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DIY Smart Saw Video

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DIY Smart Saw Interactive Viewer

The DIY SmartSaw Interactive Viewer App You can use this web application to view all the parts needed to build the CNC, detailed dimensions and CAD Files are available inside the app.

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Here Are Some of Our Most Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is the overall size of the Smart SAW?
  2. The overall size of the Smart Saw is: Width: 740mm (29 1/8"), Length: 1200mm (47 1/4"), Height: 1610mm (63 3/8")

  3. What is the size of the cutting/carving area?
  4. The size of the cutting/carving area is: Width: 372mm (14 5/8"), Length: (385mm (15 3/16"), Height: 135mm (5 5/16").

  5. Can I expand the dimension of the Smart Saw, the overall dimension and the cutting/carving area?
  6. Yes you can expand the dimensions of the Smart Saw as long as you follow the same building process. Keep in mind that doing this you will need to make measure adjustments in length to the mechanical parts like: threaded drive rod, precision linear rod, linear guide rails, to some metal parts like: rectangular tubes, etc.

  7. What software controls the Machine?
  8. The software which controls the machine is Mach 3. Mach3 works on most Windows PC's to control the motion of motors (stepper & servo) by processing G-Code.

  9. What is a G-Code?
  10. G-code, which has many variants, is the common name for the most widely used numerical control (NC) programming language. It is used mainly in computer-aided manufacturing to control automated machine tools. G-code is sometimes called G programming language, not to be confused with LabVIEW's G programming language.

    G-code is a language in which people tell computerized machine tools how to make something. The "how" is defined by instructions on where to move, how fast to move, and what path to follow. The most common situation is that, within a machine tool, a cutting tool is moved according to these instructions through a toolpath and cuts away material to leave only the finished work piece. The same concept also extends to noncutting tools such as forming or burnishing tools, photo plotting, additive methods such as 3D printing, and measuring instruments.

  11. How do I Generate a G-Code?
  12. The G-Code is generated by your CAM Software. After you have finished your project into your CAD software, save it as .dxf file. Then insert the .dxf file in the CAM Software, and save the project as G-Code. We strongly recommend to use V-Carve Pro Software, because this is both CAD and CAM software.

  13. Will I be able to download all materials and files to my desktop computer, and if desired, burn my own DVD for my personal use?
  14. Yes you can download all the materials, and also burn it into your own personal DVD, but keep i mind that all the materials and files are not to be sold/rent after this.

  15. Does the Smart saw have the capability to do very detailed designs?
  16. Yes the Smart Saw can carve very detail designs, like inner cuts and exterior cuts.

  17. What router/spindle do you used?
  18. I used a Milwaukee DG-30 Straight Grinder, but you can use any router/spindle for your machine, but keep in mind that doing so you will need to make some adjustments.

  19. Can I operate The Smart Saw using Linux OS?
  20. Yes you can operate the Smart Saw Using Linux OS. Here is a link with more information: http://linuxcnc.org/

  21. What can I use for sketching and creating my personal projects using Linux OS?
  22. For sketching and creating your personal projects I recommend VCarve Pro with emc2 for Linux. Here is a link to a forum where you will find information about VCarve Pro with emc2 for Linux: http://www.cnczone.com/forums/vcarve-pro/37112-vcarve-emc2.html

  23. Can I operate The Smart Saw using Mac OS.
  24. Yes you can operate the Smart Saw using MAC OS. Here is a link with more information: http://blog.cnccookbook.com/2013/11/01/worlds-first-mac-os-x-cam-software-cnc-software-suite/

  25. What can I use for sketching and creating my personal projects using Linux OS?
  26. On the MAC OS you can use AutoCad, TurboCad, etc. for sketching and creating your own projects.

  27. What type of stepper motor have you used: 17, 23 or 34?
  28. I have used a Nema 34 Stepper Motor, but for the size of the machine, nema23 can be used as replacement without any problems.

  29. What is the tolerance of the work this machine can perform?
  30. The tolerance of the work is: 0.6mm (1/32"), this is due to the frame being built from wood, if you aim for higher tolerance, you can replace the wood parts with steel and aluminum. We are working on a new version of the DIY Smart saw made of aluminum and will offer the video guides and plans for free to all existing clients, you will receive an e-mail from us when the plans are available in the download area.

  31. How long does it take to actually build and calibrate the Smart Saw?
  32. After you receive all the materials, the building time is under 4 days if you never built a cnc before, if you know what you're doing, you can assemble this machine in 1, max 2 days. The electrical calibration part is not very complicated and should take under 1 hour to accomplish.

  33. Can I used an USB breakout board instead of a Parallel one?
  34. Yes, in fact I recommend to use a USB breakout board, the only reason we used parallel port was that some of the people prefer using an old computer just for driving the cnc machine, which stays connected all the time, but the BOB can be easily replaced with a more advanced one.

  35. Can the Smart Saw cut through aluminum?
  36. The smart saw is able to mill aluminum using the right end mills and feeding speeds. For more information on this topic, checkout the feed rate calculator found on this page : http://www.cnccookbook.com/Calculators/CNC-Feed-Rate-Calculator.html

  37. Can the Smart Saw cut through Plexiglas?
  38. The smart saw can easily cut through any sort of plastic, including plexiglas, again make sure you check the feed rate and spindle speed when testing new materials and end mills. http://www.cnccookbook.com/Calculators/CNC-Feed-Rate-Calculator.html

  39. Can the Smart Saw carve through acrylic or polycarbonate?
  40. Yes the Smart Saw can carve through acrylic or polycarbonate.

  41. What type of thread is the threaded rod?
  42. It is UNF type thread.

  43. How do I connect the Stepper Motor to the Threaded Rod?
  44. The connection between the Stepper Motor and the Threaded Rod is made through an Flexible Plum Coupling Shaft. You will have to measure the shaft of the motor you picked for your cnc machine and ask the threaded rod provider to mill the rot at one end to match the couplings you chosen.

  45. Is there a more detailed information on the parts of the Smart Saw?
  46. I have developed a web application to visualize the parts easier : http://www.diymagicmachine.com/download/app/index.html and here is a quick video on how to use the application. http://www.diymagicmachine.com/download/smart_saw/VideoReview_V1.mp4

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