Another CNC project (don’t tell anyone!!)

While I have been working on the CNC lathe attachment, I have also been working on another of John Kleinbauer’s CNC designs….the "7th Sojourn."  The "7th" is a flat-bed design CNC machine that uses many of the same construction principles as the lathe attachment, and I couldn’t resist building it also since I now have the electronic hardware and software to give it a go.   The 7th will cut out parts and do engravings on material up to 9"x14".  I intend to use the same controller, etc on this machine as I did on the lathe attachment.  I’ll just come up with some quick-connects so that I can move back and forth without difficulty.

Last night I completed and dry-fitted all of the wooden (MDF) components for the 7th and they are now ready to be painted.  I also bought much of a used z and y axis assembly from John a month or two ago, and that will make progress go much quicker on this machine as I will be re-using many of his scrap parts.

My wife is pressing me to get back to my "real" woodworking and build the two Greene & Greene desks that I have promised to build…but I’ve been bitten by the CNC bug lately!!  I’d love to do some regular woodworking, but I am obsessed with getting these machines running first!!

About mattsanf

Matt Sanfilippo is the Chief Partnership Officer (CPO) for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Co-Director of its Engineering Research Accelerator. In this role, Matt coordinates and enables strategic and sponsored research opportunities across the college, and stewards the development of proposals for major research opportunities along strategic themes. Additionally, he enables collaboration among the college's research institute/center executive directors, and industrial and government relations personnel in the pursuit of opportunities with industry, federal and state governments. Before becoming CPO for the College, Matt was the Senior Executive Director for Research Initiatives, the Executive Director of CMU's SII (Smart Infrastructure Institute) and ICES (Institute for Complex Engineered Systems), and Associate Director of PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance) and RAMP (Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania). Before CMU, Matt was Managing Director of Applied Technology for Michael Baker Corporation, an engineering and energy services firm. Matt managed Baker's technology division including Geographic Information System (GIS), software and web development, multimedia, virtual reality, visualization, Global Positioning System (GPS), mapping and surveying services. Before joining Baker, Matt was an Innovation Director for Redleaf Group, a Venture Capital/Operating Company focused on information security, supply chain and mobility solutions. While at Redleaf, Matt managed technical due diligence for seed-stage investments and coordinated relationships between Redleaf and their partner companies. Prior to Redleaf, Matt was CIO of GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies, an infrastructure engineering firm, and operations manager for their Internet start-up that focused on web-technologies for health and safety and manufacturing metrics. Matt is on the board of Larson Design Group (LDG), past Chairman of the Board for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, current board member of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), current Vice President of the Sewickley Heights Gun Club (SHGC) and former member of the Information Sciences and Technology Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania State University Beaver. Matt is also former Vice President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals and former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Baker Combined Charity of Pennsylvania.

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