Monday, December 20, 2010

First post

Hi.

This blog is about a Do-It-Yourself CNC Laser engraver project I'm currently working on. Later on I might write also about some other things.

I'm a Finnish hacker, 26 years old at the time of this writing. For those who got scared: with hacker I don't mean an internet criminal. It just means I like to repurpose electronic devices or use their parts to make something else. You can just say 'nerd' if you will.

My plan is to build a laser engraving machine that is made mostly from recycled parts and to document it in case someone else is interested.

I'm planning to make the blog a bit like a manual / tutorial, so old posts will probably get edited along the way as I get more knowledge & have more time to write.

Currently I have no idea how often I will get to update this blog and when the thing is going to be ready. But like they say: live for the journey, not the destination... No, I'm just kidding. Fucking hippies.

One thing that makes the project very interesting for me is that I have no previous experience with lasers, or any mechanical builds. I have worked with electronics for years now and I'm fairly good at programming, but I'm sceptical expecially on how good mechanical build I will be able to pull off.

What sets this CNC build apart from the many others you can find from Google is that I don't have access to any wood/metalworks equipment. I have this crazy plan to build the whole thing out of garbage. Time will tell if I succeed in it, or if I eventually decide to get some custom parts.

So, this is what this blog is about. Stay tuned. Meanwhile I'll go bust open some electronic garbage.

ZF

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