CNC Robotics: Build Your Own WorkshopBot / Edition 1

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Here's the FIRST book to offer step-by-step guidelines that walk the reader through the entire process a building a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine from start to finish. Using inexpensive, off-the-shelf parts, readers can build CNC machines with true industrial shop applications such as machining, routing, and cutting--at a fraction of what it would cost to purchase one.

* Great for anyone who wants to automate a task in their home shop or small business

* Easy-to-use Windows-based software controls the robotic automation

* Builders can scale and customize the machine to suit their own industrial needs

* Numerous tips, tricks, and pictorials walk the reader through every step--design, construction, and completion

Provides step-by-step instructions for designing, constructing, and testing a fully functional CNC robot.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071418287
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Tab Robotics Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 311
  • Sales rank: 330,485
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoff Williams is a woodworking enthusiast who owns and operates an athletic flooring company in Ontario, Canada. Also a professional photographer, he has extensive experience troubleshooting and repairing printed circuit boards.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Design

Chapter 2: Electronics

Chapter 3: Making the Printed Circuit Board

Chapter 4: Driver Assembly

Chapter 5: Software Setup and Driver Testing

Chapter 6: The Frame

Chapter 7: The Gantry and X-axis

Chapter 8: The Z and Y Axes

Chapter 9: Motor and Lead Screw Installation

Chapter 10: File Creation and KCam

Chapter 11: Tool Holders and Testing

Chapter 12: Examples
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2006

    Great but you must be creative

    PROS: Book does cover every aspect of putting together a basic CNC machine even how to make your own PCB's (though i'd suggest using a third party PCB maker) Coverage of the PC interface and suggested software is good. CONS: Author wastes countless pages of pictures and text explaining how to perform simple drilling and squaring steps of the frame assembly. Descriptions of assembly for the more complicated aspects are overly complex/confusing. electrical schematics are good, though author leaves our a few very important chip jumper settings in his description of how everything connects together. Book advertises 'build a CNC machine for under $1500!!' Author robbed his stepper motors and other parts from a mystical machine he picked up somewhere. He does not outline how much these parts would cost new, if the $1500 includes these parts or doesn't or even where this figure came from. While I don't doubt it can be built for around that price, author does a terrible job of making that figure a reality to the reader. The only prices mentioned in the book are the costs of the software. WHO THIS BOOK IS FOR: If you're a creative electro-mechanical person who is just looking for a jump start on a basic CNC machine, this book works. It supplied me with the concept, software suggestions, circuit layout etc just enough info to get some ideas flowing. If you're a beginner or don't understand electronics, mechanics or are not good at making something out of nothing, don't buy this book. This may look like a step by step guide, but you need intermediate levels of electro-mechanical skills to piece together the parts that aren't thouroughly covered. But for $30 bucks, a good CNC starter book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2005

    v limited on options

    I found the book to be v. limited in information on modifications from authors machine and little information on how cnc works.

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