CNC Moto Bar Risers

My little EX500 bike is a bit cramped for me.  One of the worst problems is that my wrists, especially my throttle wrist, have been going numb even after only short rides.  I thought it would be worth trying some handlebar risers to bring the grips a bit closer to me, and improve the angle ...

CNC’d Side Stand Plate

I recently got a motorcycle, and since I have a CNC milling machine, there’s plenty of excuse to try my hand at making some farkles for the bike.  My friend also happens to ride a V-Strom DL-650, and needed a kickstand plate so her side stand wouldn’t sink into the dirt where she parks her ...

Tormach Tooling Has Arrived!

I quite literally turned a mountain of spare change (65lbs worth, to be exact) that I had been collecting for ten years into a slightly less heavy pile of metal and granite, and purchased a Tormach CNC Tooling kit.  This will allow me to set up all of my tooling ahead of time and pre-measure ...

USB Pendant Hacking 1

I’ve been knee-deep in USB and LCD hacking, playing around some concepts for a control pendant for my CNC mill.  It was a good excuse to exercise my rusty skills on the EZ-USB microcontroller, which I haven’t used in years, but was the basis for many projects from the past. The first experiments were to ...

Birth of the Smoke-O-Tron Enclosure

Before… After… My friend Dan built the electronics for a temperature controller for his electric smoker.  I figured since I have the CNC mill, it was a moral imperative for me to do some nice enclosure work for him to make the project look slick.  Dan admitted his initial attempts at the case work with ...

High Speed Spindle Mount 1

I’ve been working for the last week or so on a mount to hold an auxiliary high speed spindle on my mill.  I chose a Proxxon Micromot 50/EF tool, which is a fairly slim 12V handheld rotary tool (think Dremel).  I wanted something powerful enough to do high speed engraving, but probably not a lot ...

Engraving Test

Did an engraving test tonight with some new engraving bits that I got from this eBay seller.  Decent results, though I am plagued by the X3′s slow spindle speeds.  I tried an experiment of painting the engraved text and then backspraying the entire piece with flat black, to see the text through the 1/4″ polycarbonate.  ...

Groove Homes

After more work than I anticipated making the Y homing sensor mounting block and making a bracket and sensor setup for the Z axis, tearing down half of the machine, rewiring, adjusting/loc-titing/rebolting, circuit hacking, and other general tomfoolery, the machine has functional homing capability! I ended up using the second block I had made when ...

Home Is Where You Hang Your Hat

Unfortunately, back in October, I discovered that my level of conversion kit for my mill did not include the hardware for home sensors for each axis.  Everything was there, but for a few small brackets and mounting blocks, and the actual optical sensors themselves.  I asked whether the company would simply send me the CAD ...

Pendant Links

So I don’t lose these links, here are some fancy advanced pendants that someone has implemented for EMC2, along with the underlying software necessary. I have already experimented a bit with hidcomp, trying out a USB gamepad to drive my mill around. HIDComp GenericHID Fancy Lathe Pendant