Classes > Machine Design
We are working on finishing our version of the mantis CNC, we are calling it Mantis X (last model was 9). The mantis uses a simple electronic control using the parallel port of the computer to drive the steppers from the linux EMC2 software. We wanted to use the fabmodules, so I made a version of the MTM board and modified the MTM GRBL version do adapt it for our threaded rods, sizes, and everything. For this project Raquel worked with the CAD design, and I with the electronics and software. Both of us worked in the machining and assembly of the final system.
Here you can see a video preview of the CNC in action, using a pen to "draw" a PCB. We are using gcode generated with fabmodules, and sent with gctrl: As you can see the pen is attached with duct tape, so there's a lot of movement and vibration, but the output looks nice.
We are planning on adding the endstops, and fixing some of the printed parts with new ideas we have, so we are not done yet, but it looks promising, a cheap and easily fabbable CNC for pcb milling or small moulds.