Look out folks, there’s a CNC storm a’comin’. A wee, cute little storm of laser cut, three-axis THUNDER! It’s the DIYLILCNC and it is so lil’ you’ll want to build it, give it a hug and then command it to do your gantry-mounted bidding!

In the same open-source artery as the Makerbot 3D Printer, Chris Reilly and Taylor Hokanson, with funding from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, have developed plans to create your very own desktop milling machine without having to even know what CNC means.

Earlier last month they gave a presentation at CAA Chicago 2010 that explains all you want to know. So, get your smock, align your cutting tools… GO.

The DIYLILCNC project is a set of plans for an inexpensive, fully functional 3-axis CNC mill that can be built by an individual with basic shop skills and tool access.

The DIYLILCNC can be built for around $700. This cost includes all the stock hardware and sheet material used in construction. CAD files for custom laser-cut parts are distributed along with the plans. Anyone with access to a laser cutter can use these files to fabricate all the panel parts necessary for construction; those without ready laser-cutter access can use local or online laser-cutting services.

Did you get that?! $700 bones! You can sell that regular, old CNC Mill and make 150 of these babies. So, download the plans, but wait… first check out the video explanation and plot test of the machine. WILD.

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