Cyclone PCB Factory
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A summary on the Cyclone development can be found in this article.
The new Cyclone v2 has been released!
Unboxing video by Factoría Maker:
(old) Video summary of Cyclone, as of Summer 2013:
Milling plexiglass by Martin Zabojnik (video)
The external dimensions of the Cyclone PCB Factory are approximately 25x30x40 cm (intended footprint was a DIN A4 paper sheet).
The machine is optimized to work with 100x160 PCB boards and has ~3cm of usable Z range.
The following is a list of the main improvements that this project is developing:
- Rep-Rap alike, anyone can print the parts and build it
- Simple implementation of Z height probing to allow high precision milling (see the Software credits for details)
The development of the Cyclone PCB Factory is hosted on github: https://github.com/carlosgs/Cyclone-PCB-Factory.
Mail list / Forum
If you are interested in this project, please consider joining our mail list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/cyclone-pcb-factory
Bill of Materials
Where to buy?
Required features: 3 stepper drivers, 2 endstops + 1 probe cable with (crocodile clips).
- If you use a dremel as the rotatory tool, you can use a 12V (min 2 Amp) power supply for the electronics. - If you use a DC spindle, you may need an additional 48V 300W power supply.
If you build Cyclone too let us know in the mail list!
- Y axis improvement by yOPERO https://github.com/carlosgs/Cyclone-PCB-Factory/pull/1
- Z axis concepts by Quim Borras and the spindle motor holder by Misan were really useful!! Also, Diego Viejo's machine was of great inspiration for the Z axis (https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/113930344830086538817/albums/5868944432651911713?authkey=CLDJgdehlN773gE) Thank you all!!
- This design woudn't have been possible without the encouragement of the Panda CNC community (https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102402711800402614517)
- Also, thanks to Obijuan (http://iearobotics.com) for naming the machine Cyclone :)
Derived from / we have used / inspirational
- "Linear actuator concept for CNC machines" by Carlosgs (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:45103)
- "Parametric openscad beveled cube" by Obijuan (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:29842)
- "Minimal footprint friction-fit LM8UU holder" by thantik (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:23041)
- "Spindle mount for ShapeOko" by Misan (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:26740)
- "Carro Z para Cyclone CNC mill intended for PCB" by Quim (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:80718)
- Write.scad (and DXF fonts) by HarlanDMii (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:16193)
- "PCB Machining Vise" by Forgetful_Guy (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:63578)
- "Mantis 9.1 CNC" (http://reprap.org/wiki/Mantis_9.1)
Note by Carlosgs: Credit for the ideas used
The following note was posted Apr 17, 2013 (https://plus.google.com/u/0/113437723819360223498/posts/3DcMwaksSuF) and shall not be modified
The origin of Cyclone took place while I was inside the Panda CNC community (https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102402711800402614517). This is from December 2012 to mid-February 2013. Here is the credit for the ideas that were used:
- Let's design a 3D-printable CNC for PCB milling, it will be named Panda: Guillermo Welch (mid-December, via Google Talk)
- X carriage rod distribution: César Augusto Fernández Cano claims Cyclone's X axis is a derivate of his concept: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111421387442355054591/posts/QrfYtEuZBaj
- 100x160mm workspace: David Martin https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/16122275/PandaCNC_credit/workplace_size.png
- Using gears to drive the X-Y axes: Guillermo Welch https://plus.google.com/u/0/101232926728463427403/posts/QjZGNcWcgGg
- Regarding the woodbase: Guillermo Welch always contemplated the possibility of attaching the machine (optionally) to a woodbase. I decided to use the base as a main structural part instead. See https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/16122275/PandaCNC_credit/woodbase.png (screenshot from https://plus.google.com/u/0/113437723819360223498/posts/8LDCSSVWqCS)
- List of CNC endmill types: David Martin https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/16122275/PandaCNC_credit/cnc_endmill_types.png
Please note I have taken screenshots of the post that are on the closed G+ Panda community (https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116318709564872967169). You can register and see by yourself.
All other development present on Cyclone has nothing to do with Panda and is not related to the Panda project.
License: Attribution - Share Alike - Creative Commons (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)
- (20/Jan/2014) Summary of a year of development
- (18-19/Oct/2013) Cyclone was shown at Codemotion Madrid 2013 (Spain) (1) (2) (3)
- (21/Sep/2013) Cyclone was shown at TEDxValladolid 2013 (Valladolid, Spain) (1)
- (24/Jul/2013) Featured in Hackaday!! (1)
- (14/Jun/2013) Cyclone's first public presentation at Viernes Abierto Arduteka in Zaragoza (Spain). Some pictures (credit to Miguel Ángel de Frutos, Alberto Valero and Jorge Andreu) (1) (2) (3) (4)
- (07/Jun/2013) Visit from User:Obijuan to see Cyclone in action :) (1)
- (05/Jun/2013) First circuit board milled with Cyclone! (1)
- (23/May/2013) First Z probing results (1) and (2)
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