Cyclone PCB Factory

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Cyclone PCB Factory Documentation
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Cyclone PCB Factory v0.9.7

Release status: working

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Cyclone is a 3D-printable CNC Mill intended for PCB manufacture.
CAD Models
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3D render of Cyclone PCB Factory
3D render of Cyclone PCB Factory.


The Cyclone PCB Factory is a 3D-printable CNC Mill released in May 2013. It has been inspired by many other designs like the Mantis.


The external dimensions of the Cyclone PCB Factory are approximately 25x30x40 cm (intended footprint was a DIN A4 paper sheet).

Main improvements

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


The development of the Cyclone PCB Factory is hosted on github:


Currently, we are using Sanguinololu with Marlin Required features: 3 stepper drivers, 3 endstops + 1 extra pin for probing, and (optional) 1 pin to control spindle.

Power supply

The spindle we are using requires an aditional 48V 300W power supply.


Special thanks

- Y axis improvement by yOPERO - 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 ( Thank you all!! - This design woudn't have been possible without the encouragement of the Panda CNC community ( - Also, thanks to Obijuan ( for naming the machine Cyclone :)

Derived from / we have used / inspirational

- "Linear actuator concept for CNC machines" by Carlosgs ( - "Parametric openscad beveled cube" by Obijuan ( - "Minimal footprint friction-fit LM8UU holder" by thantik ( - "Spindle mount for ShapeOko" by Misan ( - "Carro Z para Cyclone CNC mill intended for PCB" by Quim ( - Write.scad (and DXF fonts) by HarlanDMii ( - "PCB Machining Vise" by Forgetful_Guy (

Credit for the ideas used

The origin of Cyclone took place while I was inside the Panda CNC community ( This is from December 2012 to mid-February 2013. Here is the credit for the ideas that were used:

Please note I have taken screenshots of the post that are on the closed G+ Panda community ( 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 (


  • (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)