Hi all, would any one need PCBs/parts cut using my machine?
February 2, 2010
It looks like my CNC is finished and ready to do stuff, so I was wondering if could make some money out of it.
Stuff I could fabricate:
I should be able to use the machine to fabricate the following stuff:
- PCBs made with Eagle up to the maximum size allowed with the free version - I'm still working on the details but I'm sure I'll get it to do this properly, first tests look promising
- parts for your robots cut out of acrylic sheets (or some other plastic material) and ply wood (I think up to 5 mm think is fine for both more than that would increase the time to fab them) maybe aluminum too I have to test at some point.
- other stuff - ideas are welcome
Now regarding PCBs I can also create kits or assemble and test your design, assuming I can find the parts.
Regarding parts, with the end mills I have available I can go as low as 1 mm, for example if you need a gear the minimum distance between the teeth should not be less than 1 mm. So think that the minimum resolution I can work with to keep things simple is 1 mm. Later I might get some smaller end mills and increase the resolution.
I will try creating parts/PCBs of the best quality possible, but mind that I'm not going to be able to provide the quality you would get from a proffesional service, so if you need this kind of stuff you know where to go.
Depends on size, material and available time, the price will probably be the same as for one piece regardless of quantity unless it's a very very simple part.
The designs for the PCBs can be in the Eagle format as long as I can load them in the free version. Other formats might be usable too but I haven't tested that yet.
For milling parts, SVG, DXF, and HeeksCad files should be ok later on I might be able to use others. Of course if you have no experience creating the design, I can probably help with that too.
I think it is best to negotiate them based on the project.
Shipping costs I have no idea yet.
I'm willing to accept swapping for other parts if you have something to offer that of course is of interest to me.
1. I cannot, and will not provide any warranty on stuff I cannot test or it is designed poorly (for example you order a PCB board with your design or someone elses, and after you assemble it it blows up ... bad luck)
2. I will only take orders I think are feasible, in my time constraints
3. Shipping will be done using postal services, except you decide to pay for another shipping service
BTW: I'm used to work with metric units so it would be best to design using metric units to avoid conversion issues.
That's it for now it is more of a draft.
I'd like your input on this, what do you think?