Modular CNC system

by RobotHacker, published

Modular CNC system by RobotHacker Apr 15, 2010

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My idea is to make a set of modules that could be assembled into various CNC machines. It is not necessarily a printable design but laser cut maybe.

Following the Open Structure http://www.openstructures.net/ guidelines the sliding modules would be 8cm by 8cm by 60cm and rotatable modules would be 8cm by 8cm by 8cm. Have powered and non-powered modules. Use multiple powered modules for more power in parallel or more distance in series.

This is just the beginnings of an idea. I wanted to get it up here for the Makerbot giveaway.

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Looks like a Chinese company has a version too:

At the time of this post they have a sweepstakes like thing too, so I get more entries if you click this link: https://www.mooz.co?kid=GPN0M

Whenever I see a similar design I will post a comment here. One, so I can find them later. And two, so those interested in the design can find them too.

See a printable system at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2526
(Not mine but very cool.)

Edit: cleaned up link.

Printable Modular Machine Components

I've uploaded animated versions of my modules. No internals yet.