What got you into CNC ?

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15 Aug 2019 03:26 #142186 by 64dodge
Replied by 64dodge on topic What got you into CNC ?
I was a manual machinist for @ 15 years before I got into
setting up & programming a 60/30 4 axes Fadal 88 in the
mid 90's.

Since then have done close to a dozen different controls.

Still a manual guy at heart because thats what I have at
my home shop till about 5 years ago I started on my little
home built cnc router with linuxcnc.
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30 Aug 2019 11:56 #143652 by RotarySMP
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I wanted to build a homebuilt plane, but didn't have a garage. >> Figured I could get started working on the inner city balcony, making the instrument panel . Decided I wanted to integrate a bunch of gauges into an integrated engine display like the old 737...



... figured I needed a CNC router to make the housing. Had a chinese mini lathe, so learnt CNC by converting that with TurboCNC.

Somewhere along the way I bought a Mustang II kitplane kit, and moved to a house with a garage. Never built the plane. Never finished the CNC Router...
www.cnczone.com/forums/benchtop-machines...um-cutting-mill.html

Then I got a Deckel engraver frame from the scrappy for €20, and bodged a serline ER16 spindle onto it, as my "Mill". I was going to CNC it, but then a MAHO caught my eye.

Never made the engine gauges. Sold the plane kit, but have a basement full of Maho mill, lathe, Clarkson tool grinder,etc and half finished CNC projects.
Mark
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30 Aug 2019 15:03 #143662 by pl7i92
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Rotory the Aviation History Museum will show up and offer you some good money for that old stuff

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09 Nov 2019 21:47 #150018 by travis036
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I have long had a fascination with electronics, and with the process of machining, though i knew far more about electronics than machining. i found some cheap Chinese laser/mill CNC routers, and still have one i use to laser burn a logo onto cabinetry that my father and i build for the carpentry company we run.
I have wanted a CNC for both laser burning, and routing designs into wood (signs, plaques, etc). first, i thought a GRBL machine would get me there, but as i dove deeper into it, i thought differently. i then came across a used 48" by 48", by 5" in Craigslist, though it did not have a controller. i discovered LinuxCNC, and that brings me close to up-to-date. my machine is functioning better than i thought it ever would. now i just have to get better at CAD/CAM to really make the machine work great.

~Travis
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