Anyone bitten by the cnc bug in Ohio? Local chapter starting!

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Looking for people or persons in Ohio to link up with and possably start a local chapter or group of sorts. Any one with nothing more than just an intrest in cnc or machine automation should respond. Looking for metal workers, wood workers, foamies, everyone. Based on the responce we will put together a meeting for everyone to get to know oneanother and share ideas, techniques, fields of intrest, capabilitys and the like. If you would like to get to know who is out there with the same intrest as you please post with your first name and the county in which you live. Hope to hear from everyone in the area.
Aaron, Highland County

I'm in Findlay. 30 min. south of Toledo.

Hi,
I am in Toledo
Ernie

See how well this is working allready. Its only been 2 days and there are 7 of us so far. I bet you never thought that there were so many people so close to you that had the same weird idea to build a machine add abunch of electronics to it and plug into the wall just to see what it can do. And to top it off you jump around shaking your fist in the air in triump about what it was that you just built hopeing no body has seen or heard your little victory dance. You are not alone.
Aaron

Hey Jim, One of my favorite places to shop is up there by you. Mabey we could put together a field trip and go shopping up there. What ever you do dont say there name out loud every one will be there.
Aaron

I use to go shopping up there for Electronics.. bet we have the same place in mind.. you referring to the BIG 'M' ??
MAN was that an awesome place. I really miss living close enough to run up there anymore !!
Eddie
BTW.. sorry i no longer live close enough to join your chapter.. I am in South-Central Tennessee these days !

Not from Ohio but from only 2 miles from it. I live in WV. Steubenville OH is only a short drive across the river.

just bumping this thread... any others in ohio?

Between Bellbrook and Xenia, OH just outside of Dayton. Working on a 42 X 18 X 7 CNC router that should be up and running this weekend.
Steve

Wow, didn't know so many were around this area. My cnc machine is a couple of years old, still planning some improvements.
Found this thread because I saw cwdance1 on the frappr map.
http://www.frappr.com/factorydaily
LowCostRC, we may be neighbors. I live in Sugercreek Township. (forgot to add - Greene county , Xenia mail address)
Bill

Just found this thread. Guernsey county. An hour and a half east of columbus.two hours south of cleveland.

Maybe we should just do it as a bi-monthly thing and put it in central Ohio ?
Tyler Morrow County...north of Cbus 45 miles

I live in Berlin Center. E.of Akron W. of Youngstown. Would love to get something going here.
Let's all put something together.

Tuscarawas County. About 30 mins strait south of Canton.

University Heights, cuyahoga county. I'm new to milling. researching how to convert hf44991 minimill to cnc.

I live in columbus, OH, I think a meeting would be cool, but not likely everyone would travel long distances... Not really sure what we would do anyway eheh.
Good to see i'm not the only cnc person in ohio though.
Ross

I live in Berlin Center. E.of Akron W. of Youngstown. Would love to get something going here.
Let's all put something together.

From Poland here (parents live on Duck Creek Road though). I have a shop in North Jackson.

big97redtj

I live 1/4 mile west of Duck Creek Rd. on RT 224.Where is your shop in NJ. Do you have any CNC projects in the works yet?
Bob

No projects in the works yet. Just looking around for now. I'm thinking about making a plasma table, so I'm working on gathering up the pieces and getting some drawings done. I've had a plasma cam in the past and it's a piece of crap.
I'm across from the shooting range off of Mahoning.

Great to see so many ohioans take an interest in CNC. I became obsessed after a few minutes on this forum.

Count me in!
Darren Burgess
Franklin/Delaware County

I would be interested.
Jack Horton
Columbus, Ohio

Hey Jack, finally someone else from Columbus.
I may be mistaken but I think we are the only 2 from CBus, few people close by in dayton, but mostly spread out.
What kind of machine do you have? (or building)
Ross

We're in Akron. I just found this sight about a week or two ago.

Hello Klick0 & Jack55,
I posted from Franklin/Deleware county. I live in Powell, Ohio, a few minutes north of Columbus. I'm a newbie, but have great ambition I'm curious if either of you would like to get together, or if I could observe some of your next project?

