DIYLILCNC is a robotic cutting machine that you can build yourself. It works kind of like a desktop printer: send it a file, and the device uses this information to carve out an actual object. The lil’ CNC handles many different materials, including plastics, wood, and light metals. The things that you can make with a lil’ CNC aren’t just pretty to look at: they can also be strong and functional as well! Applications include making circuit boards, mechanical parts, sculptures, toys and more.
There are lots of bigger, fancier CNC machines that do similar jobs in factories and shops. Unfortunately, they’re really expensive. How great would it be to have an idea, then walk out to the garage and tell your robot to make it?
That’s where we come in: visit our website, diylilcnc.org, to download a free, Creative Commons licensed copy of all the CAD plans, parts lists and instructions needed to build a little CNC. With this information in hand, you can make a lil’ CNC of your own for as little as $700, depending on your access to a laser cutter.
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