|Model||MaxNC 10 CL|
Current Status: Mostly Functional
This is a donated MaxNC 10 CL that has been hacked into functionality. MaxNC electronics have been replaced by an Arduino/gShield combo running GRBL. All of the stepper motors on the X/Y/Z axes have been replaced. Technically the machine has a 4th (rotary) axis, but the current electronics do not support it.
90+% usable at this point, but be careful.(see Caveats)
First: You should have some in-person training before using this tool. Wear safety glasses if the box is open.
Second: Your first job should probably not be done in metal. Try using wood, plastic or foam first to get a feel for how the machine works.
Generating Gcode: The easiest way to generate Gcode for this is with Inventables' Easel. On the laptop usually attached to the machine, or any modern computer running Windows or macOS, Easel also works as a simple and effective gcode sender.
On the machine we also now have bCNC installed as a Gcode sender/editor/CAM suite.
Zeroing: In bCNC, use the arrow keys to move X&Y, and Page Up/Page Down to move Z. You can set the step size in the software - 1mm is good for big moves, and .1mm when closing in on zero. Get your endmill to within a few thousandths of the material (use a sheet of paper as a feeler gauge, and you're there when moving it is “tight”). Click “reset zero” and the work position will be set to zero. In Easel, the procedure is similar, but pgup/down don't work- just click the buttons.
Run your job. Attend the work. If cutting metal, apply cutting fluid every few passes. If something goes terribly wrong, hit the emergency stop.