Desktop CNC/3d Printer (concept)

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Desktop CNC/3d Printer (concept) by Cyrus3D Sep 22, 2012


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This was one of my first concepts to make a small desktop CNC / 3d printer. It uses wood "click" system for most parts, and the design speaks for it self.


This is only a concept, although by now I've seen similar ones on the net which look like this one, it has been attempted by others.

I had to remove the files because I don't like to transfer the ownership of the my personal creations to an entity which claims to be open, profiting from the community, and turns it's back to it.

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I am thinking about building this, could you update the link?

I like it, I might derive a delrin/acetal version of it. I like how the 2 frames keep each other straight, but I might also add some corner gussets to the inner frame to make getting it right require less actual skill during assembly.

Delrin might be a good replacement, altough where I live it's quite hard to get your hands on delrin and expensive aswell. it woul be very strong though and light.

I like the corner gussets idea, it would indeed be easier to assemble it on your own.

It's one of those project that you would do when you get bored hehe

it reminds me of a tiny version of a ZenToolWorks CNC

Just checked it, it does in the way of the clicking it together I think look like eachother, only pity of their small Z axis height.. If I had to redo it now, I would probs use belt instead of the ballscrew. just do push down the costs... since tolerance at desktop size is not that massive anyways.

What do you mean by "click" system.

It overall looks cute :D
could be cut from a single sheet of MDF from Lowes from the looks of it

I added an exploded view to the gallery, I call it "click-in", but there is probably a "proper" name for it haha

I would think it can indeed be cut out of single sheet of 50cm x 200cm 

I like how he used the off the shelf materials. nice :)

 Too many tabs will break you up badly. I tried it with my 'ultirouter' design, but removed most of them, assembly was a pig with them.
Perhaps if you cut it with a lasercutter you might be able to fabricate those slots, but it looks like this machine is a bit too big to be built from laser-cuttable wood.

I initially wanted to use 1.8cm wood, and 1mm mill head to CNC the slots. it wouldn't make a 90 degrees slot, but I would've thought close enough to fit properly.

I looked at the UltiRouter, it looks great :). what's the thickness of the wood you used?