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November 2, 2009

DIY Foam Cutting CNC Machine

at 5:31 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Mitch Schoch from SimpleVoice.com built an interesting 4 axis DIY Foam Cutting CNC Machine. It has lots of control since all 4 motors can be driven independently. His design is modular, he has used phone jacks and 24 gauge phone cable to provide power the motors. Everything was purchased from the local hardware store so there are no exotic parts in the unit. From the video he looks to be using standard threaded rod and some big drawer slides to provide smooth motion with the use of the stepper motors.



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12 Responses to “DIY Foam Cutting CNC Machine”

  1. Dave Says:

    R/C plane fanatics would pay a lot of money for one of these!

  2. MIKHEIL Says:

    what he uses for that wire? which is cutting threw that thing? what wire is that i mean what material?

  3. Jan Says:

    R/C plane fanatics build these as there are heaps of free instructables on the web. It’ll cost you about 100+ dollars to make one if you find a scrap transformer etc.

    they usually use NiChrome wires, which are cheap and readily available in hobby shops for this purpose. You just need a transformer and make sure you don’t burn your fingers. Advanced homebuilders even employ temperature sensors as the the wire-voltage needs to be regulated to match the size and length of the cut.

  4. Ado Says:

    This design has been around for many years… I built exactly the same thing from a design found on the web 5 years ago. Worked well but had its flaws(accuracy).

  5. Rene Says:

    How can I download the cnc controler schematics ? what kind of steppers motors can i

  6. Rene Says:

    what kind of steppers can i use? Thanks

  7. Ado Says:


  8. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Rene,

    The creator didn’t provide those detail, but as Ado indicated there are lots of sites with similar information.

  9. Fernando Liorti Says:

    HI Mike please get back with me vey intrested to talk to you email me your number i like to talk to you Fernando Liorti i am in Toronto Canada

  10. DIY Hot Wire Foam Cutter - Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog Says:

    […] There are lots of ways to get the job done, you could use the standard utility knife or make a wire cutting CNC machine. But with a bit of time and a few dollars of parts (or possible no cost in parts based on the size […]


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  12. Foamcutter Says:

    The original plans are available here $9.00!! http://www.drayconstruction.com/foamstuffs/

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