Well guys,
I'm getting ready to kick off my build of a router for dueing wood and SignFome® signs. I own a small sign company, and have been carving and sand blasting signs for years. Now I'm ready to launch into a new phase of my career. I just scored a super buy on slightly used 2" extruded aluminum shapes {same thing as 80/20 aluminum}. I will be picking up about 200 linear feet of this stuff plus all the brackets & screws all that for under $400.00. I hope to be able to put together a 8'x4' router with some left over. I will be using many of the ideas presented on this board. I could really use help in understanding the electrical part of this project. I am looking at stepper motors, and servo motors. I do not understand how to look at the labels on some of the used motors and figure out if they will be able to handle my torque loads. I want to buy motors that will deliver at least 600-800 oz.in. of torque. How does that equate into lb.in s? or Nm? Also anyone want to suggest which is the EASIEST controler system? I have read a little about the "Gecko" system, but still am very open to suggestions.
Thanks,
Bob

Matthew, yea I know where powell is of course. I live over in gahanna, basically right near easton. What kind of projects do you work on? Course i don't know if you have a cnc machine, but you don't neccessarily need one to have projects though
I'm curious as to what types of machines other people have, what they do with them, so i'm just gonna describe my machine and what I do...
I actually built mine at first to cut out airfoils with precision, among other things I had in mind. I just have a small hobbycnc.com type system, granted i've changed it from the original plans drastically. I rebuilt the Z axis and used THK linear slides instead of the hobbycnc "slide a piece of plexiglass between some groves" approach. I changed it to accept a large router, have a 3HP or something, makita i think, standard router you by at lowes. Also rebuilt the gantry to allow for a full 12 inches (plus a tiny more) of movement so I could cut the full size of the table. And the gantry also has a little more room, allows 2" thick material to pass under it. Mainly used for when I cut foam stuff.
I drive it with servo motors (most recent upgrade) and gecko drivers. I love the servo's, much faster, great for working with foam. Also switched over to EMC, the linux CNC software/OS. I used to run it all on a custom piece of software I wrote, which did all machine control, etc, but got to be a pain to maintain, especially when a free one out there already exists and is better.
My main project is an insanely oversized RC airplane. 18 foot wingspan, i'm not entirely sure if i'll ever fly it, but it's fun to build Really I don't know if it'll fly, I think i may test it as a glider first, throw it off a cliff, and if it doesn't fly then oh well ehhe.
I use it to cut all sorts of parts though, for various projects. Generally it's just an overpriced toy though.
So what's everybody else do with their machine?
Ross

Klick0,
Very glad to hear to meet you. I'd say we are only about 1/2 an hour away from each other. Not very far at all. Having read your post, I don't mind admitting that I'm new at this; definitely not up to your level. It sounds like you have a very nice rig. As for me, I have many, many things that I want to make with my mill. Everything from prototype work, to upgrading parts, etc., etc.
My mill is a Taig CNC mill that I just recently got into working order. I put the steppers and some grease fittings on, built a UPS box and power supply and wired the steppers and driver board, and just purchased Mach2&3, as well as Autocad 2006. I'm definitely more mechanically inclined, than I am with the software. Right now, I'm struggling trying to learn the software so that I can start making lots of little chips out of one bigger one. As far as the software goes, I thought I had a way in which to convert scans, raster images, Autocad drawings, into gcode. For some reason I thought that either Mach2 or Autocad would perform this function, but if they do, I can't seem to figure out how to make them perform.
I would like to install some limit/home switches I have, but that can wait. I'd also like to upgrade the spindle motor to a greater hp, variable speed unit. I've got a nice 2.5hp dc motor, but I can't afford to purchase one of those expensive drive units I've seen on Ebay. Right now I'm trying to figure out how to make my own power supply. That way, I can start purchasing a good selection of end mills, etc. By the way, I welcome your advice on any of the above.
Your project sounds very cool!! I've always wanted to build my own R/C helicopter, and I'd say one of my ultimate goals would be to build a scale working gas turbine.
I'd enjoy helping you with any project you have as I'm sure I could learn a lot from a much more experienced hobbiest. Likewise, if you would like to come over to my shop and check out the rig, feel free. I'd also welcome any advice you may have for me.
Thanks
Matthew

