This CNC Foam Cutters builders gallery shows machines built by fellow enthusiasts who have been kind enough to allow me to show their pictures.
As you can see you don’t have to follow my builds exactly or use the same materials. 3d printing is becoming a popular way to build CNC quite often referred to as MPCNC (mostly printed CNC)
Colin’s Foam Cutter
This is Colin’s foam cutter and he’s used the WingWire software developed by Dominik Schuler and very happy with it. Dominik’s post on Thingiverse has all the details including the software download
Jeff’s Machine using extrusions
Jeff has built his machine using aluminium extrusions. It measure 700mm on the horizontal axes, 300mm on the vertical axes and has a seperation of 750mm. Jeff use Mach3 and 4 with NEMA 23 steppers and DQ542MA stepper drivers. A very good looking foam cutter.
Ian’s Foam Cutter
Ian has built the foam cutter from the plans and he’s made a very good job of it. He’s also found from testing he gets much better results with a bench power supply to power the hot wire.
Mark’s 3d Printed Foam Cutter
Mark has used PETG filament and Baltic Birch Ply check out his designs on Thingiverse The controller mount with the fan looks very good.
Tony’s 3d Printed Foam Cutter
Nathan Foam Cutter Using LinuxCNC with the Parallel Port
LinuxCNC with the parallel port is still a good option in 2020. Recycle that old desktop and you have a very good foam cutter which can use more powerful NEMA23 stepper motors.
Peter’s USB Foam Cutter using Lead Screws
Peter decided to use lead screws rather than threaded rods. Check the parts list where I have listed the sizes required. You will need to calibrate the steps/mm because the pitch and diameter are different.
Klaus has converted his TB6560 to USB using an Arduino
If you want to convert your parallel port contoller to USB then using an Arduino is a good option. You will need to use different software because Mach3 and LinuxCNC won’t work.
Tony has used right angled stepper motor mounts on his machine.