As you cruise the Internet you will find all kinds of homemade CNC machines. Most are made from large surplus printers, while others are made from more expensive hardware. For the last two years I have gone out of my way to bring you cheap and easy to build machines. Rather than use hard to find parts, I try to use parts found in a local hardware store. I found one small problem in my designs. I started using store front aluminum channel for parts of the machine. Most people have been able to locate scrap pieces of the channel as I planed. There have been a few people who had problems locating the channel. I was told this channel was used all over the world. This is not the case! So, I set out to design a machine that was almost one hundred percent hardware store. I then decided to try to build a really cheap machine. I tried to keep the main machine components in the fifty dollar range. I named the machine Morph because you can change the size and configuration to suit your needs. The Morph removes the process of having to hunt down parts. The Morph is designed to cut out hobby parts such as wooden airplane parts.Morph can hold a hot knife-swivel knife or pen. Morph is a plotter with balls!!!
While other people are trying to build a more perfect machine, I have gone in a different direction. Using a sense of humor and a what if approach, the Morph was born. The Morph is part router and part plotter. Rather than design an expensive router, I designed a machine for the first time builder that is easy and super cheap to build.
The machine base and some of the parts are MDF. MDF looks like thick brown cardboard. It is very straight, and it is easy to work with. The machine was designed to only have a few parts. The MDF made this possible. The drive system uses electrical conduit, roller blade bearings, vacuum line tubing and cheap threaded rod. Each axis is only driven on one side. The other side is freewheeling! This is how plotters are made so cheaply. I hear people asking all the time if it is possible to hook a Dremel to a plotter. Now it is! The plotter pen-up and pen-down is too fast for the Dremel. The plotter starts moving before the Dremel reaches it depth. Plotters also use PLT files. These are only 2D!!! The Morph can do 3D parts. Most newer plotters don't have the power to move a Dremel let alone deliver the force to make one cut. Morph does!!!
Questions as they come in!
1. Will Morph handle a RotoZip? Answer: Yes, but only if you don't own a Dremel MultiPro.
2. Will Morph mill and drill circuit boards? Answer: Yes, but only simple Pad and Trace. Don't count on it doing traces between pads. Only Brute and 7th Sojourn has that kind of accuracy.
The booklet has 24 pages of drawings. One for each part as well as subassenbly drawings showing the machine going together. Morph will cut a 12" X 12" by 1-1/4" part. The machine can be built for under $100 not including motor-controller-sweat-tears-software and dirty looks from your wife. I want $36 and the plans are only sold to the US and Canada!
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