GoodEnoughCNC Hybrid (Plasma, Mill) - very low cost and simple, suitable for everyone
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GoodEnoughCNC-Hybrid

GoodEnoughCNC Hybrid - very low cost and simple, suitable for everyone. Can be mill, plasma or laser cutter.

You can find out more on the project website - goodenoughcnc.eu. Step-by-step assembly instructions are available at instructions.goodenoughcnc.eu.

Industry in vast majority aims to use highest precision and reliability machines, to be capable of producing even the most complicated parts designers come up with. We are flipping such approach on its head, trading precision of manufacturing tools for simplicity and low cost of their construction, to reduce the entry barrier for using them in any environment.

GoodEnoughCNC-PlasmaCutter

Prototype Specifications

Every machine can be tailored to size. The GoodEnoughCNC Hybrid is a parametric bootstrap machine. Dimensions depend on the length of the profiles (Parameter L) and profile sizes. The specification below applies for L=1200mm profiles.

Frame Metric

  • 40 mm steel tubes
  • 3 mm thickness

Trolleys Metric

  • 100 mm steel tubes
  • 3 mm thicknes

Footprint

  • Width: 1450 mm
  • Length: 900 mm

Cutting area

  • Width: L-900 mm
  • Length: L-900 mm

Z travel

  • Height: Z axis rod length - 150 mm

XY Motion system

  • Timing belt and pulley (T5 or HTD5M or HTD3M or GT2[worst case])
  • Nema 23 motors

Z Motion system

  • Threaded rod
  • Nema 17 motor

Plasma

  • Low cost hand held plasma (BMF CUT 50M) or similar
  • THC (Torch height controller)
  • Compressor 30-100 l/min at 2-4 bar – effective 180 l/min

CNC Controller

Any 4 channel CNC controller, tested:

  • Planet CNC MK3/4 USB Controller
  • Stepper drivers 2.5 A
  • 24 or 48 VDC Power supply

Features

Simplicity

Can be manufactured using a hand held drill and angle grinder. Non critical parts are 3D and can be made using other manufacturing processes

Frame

Low cost Square tubes are used as structural components and linear rails for trolleys. The frame is kept in rectangular position using two turnbuckles. Removing the turnbuckles allows folding the frame for easy transport.

GoodEnoughCNC-PlasmaCutter

GoodEnoughCNC-PlasmaCutter

Trolleys

Low cost square tubes with holes for motor, bearing positions and tightening. Tightening mechanisms compensate for loose tolerances in hole positioning. The result is a exact fit on the frame.

GoodEnoughCNC-PlasmaCutter

GoodEnoughCNC-PlasmaCutter

Z Axis

Lighter and simpler to manufacture, the Z axis mechanism does not require milled parts like conventional solutions. The torch holder tightly locks the torch in place without having to modify the handle.

GoodEnoughCNC-PlasmaCutter

Plasma

The Chinese BMF CUT 50M plasma cutter packs more than enough punch to cleanly cut up to 5 mm sheet metal (10 mm max cut). Additionally a compressor and torch height controller is needed.

GoodEnoughCNC-PlasmaCutter

Control system

A number of different CNC controller systems may be applied to this machine. Additionally we have developed an unique fibre optics based interface for the plasma cutter itself, reducing the cost of adding a Torch Height Controller with our custom design, enabling cutting of warped or corrugated surfaces.

Configuration for CNC control systems

  • Steps per unit X, Y (steps/mm): 67.67 (using 1/16 microstepping by default)
  • Steps per unit Z (steps/mm): 2560 (using 1/16 microstepping by default)
  • Maximum speed X, Y(mm/min): 8000
  • Maximum speed Z (mm/min): 250
  • Acceleration X,Y (mm^2/min): 80
  • Acceleration Z (mm^2/min): 25

Setting file for PlanetCNC is available.

Configuring Goodrive10 VFD inverter for 0.8kW watercooled spindle

Manufacturers user manual for Goodrive10 documents well all the features. Spindle specific settings for 0.8kW spindle are, modified from defaults:

  • P00.03 400
  • P00.04 400
  • P02.02 400

With this the spindle should run at 24000rpm, note the display either shows 24000 in rpm or 400 in Hz, both representing the same speed.

Buy

You can order GoodEnoughCNC Plasma KIT from our partner company Fabrikor.

Q&A

Here you can read the answers to some frequently asked questions. Please get in touch via chat, forum or email if you don't find what you're looking for.


License

All our projects are as usefully open-source as possible.

Hardware including documentation is licensed under CERN OHL v.1.2. license

Firmware and software originating from the project is licensed under GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE v3.

Open data generated by our projects is licensed under CC0.

All our websites and additional documentation are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4 .0 Unported License.

What this means is that you can use hardware, firmware, software and documentation without paying a royalty and knowing that you'll be able to use your version forever. You are also free to make changes but if you share these changes then you have to do so on the same conditions that you enjoy.

Koruza, GoodEnoughCNC and IRNAS are all names and marks of Institut IRNAS Rače. You may use these names and terms only to attribute the appropriate entity as required by the Open Licences referred to above. You may not use them in any other way and in particular you may not use them to imply endorsement or authorization of any hardware that you design, make or sell.