Gregory Cowley

Interdisciplinary Maker

Homemade CNC Machine

I constructed a fully operational 4 by 8 foot CNC machine based on the Open Source Maslow CNC system.

I've had a longtime interest in the fabrication of furniture and large scale products, but lacked the resources to produce such products. Instead, I often would build things by hand, limited by the tools I had. Many of the best designs I created were out of the range of my abilities.

I wanted to work with computer-controlled rapid prototyping, and finally, I had the opportunity to build a CNC machine on my own using open source content from Maslow CNC. I created the initial CNC machine to work with four by eight sheets of plywood. Over time I've made continuous improvements to improve accuracy and speed. I've learned computer-controlled fabrication technology from the inside out.

<p>I've had a longtime interest in the fabrication of furniture and large scale products, but lacked the resources to produce such products. Instead, I often would build things by hand, limited by the tools I had. Many of the best designs I created were out of the range of my abilities.</p> <p>I wanted to work with computer-controlled rapid prototyping, and finally, I had the opportunity to build a CNC machine on my own using open source content from Maslow CNC. I created the initial CNC machine to work with four by eight sheets of plywood. Over time I've made continuous improvements to improve accuracy and speed. I've learned computer-controlled fabrication technology from the inside out.</p>