CNC Mill/Lathe

I purchased a ScanTek 2000 ScanMill (a rebranded Denford Micromill 2000) that consists of a Sherline 5400 CNC milling machine inside of a steel case.  It is normally controlled via proprietary software (VM Milling 5) that controls a baldor NextMove ST motion control board. I removed the top card of the motion control board and wired up connections to it from a parallel port break-out board so that I could control the mill using LinuxCNC (or Mach 3). You can read about my process here:

ScanTek 2000 mill

ScanTek 2000 mill

Oh yes, I also have a matching CNC Lathe…

 

A previous project I did involved constructing an X/Y table using Ikea surplus drawer rails, and you can read all about it here:

X & Y table

X & Y table

Costs:

Category Item Cost
Mechanical (IKEA AS-IS room) Base, X-platform, Y-Platform
X/Y linear rails (drawer pulls)
Raw Material (MDF board) for Z-cart & base
$3
$2
$1
Mechanical (ACE Hardware) M4 screws, washers & nuts (servo mounting)
wood screws
SM screws & washers
2×1 x 8foot piece of wood
1-foot plastic tubing
4 foot 3/4 inch steel angle iron
Eight 1/4inch bolts, nuts, and nylon locking nuts for Z-axis bearings
2x 12 inch by 1/2inch black “nipple” pipe (z-axis)
100pc box of 6-32 machine screws and nuts (pipe adjusters)
$2.21
$3
$1.88
$3
$0.19
$11.23
$8.48
$6.98
$8.28
Total Mechanical $51.25
Electronics
(may be re-used on 2nd Gen router)
3 Surplus Linear Actuator (servos)
3 Stepper driver boards (kit)
Servo Serial Control Board
6 micro-switches
$75
70.50 (AUD, or $44.52 USD)
65 (AUD, or $41 USD)
$7.20
Total: $218.97

I expect to re-use the steppers and driver electronics in my 2nd gen milling machine. I also bought a “dremel drill press” to use as a temporary (human operated) Z axis on my first gen router for $15.