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Forum topic by TDW posted 02-11-2020 04:15 PM 619 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2020 04:15 PM

This looks really interesting and I think I might be able to build it. What I worry about is designing a proram that tells the machine what cuts to make. I’ve tried to use CAD before and got lost.

-- Tom, Ky.

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#1 posted 02-11-2020 08:01 PM

Are you referring to a CNC saw or the technology in a SawStop saw? Here’s an interesting video of a CNC saw used in architectural stone cutting.

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#2 posted 02-11-2020 08:29 PM

AutoCAD generates .DXF files that can be used to generate the gcode that the CNC runs on.

There are other suites that are less “roll your own”.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#3 posted 02-11-2020 09:47 PM

If you are talking about this, it is just a CNC router machine. There are many DIY CNC machines options out there. Here is a blog about it from last year for building the one Woodsmith magazine that might give you an idea what you are up against if you decide to make your own.

If the reason for you to build one is just for the fun of the build, I say find a good plan and go for it. If you have something specific in mind and since you are having trouble using CAD software, I personally think that you need to come up that learning curve first. The project will involve woodworking, sometimes some minor metal work, electronics and software just for the build. After that you need to be able to design on the computer unless your goal is simply to purchase designs that others have already made. Even then, you have to use software to prepare the design for you your machine. There is a fairly steep learning curve even using a turnkey machine and building a machine from scratch increases that significantly.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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