CNC Control Box done and working

Posted: 03/01/2013 in Current Project

So after suffering from some of the biggest headaches I’ve had to deal with in a long time, the control box for my router is completed. I wanna thank my friend [Dave Russo] for coming over and not only help solve the issue with CNC (which of course was only a single wire connected incorrectly) but also for helping me fix my main PC and upgrading to a Solid State Drive. Much thanks my friend.

So back to the CNC, the general premise of the project was to make up some space that my old PC tower and the CNC control box itself was taking up. Granted now a lot more space on top is taken up, everything is now in one location and even has a nifty little PSOne screen acting as a second monitor for the PC!

Though this isn’t perfect, it does the job. I will be trying to mod the PS1 screen so it outputs RGB as right now the resolution isn’t very clear going through a VGA to composite coverter and it’s quite wavy to boot, so something will need to be done, but for now I’ve got it working and have been able to do the jobs for [ShockSlayer and Bud] that I had put on hold because of the snags. I’ll have an upcoming post about those in the future as well.

But for now, sorry for the lack of posting and activity but there have been lots and lots of things going on that haven taken up my posting time! I did shoot a video of this but my camera was being stupid and wouldn’t compensate for the lighting so you might as well have been looking at a white screen. May still post it, but we’ll see. More to come soon!

Comments
  1. Niles Downing says:

    Awesome. Looks great

  2. polytechnick says:

    Reblogged this on Polytech's WordPress Place and commented:
    If you ever wanted to see one darn fine looking CNC control box, check out Downing’s project here. He poured all his PC modding talent into the box, and it shows! Not only does the box contain the PC (couldn’t figure out what it’s running but willing to bet it’s LinuxCNC) but the CNC controller as well as the *second* monitor and what looks like a second numerical keyboard. That is pretty dandy considering most of the inputs during a CNC run are numerical. That second keyboard is a great idea, I think I’m going to steal it. Not sure what the second monitor is for but hey, there’s a space there, why not?
    There are also some feature buttons (proly the PC reset and power) but perhaps an op-stop (M1) button is also hooked up. And of course, the mandatory hard-to-miss red kill-all mushroom button.

    What a lovely sight and professional look! As I’m getting parts together for my own CNC enclosure project (looking to put a small router about the size of Downing’s INSIDE an enclosure to capture dust and chips thrown about) , I think I’ll draw an idea or two from his Control Box.

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