New products: Mini Gerbil and Super Gerbil

Mini Gerbil – The Pocket Rocket for the K40-laser Lead time is approximately Mid December –  January This is our replacement product for the Gerbil we sold over the last year. Customers wanted more speed but also wanted to keep the small foot print and ease of connectivity for a an affordable small price that […]

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XT computers for CNC machining…. really ?

XT computers for CNC machining…. really ? This morning I read an email from the HME, the Home model engine website promoting their member recent posts and I read this: “After completing the Quarter Scale Merlin, I took several months off to work on a number of projects that had piled up around the home […]

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What did we learn during our One day build?

What we learnt during our One day build Today I will share some insights into our adventure while upgrading the cheap Chinese eBay CNC mill “3020”. If you haven’t watched the YouTube video then you can watch it here https://youtu.be/G_9dc0BAf0M The morning started for me at 7am and I was quiet nervous about the challenge. It […]

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Nomad 883 CNC mill upgrade – controller and 4th axis

Let’s be 100% clear, I love my Nomad 883 CNC mill, it got me started with CNC.  Now, I’d like to take it further by adding a 4th axis, however this is tricky as the Nomad’s controller, and standard grbl, doesn’t support it.  Fortunately, Paul’s developed a brand new ‘Super Gerbil’ 5 axis CNC controller (now […]

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The 3020 / 6040 CNC mill 1 day upgrade challenge

The 3020, 3040, 6040 and 6090 are low cost no-brand CNC mills that come in various 3 or 4 axis versions, but suffer from underpowered electronics and poor software.  So we’ve created the Super Gerbil controller as a high quality upgrade to the electronics and software tool chain.  For a bit of fun, we’ve challenged ourselves […]

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Basic steps to debug a k40 controller set up

Debugging the K40 controller set up consists of a few steps which are easy to follow. Comms Motion Limit stops Laser power You probably need: a small Philips screw driver for the screw terminals, a simple multi-meter and some gummy bears. First we need to test whether the board communicates with your computer. Best way […]

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Prusa i3 Mk3 printer build

Yes, we’ve got our exciting new toy, ah, I mean, serious prototyping tool: the Prusa i3 Mk3. First, there’s the unpacking at Paul’s robot room. Watch the IKEA style packaging! Then, the basic frame And the y axis and bed And the x axis      Really coming together now, with the all important extruder assembly […]

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