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Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another function?

This is my CNC machine, low cost and multipurpose. I have adapted it to use things like drag knives, 3D print head, Dual 3D print heads, and even a plotter. Another person has strapped on a low cost laser and has done several runs. Inexpensive, versatile, and reconfigurable.

When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?

Started in January of this year 2015. Is it every really done? I published it in march and have been doing refinements ever since.

What was your goal in building this project?

I have always wanted a CNC but they are ridiculously expensive. I wanted to build an inexpensive machine that could handle a little aluminum work if needed.

Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?

Desktop milling for the financially challenged. Really this is a multifunction machine that lets some 3D print and mill, and lots of other things for less than any 3D printer out there.

What makes your idea unique?

Besides the cost, the fact that it can be almost any size on any axis. make it small to be extra rigid for aluminum, or long in one direction to mill a surfboard blank, sky is the limit.

In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?

53 608-2rs bearings serve as the main linear motion system, with one in the z axis for support and guidance. I would love to make a smaller machine with smaller bearings and hardware, yet still stay away from traditional linear rails.

What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?

If you are a maker, prototype builder, carpenter, whatever; give it a try. Automate some of you processes to make better, more accurate things.

How will you use the $5,000 prize?

Split it, student loans and build the next version!

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