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 +====== Learning CNC Step-by-step ======
  
 +===== What? =====
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 +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.
 +
 +===== Why? =====
 +
 +If you have a lathe and a mill you can [[https://​io9.gizmodo.com/​everything-you-need-to-know-to-rebuild-civilization-fro-1566170266|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.
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 +This [[https://​youtu.be/​PPYNCt5yV-U?​t=301|video from Project Binky]] shows the sort of swanky bracketeering you can achieve with a hobby mill.
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 +This [[https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=RnIvhlKT7SY|video]] shows what the big boys can do.
 +
 +===== Why write about it? =====
 +
 +{{ http://​fuddymuckers.co.uk/​gallery/​s/​250/​cnc/​Adam-Savage-on-science.jpg}}
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 +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 on! =====
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 +
 +**[[1-my_mill|Step 1: Buy a mill!]]** - my mill, what is it, specs, what can it do, etc.
 +
 +**[[2-install_vm|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.
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 +**[[3-mill_something|Step 3: Mill something!]]** - or, don't //​actually//​ mill something but still success.
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 +**[[4-more_software|Step 4: Get more software!]]** - Some CAD and CAM to go with your CNC, just in case there aren't enough [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Three-letter_acronym|TLA'​s]] here.
 +
 +**[[5-svg_to_g|Step 5: Don't mill something else]]** - Getting a shape from a drawing package to the mill
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 +**[[6-get_pc|Step 6: Get a real computer]]** - <​del>​Building</​del>​ finding a PC to run LinuxCNC
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 +**[[7-put-in-shed|Step 7: Put it in the shed!]]** - Or why you need somewhere to put your mill that can stand being covered in swarf.
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 +**[[https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=3zc4bGkU05o|Step n: ...Profit!]]**
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 +{{http://​fuddymuckers.co.uk/​gallery/​cnc/​gnome_sm.png}}
 +
 +...to be continued!
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