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DIY'ers List of Materials for DIY table

Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:44 am
by rbmgf7
Maybe sticky material?

Figure it would be beneficial for anyone wanting to build a DIY table to have some references to go by. I know it would help me experience newer CNC material. This is for the true DIY'er. Not so much turn-key "DIY" kits. I know some of us just have that itch to do everything ourselves. Foolish and expensive? Maybe. But, we just like it that way. :D

From my experience, Ebay is a decent source. Some retailers have stores on Ebay, already. I'm not endorsing or advertising. There's also going to be a lot of overlap since some of the website are CNC retailers of some sort.

Structure/Table

    If you don't have access to metal fab equipment:
    8020 - http://www.8020.net - Aluminum extrusions. Basically, expensive Legos for adults.

Linear motion and actuation


Motors and Drivers


Controllers, THC, Ohmic, and anything related to electronics


Feel free to post to add to the list. Try to keep the format the same with a short description. Would be nicer if there was a way the admins could make this post free to edit.

Re: DIY'ers List of Materials for DIY table

Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:31 pm
by marcnaz
I didn't see https://www.automationtechnologiesinc.com/
in the list. I've always been very happy with their prices and service.

Also Ebay shouldn't be overlooked for import electronics and ball nuts/screws etc. There is also an 80/20 store on ebay that has some good prices on odds and ends and cutoff from larger orders.

Re: DIY'ers List of Materials for DIY table

Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:19 pm
by rbmgf7
marcnaz wrote:I didn't see https://www.automationtechnologiesinc.com/
in the list. I've always been very happy with their prices and service.

Also Ebay shouldn't be overlooked for import electronics and ball nuts/screws etc. There is also an 80/20 store on ebay that has some good prices on odds and ends and cutoff from larger orders.


Ha! I actually have them bookmarked. Haven't personally bought from them but they're on the list now!

Re: DIY'ers List of Materials for DIY table

Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:11 pm
by jimcolt

Re: DIY'ers List of Materials for DIY table

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 6:25 am
by Capstone


Thanks Jim, I was just about to point out to the OP that he was trying to talk about all the basketball great and didn't even mention Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

Re: DIY'ers List of Materials for DIY table

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 10:15 am
by jimcolt
The vast majority of DIY machine builders in N. America are pretty good at fabricating the metal frame, the gantry and the torch carriage of one of these machines. Re inventing the moving parts as well as the electronics is often the tough part unless you have experience in mechanical and electrical engineering. The companies I mentioned are definitely the all stars when it comes to these components. They each offer advice and equipment that will ultimately save time, save mistakes (which take time and money) and ultimately will save money on a machine build. Jim Colt Hypertherm

Re: DIY'ers List of Materials for DIY table

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 7:34 am
by rbmgf7
Yeah, I was posting for the DIYer that wants to do it all. I wanted to experience the build from the ground, up. All my electronics are integrated by me and the structure is designed and built by me. I had some experience with NC and controls so I just wanted to explore that some more. Yes, I am an engineer, lol. Next upgrade is to program my own THC with a Controllino Mini I have sitting on the shelf. I currently have a Proma and it's mediocre.

Re: DIY'ers List of Materials for DIY table

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 10:46 am
by jimcolt
I'd be happy to share my knowledge of the functions of a good plasma THC. The first one I worked with was in 1980, which was the first arc voltage feedback height control from Hypertherm.

Jim Colt

Re: DIY'ers List of Materials for DIY table

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 11:38 am
by rbmgf7
That'd be nice, Jim. I know you're a busy man so whenever you get the chance. :)

Re: DIY'ers List of Materials for DIY table

Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 5:46 pm
by Jopz24
Well well well, where to start? :? :? :lol: :lol:

Re: DIY'ers List of Materials for DIY table

Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 2:12 am
by Jopz24
Some reference for this?
http://openbuildspartstore.com

Re: DIY'ers List of Materials for DIY table

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:41 am
by Dana gear
universal plasma torch breakaway unit that flat works great and can be mounted to just about any riser assembly.
We been running 2 for a couple years now, saved our torches more then once.
www.plasmatorchprotectionsystem.com

Re: DIY'ers List of Materials for DIY table

Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:26 am
by Netta
Thank you for sharing this. You help me a lot with this resource

Re: DIY'ers List of Materials for DIY table

Posted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:29 am
by john inslag
http://neuroncnc.com/ best thc ever! i have the lite version

http://neuroncnc.com/products/lite

Re: DIY'ers List of Materials for DIY table

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:20 am
by asuratman
Have you started the table yet ?

Re: DIY'ers List of Materials for DIY table

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:37 pm
by N2 Welding
Is there a thread or a sticky that explains Everything there is to know about all the hardware that is used on a CNC plasma table, how it is hooked up and or other threads that explain the different types of software used in specific or general table build designs? Sorry FNG here looking to learn as much as possible as quick as possible.