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Robotic CNC Machine | CNC Beyond

$280 of $1,200 goal

Raised by 6 people in 4 months
As part of our thesis project, a group of four mechanical engineering students are tackling the problem of portability and accessibility in CNC machining. 

By the end of April 2018, we will create at least one working prototype of a robotic, automated tool. Our aim is to provide a way for artists, makers, and manufacturers lacking floor space to cut light-weight material (wood) without being limited by frame size, or other boundary constraints. The machine will climb on the workpiece or work table - free flowing to allow cutting in any direction and shape - as inputed through standard computer generated drawings. 

Unlike traditional fixed CNC machines, this will be light-weight and carryable with a standard power supply cord. Simply place the machine on the workpiece and it will follow a path to cut out complex, creative designs - with size limited only by the length of the cord! 

Some materials are already acquired, but to build this prototype we still need to source:

- Stepper Motors 
-Spindle
-End mill bits
-Microstep Drivers
-Encoders

Support this project by donating to our fund, contacting us to supply a component, or keep track of our progress through this page!
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Our report is complete!

We have successfully built and programmed our robot. The prototype met all of our design requirements and is more lightweight, portable and affordable than any existing market options. We are now in the verification stage, improving the accuracy of our movement and building a cap to protect our electrical components - while also experimenting with debris collection systems.
The presentation is in a few weeks and we are excited to compete with our project to a crowd of industry professionals and the engineering departments.

We would like to offer a huge thank you to all of you that supported this project, and made special note of you in the acknowledgments of our reports. This fun project, all of its learning opportunities and the possibilities it has in the market are all made possible by you.

Please contact us if you would like more detailed information about the robot specs - or if you would like to come to our presentation day!
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Update: We are working through structural analysis, sourcing parts & fixing problems we didn't know we had. But any way you frame it, it's going wheel well!
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$280 of $1,200 goal

Raised by 6 people in 4 months
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