Adding Laser Engraver to CNC Router and Activating in Mach3

I wanted to add a laser module to my CNC router so that I could label parts as they were machined. The advantage to doing this on one machine is obviously reduced setup time. The laser module I used was an ElksMaker 2300mW 445nm blue laser. I got this off ebay for ~$100NZD (70US) https://www.ebay.com/itm/445nm-2-3W-2300mW-Blue-Laser-Module-With-TTL-PWM-For-DIY-Laser-Cutter-Engraver/322382603217?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649… Read More Adding Laser Engraver to CNC Router and Activating in Mach3

Mercedes – Hack-my-Van Competition – ThunderPods

Mercedes Vans run an annual competition http://www.hackmyvan.com.au/ where different teams compete in a dragon’s den style pitch to win a Mercedes Vito van. While all other participants went with a business solution that fit within the van, (The other entries were: mobile physiotherapy, mobile VR showroom, mobile STEM educational space, special abilities bus, mobile silent… Read More Mercedes – Hack-my-Van Competition – ThunderPods

Part 2 of Importing a Mechmate (CNC Machine) from Australia to New Zealand – Planning

As I was not planning and giving myself any time off to dis-assemble the mechmate everything needs to be done within one day over the weekend. Flights from New Zealand to Australia are cheapest via China Airlines. The flight arrives late on Friday night and leaves mid-morning Sunday, We are really constrained to complete the work… Read More Part 2 of Importing a Mechmate (CNC Machine) from Australia to New Zealand – Planning

Importing a Mechmate (CNC Machine) from Australia to New Zealand

To take my side business parametric-furniture.com to the next level I wanted to get my hands on a CNC machine. Having my own CNC provides some very important capabilities: ability to quickly experiment and innovate with the technology to see what was possible and practical improve quality and consistency of manufacturing reduce unit manufacturing costs for price… Read More Importing a Mechmate (CNC Machine) from Australia to New Zealand