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August 15, 2011 AT 12:06 am

DIYLILCNC 2.0 – Open-source plans for a low-cost CNC mill

DIYLILCNC 2.0 – Open-source plans for a low-cost CNC mill

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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3 Comments

  1. Not sure if you have seen this or not, but there is another CNC project on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/furnlab/furnlab-open-source-cnc-make-production-local-agai

  2. This looks pretty cool but I’m even more excited about this one: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/edwardrford/project-shapeoko-a-300-complete-cnc-machine?ref=live . $300 desktop cnc!

    I think there is definitely a niche for small and cheap cnc’s.

  3. Those are both great projects listed above.

    The DIYLILCNC brings the advantage of already having designs and assembly instructions in circulation, which builders from all over the world have used to create fully functional 3-axis CNC machines.

    We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from builders on improvements we can make to the existing design and assembly instructions. We can’t wait to get started!

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