Derek Covill's blog for teaching and research

a collection of subject notes, guides and projects

First test circuit board on the 1610 mini CNC

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Inverting the x-axis on the 1610 mini CNC

Inverting the x-axis There was an issue with the default setting for the machine, where the x-axis was moving in the wrong direction meaning that we were getting parts that were a mirror image of what they should be! This guide gives a full account of Grbl’s $x=val setting, in particular we needed several steps for this machine….

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Introducing the 1610 mini CNC project

Introducing the 1610 mini CNC project This project is about building a small, desktop CNC milling machine. We started out purchasing a very inexpensive kit for about £120 from ebay with the idea of then adding features and improving the reliability of the machine. In particular we set out to: improve the safety aspects of the…

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Guide to milling a mould tool on 1610 CNC using GRBL

How to make an open mould tool on the 1610 GRBL milling machine This guide takes you through the process of creating a simple open mould tool. The idea here is that you don’t actually have to design the tool. Instead, by cleverly positioning your part inside the stock material, you can machine it in…

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