Former Wayne College student Ben Engle has been doing gigantic things since he graduated several years ago. Back then, he built a wooden CNC wood carving machine from scrap parts, graduating to an aluminum machine that was turned into a build-your-own workshop for Schantz Makerspace members after that. Today, Ben is into big, heavy machines for machining metal. We’re talking on the order of 1,000 pounds!
A machine of this magnitude is necessary as metal is a difficult material to cut/carve properly. Ben sourced new and used parts to build the machine from scratch including some serious stepper motors and a professional, older CNC controller repurposed for a new life! He used an engine crane to position components in-place. The frame is filled with all the epoxy granite, minimizing vibrations to make dimensionally perfect parts.