We are making the SmoothStepper USB adapter available in our store. The SmoothStepper elimiates the need for a parallel port, and is a direct connection to our Unipolar CNC Controller.
The SmoothStepper is a motion control device that connects to the USB port of a computer. It accepts commands from CNC software Mach3, and produces very high quality pulse trains that drive step & direction motors. Eliminates the need for a computer with a parallel port! Generates pulses at rates of up to 4Mhz, and has 34 I/O ports. Connects directly with our unipolar CNC Controller, using a 26 pin ribbon cable and USB cable (not included).
Posted By: AJ Quick at Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:05 pmFeed
Our 3 Axis CNC Controller is now available in kit form and fully assembled.
We were able to keep the prices down near the original Kickstarter prices. The kit is only $60, and fully assembled is only $40 more.
http://www.aquickcnc.com/store/electron ... ontroller/
- Accepts 5, 6 or 8 wire unipolar stepper motors (4 wire type not compatible)
- 40 volt DC maximum input voltage, 24 volt DC recommended, 12 volt DC minimum.
- 3.0 amps maximum current per phase, 0.5 amp minimum. (Fully adjustable)
- 12 volt DC output for computer style case fan (not included).
- 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, & 1/16 microstepping.
- Patent pending circuit protection built in to protect against short circuits.
- Inputs for limit switches and e-stop.
- Easy to build and easy to use terminal blocks for connecting wires.
Posted By: AJ Quick at Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:09 pmFeed
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ajq ... ing-blocks
We are proud to announce our new "CNC Building Blocks" project on Kickstarter. This project is the culmination of months of work in developing these plastic injection molded parts to make simple DIY CNC Machines. You can join the project on Kickstarter and pledge money to obtain your own set. We are also releasing our first set of CNC Electronics on Kickstarter. These electronics use high powered stepper motor control chips and do all the controls on one compact board!
If you pledge to the Kickstarter project, and don't want to make your own CNC from scratch... we will be selling partial kits after the Kickstarter project finishes. But you have to buy the CNC Building Blocks and electronics on Kickstarter!
Let me know if you have any questions.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ajq ... ing-blocks
Posted By: AJ Quick at Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:59 pmFeed
It was one year ago today that we met our funding goal of $10,000 for our Modular CNC Project. It's hard to believe that it's been that long since we started the project here on Kickstarter, as we only recently finished sending out the rewards.
We have learned a lot about production of the CNC machines and have been working on streamlining the process for the last 6 months. We have teamed up with manufacturers from all over North America and Asia to help design and build what we hope will be the next revolutionary CNC project.
The most important (and expensive) part of a CNC machine are the linear movement components. On our CNC machines we used a combination of linear shafts, bushings, and a custom cast Z-axis. Each machine required nearly 20 hours of work to build, test, assemble, and finish these linear components alone. (Times that by nearly 50 machines, and you can understand one of the reasons the rewards took so long to get done).
If we are to continue producing low cost hobby CNC machines, we needed to come up with an alternative. That's why we are currently investing over $30,000 to develop what we think will be the future of low cost CNC. We are working to create our own set of versatile and modular, professionally injection molded linear components. Made from ABS plastic, these parts replace several expensive and complicated parts that would cost hundreds of dollars to be made using off the shelf items. Best of all? Each component takes seconds to manufacture, and each one is absolutely perfect. The assembly takes minutes instead of hours, and they maintain a higher level of precision compared to existing parts. As the parts continue on with our modular theme, any kind of CNC machine can be developed around them, making them perfect for DIY CNC'ers. (And of course all parts are backwards compatible with our Kickstarter CNC machine).
We are working to have these parts made available in the next few months. We hope that we could start a new Kickstarter project for this CNC Project, as well as for other new DIY CNC designs. We'll post an update should that happen, but we also recommend checking out our website for information: http://www.aquickcnc.com/
Shown below is a rendering of the parts, in addition to an amazing ABS prototype we have had made.
Posted By: AJ Quick at Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:12 amFeed
We've had a few questions about the remaining kits. We have another 8 kits to go out tomorrow, and then its just a few kits that need to work out final arragements for shipping. We're almost done! If you have a question about shipping, or your place on the list please let us know. We hope to be completely done by next week so we can move on to our next production run.
That being said.. our new CNC store is now online!
This is where you can buy upgrade parts for our machines (which are slowly becoming available), and full machines (if you missed out on backing our Kickstarter project). The shopping cart is probably still kind of buggy (we wrote it from scatch!) but so far it appears to be working well.
Our forums are also alive with awesome projects and builds from fellow backers. We highly recommend signing up to check it out, and look at all the awesome things our backers are doing with their CNC machines. The creativity is really starting to flow, and we are very excited for what it will bring!
Posted By: AJ Quick at Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:16 pmFeed