Making Parts with the Taig CNC
It took a while, but I am starting to learn how the whole CNC concept works from start to finish. I ended up using CamBam (Windows) to make the design/g-code and EMC2 (Linux) to run the CNC machine. The most confusing part was understanding the concept of soft limits/homing on the machine and setting feeds/speeds in CamBam.
My Jet 9×20 lathe recently had two C-clips break when trying to change gears on the lathe. I used these broken parts as motivation to replicate them as a learning experience. It took 4 days…but the experience was worth it.
Here’s a video of it in operation:
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Some photos –
Squaring the stock.
The final result after machining: broken mills+failed parts = one good part. You can see where I caught on to the good idea that machining in wood is a lot more forgiving to g-code errors. I like how CamBam gave the option for “holding tabs” to keep the part held in place after machining.