Matthew,
I wanna see a gas turbine man heheh, my machine would not be able to work at those tolerances though. I'm not sure my machine is that great, but it does the stuff I want it to do. I can't really work with metal as much as your mill would. Course with my recent upgrades I was hoping to do better with some metals, but havent got around to testing anything.
Actually I have a video so you can see what it looks like, i posted it somewhere else on here, but i'll link it here: Klicks Machine
I work mainly with linux software, so i'm limited to what software I use. I generally use QCad (free open source 2D cad program) and then I wrote my own custom dxf to g-code convertor, I name layers different things if i want to do different depths so I can get some 2.5D stuff. Really it's more or less rigging the dxf to my specific needs.
I played with autocad for a while, learned some simple stuff, but i'm a novice when it comes to real cad software. So instead of learning a nice tool I write custom stuff which I understnad eheh. I also wrote a 3d dxf to g-code, which actually that's what the video above is, the g-code came from the my 3d converter.
A long time ago I wrote a image to g-code type convertor, but it was more or less using it as a depth map, not sure entirely what you're trying to do. Dark color meant go deep, and you would specify the depth... really only takes like 30 minutes to write.
oh well i'm at work still, gotta run
Ross

Oh yea, I built a 4 rotor helicopter using the CNC machine, however it doesn't fly because it requires a flight computer and I havne't had a chance to write it yet, and even if i do i may not succeed. But it sure blows around a lot of air thought hehe. Using the CNC machine for that was nice though, custom motor mounts that all interconnect really nicely. I have pictures somewhere but i don't know where they are right now...

Ross,
You've got to let me see your R/C toys!! Is your heli gas or electric? Do you have a radio/transmitter for it? As far as I am aware, the flight control software usually comes with the radio. As for cutting metal, or cutting a part to a tolerance that mine could do and yours could not, you are welcome to use mine if you don't mind me looking over your shoulder and asking questions as you work.

Hello
I live in Wheelersburg next to Portsmouth Ohio. That is about 100 mile south of Columbus. I?m a newbie to CNC. I have a lot of experience with computers and electronics. But never messed with a CNC. I just purchased one from K2. I thought it would be better to start with one already built. Could I get some suggestion on where would be the best place to start with G-coding. What are the best programs to use to convert different drawling to g-code. I know nothing about this so would appreciate any help to keep me from going down a lot of dead end roads on my way to cncing.
Thanks Ed

I'm In a suburb of Cleveland, Will travel on weekends

Ed,
I purchased a program that goes by the name of Mach 2 (Art, who wrote the application, also lets you use the new version Mach 3 for the same license fee), not too expensive, has all of the basic features for machine control, and some advanced as well. It has worked very well for me, and a lot of other cnc hobbiest seem to like it as well. I have access to Autocad 2006, but that is a steep learning curve. As for gcode interpreters, I know they are out there that allow you to convert scanned images, .dwg, etc. directly to gcode, but I'm also trying to get a handle on which one seems to be the best for the money. If I come up with any useful info on that, I will let you know.
Matthew

I just got a K2 25X14 CNC. Can I use this to cut aluminum parts out of ┬Ż inch sheets. I?m looking for suggestions on what bits and any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks Ed
Wheelersburg Ohio

Hi guys,
I seem to be alittle late to this thread. I'm in Henry county, 40 mi. west of Toledo,and have been running cnc for 11 years. Been thinking about converting vert. mill in my garage to cnc. So I was just poking around.

I'm in Delaware OH, just north of Columbus. Looking for a group, mentors, or others who would like to get together and talk about our various CNC projects. I have a K2 2514 and an old Thermwood with 2ft by 4ft table that needs rebuilding. If anyone is actually thinking of putting together a meeting or just talking with me I would be interested. Thanks.
-Ben

Ed Where are you in Wheelersburg? I was just there on Fri. night for a water main break at the Portsmouth metro houseing complex off of dogwood ridge. If i would have read your post sooner i ccould have stopped by and introduced myself. I sure I will be back soon as the Pike County water system is starting to show it age. I am a underground utility locator for SBC,AEP,TimeWarner and Sprint. I could anwser more of your questions If I had a better idea of your settup and see what your wanting to cut. As for others I am in Ross and Pike countys everyday and oncall for Pike,Ross,Fayette,Highland,Scioto,Venton and Jackson countys so If you would like to meet and discuss CNC let me know.
Aaron

I wanted to let you guys know that BigLots has a 10" 100 tooth carbide blade for $19.99 to cut your stock down to size. I cut some 80/20 for a freind and it came out like it was machined to size with nothing more than alittle wax on the blade and smeared on the part. Great buy if you are comfortable cutting your own stock withe a saw. And now for the saftey disclamer Dont do this or it will hurt or kill you and your neibors dog and possible burn down the WalMart down the road. I think that about covers all the bases
Aaron

Located in Cleveland, currently working on a foamcutter and a router. Progress is limited by funds, but should have both completed by the end of summer.
Jim

Jim
My name is Steve. I am also trying to build a foam cutter. I have many parts and not enough time. I also live in the greater Cleveland Area. I woould like to show you what I have. My number 216-240-0002

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I live in the Youngstown, Warren area ( Northeast Ohio) Have a small shop in the garage.

