Learning CNC Step-by-step
I bought a Proxxon MF70 micro-mill with a basic but neatly done CNC conversion from a key-cutting outfit and I am going to learn from zero to hopefully turning out some useful stuff.
If you have a lathe and a mill you can rebuild civilisation from scratch. Also, CNC mills are super-useful for neat stuff like control panels, brackets, jigs, mountings, etc. or just anything where you need a set of holes which are all in the right place relative to each other.
This video from Project Binky shows the sort of swanky bracketeering you can achieve with a hobby mill.
This video shows what the big boys can do.
Why write about it?
Basically because there's a lot of stuff to think about and you've gotta write it down somewhere, so why not here where it might help someone else solve a problem?
Step 1: Buy a mill! - my mill, what is it, specs, what can it do, etc.
Step 2: Get some software! - Installing Linux CNC in a virtual machine. 1st steps to test if LinuxCNC kinda works with my mill and if I can fly it.
Step 3: Mill something! - or, don't actually mill something but still success.
Step 5: Don't mill something else - Getting a shape from a drawing package to the mill
Step 6: Get a real computer -
Building finding a PC to run LinuxCNC
Step 7: Put it in the shed! - Or why you need somewhere to put your mill that can stand being covered in swarf.
Step 8: Mill something! - For real this time!
Step 9: Buy more bits! - Shopping!
…to be continued!