As I was traversing the web this morning looking for CNC machine resources I came across an interesting site. This falls perfectly into the DIY movement and involves building a robot. Yep, I’m not joking, building a robot. The Society of Robots covers all the angles to build a small robot: parts and hardware needed, tools, and tutorials (though it appears he charges 50$…looks legit to me but do so at your own discretion). Best of all, there is a section dedicated to creating robotic parts with a Haas CNC machine.
DIY CNC Machining: A Quick Boilerplate Intro
Now, I can’t say I completely agree with the persons assessment that you can only find a Haas CNC mill for 100k (a quick jump over to All-Haas proves that you can find a used CNC machine for about half that) but this little no-frills intro could be interesting for someone just starting to get the itch for a little homegrown DIY CNC. All you need is the inspiration (albeit the robot) and a person can be on their way to learning a whole host of new skills.
I have to admit, after perusing the site I’m interested in building a little robot of my own. Maybe something that could grab me a Bud Light from the fridge and bring it to me when I’m watching a ball game. Hmmm….
Okay, so maybe you’re not interested in buying a used CNC machine or building beer wielding robots, but I’m constantly hearing calls for operators manuals. If you do have a used CNC mill resources like this can be very handy. I came across this today as well and thought I’d toss in a link. I hope you might get some use out of it. How about yourself: do you have any CNC operators manuals you’d like to share? They don’t have to be Haas specific. In the end, I’m trying to build a CNC resource location.
For a lot of CNC machine operators the love of CNC machining doesn’t end once we clock out at the end of the day. Many of us go home to personal shops where we’ve mottled together used CNC machines and parts over the course of a number of years (some of us even buy new!). Maybe it’s for the simple pleasure of doing it yourself, making money on the side, or maybe your daily job is somewhat of a grind (pun intended) and you’ve a creative streak that needs more expression. Whatever it is, for those of us with home shops there is a vibrant and thriving DIY CNC community out there.
DIY CNC: It’s Not Just Machine Repair
For some, DIY means repair and replacement. It means learning about your machine and saving yourself time and money knowing how to maintain it’s upkeep and to repair it when it breaks down. They would be correct, but DIY doesn’t end there. DIY also means awesome projects, creating stuff for the sake of creating, or even hacking existing products to Make something new.
As Bob Warfield said recently over at his CNC Cookbook blog, manufacturing IS cool again. We owe some big thanks to the push of the DIY/Maker community for sparking a whole new generations imagination…and some older ones as well.
If you’re new to DIY CNC than take a look at some of the links above: they’re a great place to start and should lead you further along. If you’re already familiar, or actively engaged, why not share where you find great DIY related information and reading?
I recently joined and now visit a number of CNC machine forums on a daily basis. I do this for a number of reasons: I’m looking to stay on top of the CNC machine landscape, I’m looking for DIY CNC how-to’s or to help out someone with a question, and I’m simply looking to be a part of the CNC machining community. It’s a robust community with some great personalities and a wealth of experience and knowledge. A couple I recommend if you’re interested: The Practical Machinist and The CNC Professional Forum.
DIY Training Videos: A Crash Course in Milling on YouTube
One thing I’ve noticed quite a bit recently during my forum visits are persons looking for basic CNC training materials. They have new recruits in their shops with limited knowledge and are trying to supplement them with solid training materials. While looking at a few CNC Crash videos over my morning coffee I came across a series of high quality intro to milling videos.
There appear to be 9 video’s in total, with each at around 3 minutes. These look like a great intro for a student or if you’re taking someone on with little to no experience.
We’ve all probably had a monitor go down at some point, or maybe we purchased a used CNC machine that needed some minor tooling and upgrades. Why pay a tech to come out and do a simple monitor repair on your CNC machine when you can do it yourself? Order the part yourself and save some down-time, money, and learn more about your CNC machine, right? I came across a great pdf tutorial over at HaasPlus.com this morning and thought I’d share it with you.
When it comes to diy cnc, it doesn’t get much easier than a monitor repair! Have a new guy on your team? Let him/her take a stab at this. It’s a great way for a beginner to learn about their machine and components and all it takes is a Phillips screwdriver and a pair of needle-nose pliers.
If you’re like me, when it comes to your Haas CNC machine maintenance and replacement you want to do it yourself. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing the in’s and outs of your machine. When you repair and maintain your own CNC machines you not only save yourself some real money, but you gain a better understanding of your CNC machines personality. Yes, as any operator worth his salt can tell you, each machine is an entity in and of itself.
Haas Automation has a faq column called The Answer Man that pulls questions from their CNC Machining Magazine. According to the site description these are legitimate questions posted by machinists and answered by their application engineers.
Now granted some of the questions are pretty basic, but if you’re just starting out in diy CNC, then you may be able to find some worthwhile information here. The site also has Haas CNC video’s, CNC tutorials, and links to other CNC machine related information and documentation.
If you’re like me you try to stay on top of the latest CNC machine news, tips, and resources. Whether it be locating good information and prices on a used CNC machine, finding repair and replacement tutorials, or entertaining yourself with a CNC crash video, the web has a wealth of information and resources.
Though, if you’re like me you also want to keep things organized. I cannot tell you how much valuable time I’ve wasted trying to locate sites and information I found on the web at an earlier date. I’ve begun putting together this site to organize the information I find valuable. I hope that it will be of a service to you as well.
What I hope for this site:
Resources for used CNC machines, CNC tools, and replacement parts
As you can tell from the title of this site, I like Haas. They’re high quality, affordable CNC machines and routers. There is also a slew of great aftermarket websites for the buying and selling of used CNC machines. I’m always on the lookout for great deals and have already begun adding some site links you may find helpful. I’ll build on this list over time and perhaps you have a recommendation? Don’t be shy, drop me a line and let me know what you recommend.
CNC Machine How-to’s and repairs and replacement tutorials
I’ve been in the industry for a while and even I forget some of the details from time to time. A quick link to a how-to or a Haas CNC tutorial is a great refresher.
Maybe you have a new guy fresh off the chopping block and you’re introducing him to some machine maintenance? Before he starts that ball bearing replacement you might feel more comfortable having him review some material.
I’ll be locating and linking to CNC tutorials and CNC how-to’s for just those purposes. I might even write a few myself.
DIY CNC Machine Community
We all have knowledge and resources to share. I hope we can bring together a wide range of experience and foster a well organized and reliable resource site we’ll all value and contribute to. If you have a CNC forum you participate in then please let me know. If you find a great site or DIY CNC tutorial dedicated to CNC repair and replacement then shoot me the link. Want to write your own DIY CNC how-to and feature it here? Heck, by all means let me know the details!
Once again, welcome to Paul’s Haas CNC Machine Resources. What resources would you like to share today?