Modified X-Carve and Custom 4-Axis CNC Controller

Here is my fully customized X-Carve!
I originally bought it in 2015 but I didn’t do much with it during College. Fast-forward to 2017, I found myself wanting a machine capable of handling demanding production run, better 3D carving, and to do it all on an Open Source platform as to make future expansions possible.

I quickly ditched the TinyG GRBL shield w/Arduino Uno and pick up some control cards from Mesa, specifically the 7i76/5i25 card combo.

With Mesa boards, you need to use LinuxCNC, so I download a 32-bit kernel of Linux (Wheezy 2.7.14) to a spare computer and got started.

The design files can be found by going to my GrabCad + Thingiverse pages –

The bill of materials is listed below –

1 7I76-5I25 PLUG-N-GO KIT
1 DROK LM2596 Analog Control Step-down Regulator Module
1 DC Fan (120mm x 120mm x 25mm 24V)
1 Mesh Dust Filter for 120mm Fan
3 DIN Rail
1 IEC320 Inlet Power Socket
4 KL-5056 Stepper Motor Driver – 32 bit DSP Based
1 Emergency Stop Button Switch
25ft 4 Pin Cable
1 Antek Linear Power Supply – 500W 30V 16A Peak 25A
3 Wall Outlets from Home Depot Find ones you like / feel are safe enough using
16ft Led Strip Lights
1 Misc. Hardware Nuts, Bolts, Standoffs, Crimp Connectors, Spare Fuses, 2 Extra Limit Switches
2 Ogrmar SSR-25 DA Solid State Relay with Heat Sink
1 18 AWG Gauge Stranded Hook-Up Wire Kit
~30pc Heat Shrink Tubing
1 Shop-Vac
7 Uxcel 16mm Thread 4-Pin Panel Mount Wire Connector
2 8 Circuit 20A Terminal Block

Build Your Own CNC Bluechick 3.1 Kit

For my 14th birthday, I received an unassembled CNC machine kit!

This kit required me to get very creative and I learned a lot during the 5 months it took me and my dad to build it.

September 18, 2010: Mechanically done for the most part.

Nov 21, 2010: Making a router holder for my own router at school
I recommend turning your sound down before viewing the above link.

The router really is too big, I’m going to make another mount for a smaller one later on.

Nov 29, 2010: Steppers mounted and my Ubuntu rig has EMC^2 and Mach3 on it.

Additionally, my dad and I mounted the power supply and the stepper controllers to a sheet of 1/4″ Plexiglass.

Dec 3, 2010 –
I now have made a new mounting bracket made for a much smaller router. It looks fantastic if I do say so myself.

Feb 2, 2012 –
Here’s a video of the CNC making a puck for my Unhappy Skate longboard slide gloves!
[Removed until I find this video again… (2/18/18)]