Hey Fellas I'm very interested in helping Everyone to grow in CNC, especially me! I'm a great fabricator and technician with Navy aviation, automotive, woodworking and manufacturing experience. It's time to start working smarter!
I intend to build a 22 feet long dual gantry using servos, homemade Everman style belt/rack and skate bearings for both plasma and routing. My goal is the ability to process 5 by 10 sheet goods and 20 foot sticks of tube on a rotary axis, ideally within a couple thousandths. That's not asking too much is it?
I'd love to help anyone, especially guys who are more electronics smart and software savvy that could use some help with tools and fabricating the hardware end of things. Thanks!

Wow, so ~6 by 22 feet? double gantry, that's quite a router build. If you want advice you should probably start a build thread, I don't even know what equipment you would need to work on things of that size, it depends on your base material choices i guess. Personally i love aluminum extrusions, but at that length, i dunno.
Henry: Did you ever get your Joe's CNC 2006 assembled?

[QUOTE=klick0]Wow, so ~6 by 22 feet? double gantry, that's quite a router build. If you want advice you should probably start a build thread, I don't even know what equipment you would need to work on things of that size, it depends on your base material choices i guess. Personally i love aluminum extrusions, but at that length, i dunno.
I have a tall stack of 2x3 rectangular aluminum tube, about a hundred weed eater crank bearings, plus the router and a plasma cutter that will go in the project. I've found the best way to cleanly rip and crosscut aluminum is just like wood, on the table saw and miter saw. I use old wood blades, the finer the better, or non ferus blade. nice polished cuts but the sound is horrible though, wear hearing protection!
My big challenge is picking out motors, drivers and software. For plasma 250 oz.in. steppers driver combo and 100-200 inches per minute will likely make me happy for 300 bucks. I dont know how many pounds of feed I need to push a router around though or how to calculate. As for software I'm dumber than a box of rocks! BobCad sure is a catchy name. I figure I'll start off with the free stuff!
I'm just learning about forums too, I can hardly wait to have my own thread!

My big challenge is picking out motors, drivers and software. For plasma 250 oz.in. steppers driver combo and 100-200 inches per minute will likely make me happy for 300 bucks. I dont know how many pounds of feed I need to push a router around though or how to calculate. As for software I'm dumber than a box of rocks! BobCad sure is a catchy name. I figure I'll start off with the free stuff!
I'm just learning about forums too, I can hardly wait to have my own thread!

If you're talking about machine control software, might take a look a Mach3.
ArtSoft USA - Home of Mach3 and LazyCam
It says it supports routers. I use it for my cnc machine and it works well.

Henry: Did you ever get your Joe's CNC 2006 assembled?

Unfortunately, no. It was on a short list of things to get done this summer/fall but I fell short with other projects. I'm currently replacing all the windows in my house plus doing new sills and trim, all new solid core doors and all new trim in the house. Yes, I'm busy, but I have to keep the misses happy! If that CNC isn't done by April or May I'm going to go talk to a professional about my problems!

Hi Aaron, I'm still alive, just so busy with family activities(Scouts, soccer,etc.) that I haven't even had time to log on here to see what's going on. I'm in northeast Adams Co., name's Gary. Sounds great and would help maintain interest in the hobby locally. I would love to see the process, starting from scratch drawing the project plans, thru the g-code generation and final machining.
Thanks,
c--line

I'm down by Cinci, but maybe too far from you all... I did my own cnc/ballscrew conversion on a G1006 Grizzly mill/drill, and am now doing the same on my Griz 12x37 lathe.. I make race car,airplane,R/C airplane/tank stuff

I live in Pike county , I am in the early stages of retrofitting a Hurco SM1 cnc knee mill. Good to hear from everyone.

Hi Aaron,
I'm in Adams Co. just south of you. Hope something comes of this. I'm just starting to acquire some hardware for my 1st router project. The milling of circuit boards got me interested. Probably be on here a lot when I get started building it.
Later,
c--line

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