2021 Nigel 0

Angel Eyes in the Workshop is a strange name, but these are the circular lights that you see most commonly on a BMW during the daytime. The reason for me buying them is to create [more…]

spindle and motor arrangement

Engraver Spindle Sketch to Parts

November 14, 2020 Nigel 0

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 [more…]

linear brass bearings fitted to Genmitsu z-axis

Linear Bearings

November 12, 2020 Nigel 2

I think this post should actually be titled “cheap linear bearings” as I don’t think all are equal. However, the bearings found in low end CNC machines are effectively parts from the inkjet printer industry. [more…]

sketch for a cnc spindle

CNC Spindle Idea

November 6, 2020 Nigel 0

I have a CNC spindle idea, a simple modification to the direct drive 500 series motor. To be precise this is a spindle for the Sainsmart Genmitsu Pro-3018. The spindle will then be belt driven [more…]

genmitsu cnc in case

Sainsmart Genmitsu Z-axis

November 2, 2020 Nigel 0

I bought this small CNC machine to engrave the smokebox door on my miniature traction engine, but the Sainsmart Genmitsu Z-axis accuracy is poor. Poor in a number of ways, but primarily down to the [more…]

Genmitsu 3018-pro Case

Genmitsu 3018-Pro Case

August 7, 2020 Nigel 0

I needed a Genmitsu 3018-Pro case, something that would allow me to store it safely in my workshop and easily move it to the bench when it’s in use. This is my first adventure into [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…]

Warco HV4 rotary table

Rotary Tables

April 19, 2020 Nigel 0

Very soon after buying a milling machine I can guarantee you will be looking at rotary tables. A rotary table feels like a must have. Use it to machine: arcs flats on bolt heads and [more…]