This is the build of the OpenBuilds OX CNC router from Ooznest. Having already built a Hot Wire CNC foam cutter I got the bug to build a CNC router. I’ve used the TB6560 4 axis controller and Mach3 that I use on the Hot wire foam cutter to run the router as well. The controller on the foam cutter is connected via RJ-45 Network cables so its easy to swap in the router and load a different config in Mach3.
After a lot of research I decided to buy the the OX mechanical kit from Ooznest, the 500mm x 750mm which can be upgraded if you need it bigger. I’ve read some very good reports about them and wasn’t disappointed when it arrived. The packaging is second to none with items very clearly labelled and boxed into to major assembly’s. I also purchased the router mounting kit at the same time for a Katsu 107148G router from Amazon which is a Makita RTX0700CX clone at half the price. Since found out the router is 65mm diameter and the mounting plate is 71mm so I had to pack it out with some thin sheet.
The manual supplied is superb and nice and glossy! The kit is based on the OpenBuilds OX design by Mark Carew with some modifications to improve the rigidity of the machine. Mark has the build videos on OpenBuilds in the previous link which are very good.
The kit isn’t cheap but I very pleased with it. So far I used the machine with Mach3 but I will be putting together a article on using with LinuxCNC which is free. Check out part 1 which is an overview of free CNC software http://www.rckeith.co.uk/free-cnc-software-3-and-4-axis/ and will be followed by a number of articles on various solutions.
As it arrived
X Axis front view
Side view not much left to do