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Working in Tandem – Unconventional XY-axis layouts for 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC milling, engraving or pick and place.

Below I outline three separate concepts for moving in the X and Y plane with a specific emphasis on minimising the moving mass, maintaining high mechanical stiffness, reducing backlash and allowing two stepper motors to work in tandem. It is my hope that these concepts, … Continue reading

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IceRap – Water deposition for ice printing?

What if you could use water, straight out of your tap, as a feed stock for your 3D printer? This is an idea that has been in the back of my mind for quite some time.  Obviously you couldn’t use liquid water … Continue reading

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Using cad.py on a Windows PC

To quote from makeyourbot.org cad.py is a CAM program that can be used to generate g-code tool paths for milling 2D and 3D objects. It operates on images instead of vector formats like Gerber, DXF, or SVG, so you’ll have … Continue reading

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CNC milling with RAMPS.

My Mantis inspired repstrap/CNC mill is finally up and running. All the mechanical parts were scavenged used for the repstrap were from old printers. The total cost ended up being around $140AUD. This was all spent on the electronics and includes … Continue reading

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Printer Parts + Time = Repstrap.

For quite some time now I have had a respectable collection of parts left over from disassembling a half dozen printers, fax machines and scanners. So when I came across the easy to construct Mantis CNC I thought I would give it … Continue reading

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