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.