CNC Foam Cutter DIY using a Hot Wire

CNC Foam Cutter DIY using a Hot Wire

Firstly if you’re not sure what a CNC foam cutter i using a hot wire is, then let me explain. Most types of foam can be cut with a hot wire and if you can control the wire accurately then … Continued

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Using free CNC software to make foam wings with a DIY foam cutter

Using free CNC software to make foam wings with a DIY foam cutter

You’ve built your 4 axis CNC Foam Cutter and now you need some free CNC software to generate g-code for that foam wing. If you can afford it then buying software may be the way to go, but expect to … Continued

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Decals – make your own for RC airplanes with an Inkjet Printer

Decals – make your own for RC airplanes with an Inkjet Printer

When I purchased my FW190 at a model show I neglected to check if there were any decals in the kit. For several reasons I didn’t start the kit for a couple of years after I bought it.  AeroTech went … Continued

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How to get started with LinuxCNC – CNC router

How to get started with LinuxCNC – CNC router

Why use LinuxCNC I suppose the obvious answer is that LinuxCNC is FREE because its Open Source. This post shows how to get the OX CNC router from OpenBuilds working with LinuxCNC and a TB6560 cnc controller. But this should work … Continued

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How to Cover Wings and Fuselages in Brown Paper and White Glue.

How to Cover Wings and Fuselages in Brown Paper and White Glue.

Cheap and Strong I’ve used the brown paper method on several projects including my latest flying wing.  It makes and incredibly strong wing and can be finished in couple of ways. Best of all its cheap all you need is … Continued

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Free CNC software for 3 and 4 axis machines

Free CNC software for 3 and 4 axis machines

Why would I use free CNC software You’ve built your 4 Axis hot wire foam cutting machine or 3 Axis router and now you need some CNC software to controller the machine. I often get questions through this website from … Continued

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OpenBuilds CNC router from Ooznest – Software

OpenBuilds CNC router from Ooznest – Software

CNC Router Software When you start looking in to CNC you see the term CAD and CAM used quite a lot and you probably know what CAD means but CAM for me wasn’t something I quite understood. So when you … Continued

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Mach3 Parallel Port Options

Mach3 Parallel Port Options

What is Mach3 Mach3 is a piece of software that turns a Windobitws 32 computer into a CNC machine controller. Mach3 works on 32 bit PC’s up to Windows 7 with the parallel port driver, to control the motion of … Continued

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CNC Hawker Hurricane Part 3 update

CNC Hawker Hurricane Part 3 update

Here’s a progress report on my CNC Hawker Hurricane built with my Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter. The video below shows how far I’ve progressed. it’s going to be built as a Desert Air Force Hurricane IID tank buster, with … Continued

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Vintage Rangefinder – Yashica Minister D

Vintage Rangefinder – Yashica Minister D

Yashica Minister D Vintage Rangefinder Reborn Here’s how I ended up taking pictures with an old Yashica Minister D Vintage Rangefinder .  Let me explain what a Rangefinder camera is. When you look through the viewfinder  you see a split image … Continued

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Anet A8 heated bed upgrade using ATX computer power supply

Anet A8 heated bed upgrade using ATX computer power supply

Why upgrade the Anet A8 heated bed power supply   I’ve upgraded my Anet A8 to use an ATX computer power supply(PSU) to power the heated bed.  Why would you need to do this ?  The printer worked fine without … Continued

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3d Printed Red Arrows BAE Hawk

3d Printed Red Arrows BAE Hawk

  Many thanks to Eric Simon for this design. Still have some decals to add. This is for my Grandson Oscar who is 3 years old and loves my Radio Controlled Hawk. Every time he visits we have to get … Continued

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Radio Controlled Plane Gallery

Radio Controlled Plane Gallery

This gallery shows picture I’ve taken at the Rotherham District and Model Flying Club.  I’m a keen photographer and these are some of the shots I’m most pleased with . Some of the models are mine but most are club … Continued

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Anet A8 3D Printer why I choose it  – some build issues

Anet A8 3D Printer why I choose it – some build issues

The Anet A8 I finally decided to get an Anet A8 3D printer which complements my other CNC machines, the router and hot-wire foam cutter. Its basically a copy of the Prusa i3 which cost a lot more. After a lot of research … Continued

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TB6560 CNC 4 axis spindle relay configuration for Mach3 or LinuxCNC

TB6560 CNC 4 axis spindle relay configuration for Mach3 or LinuxCNC

TB6560 4 axis spindle relay configuration with Mach3 or LinuxCNC is fairly straight forward.   But it took me some time to figure out. So here’s how I got the board to work. I wanted to be able to control … Continued

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OpenBuilds CNC router from Ooznest – Part 3

OpenBuilds CNC router from Ooznest – Part 3

The build is almost complete the OX CNC router works and I have the home limit switches installed.  Took some figuring out as I use the 2 spare wires in the RJ45 cables to send the signals back to the … Continued

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OpenBuilds OX CNC router from Ooznest build – Part 2

OpenBuilds OX CNC router from Ooznest build – Part 2

Ooznest OX CNC router with Mach3 As you can see the build of the OX CNC router is almost complete.  Next step is to get the limit switches and the emergency stop installed and wired up.   I’ve used a … Continued

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OpenBuilds CNC router from Ooznest -Part 1

OpenBuilds CNC router from Ooznest -Part 1

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 … Continued

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Bailey the Poochon

Bailey the Poochon

Baily is our new dog he’s a Poochon which is  created by the crossing of two non shedding breeds, the Bichon Frise and Poodle, he was born on the 1st of August 2015.  Susan has asthma and we need a … Continued

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Hot Wire CNC YMF-38 flying wing

Hot Wire CNC YMF-38 flying wing

Here’s the build details and some videos of my first flying wing built with the hot wire CNC machine.  I’ve called YMF-38 as its 38 inch wing span.  It uses MH-42 airfoil sections and uses a 2200KV brushless motor with a … Continued

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