Having spent countless hours trying to learn the details fundamentals for designing CNC systems online, I have found that the learning curve for self taught CNCers isn’t just steep, it is a brutal cliff with a pile of twisted bodies at the bottom. Occasionally you’ll come across some fellow traveller, legs broken after a particularly nasty fall, half mad and whimpering about “the backlash” or some other ailment of the field.
Too dramatic, you think? Well, perhaps a little, but not so much! It is too easy for a well intentioned and practical individual to approach the subject, spend lots of money and not use half the kit they buy, only to come away from it with only a half functional CNC machine and a lot less hair. I have a degree in mechanical engineering, consider myself very handy and a good problem solver, yet I still found the subject extraordinarily difficult to gain proficiency in.
So it is for you, dear reader, that I am writing these articles on CNC design! My the hope is that I can add to the knowledge base online and give others a leg up, just as I benefitted from the work and generosity of so many others who have shared their knowledge and expertise over the years. I only have a few articles for now, linked below, but I’ll add to this site in time, when new ideas occur to me, or where I think there is a gap in the online knowledge base that I think I can fill.