Archive for November, 2012

CNC machine improvements

I’ve really enjoyed this little CNC machine I bought earlier this year. It’s been a good learning experience and I’ve been able to make some things that I just couldn’t make using a 3D printer. CNC machines offer greater material choices and precision, but are also harder to use than 3D printers. It’s a whole […]


CNC Vacuum Plate Pt 3

Today I’ll show the first test of the CNC vacuum plate, but first we’ve got a little bit of work left to do to make the top part. You may recall that I likened it to an air hockey table, but instead of forcing air out of the holes, we’ll draw air down through the […]


CNC Vacuum Plate Pt 2

Let’s move on to the next part of building the CNC vacuum plate: machining the base. You may recall from the last post that the base was to be machined from a 1 inch thick piece of cast acrylic material. The base will have channels that allow air to be drawn through a top plate […]