DIY PCB Milling Machine – Part 1 – Building Frame
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DIY PCB Milling Machine – Part 1 – Building Frame

October 14, 2019

Hi Everyone. Welcome to Media Milan with me JCRP. A maker space is never complete without any
fast method to prototype a Electronics project. And the longest process in it is to make the
PCBs. Till now I have been using the Toner transfer
method and Ferric Chloride. You can watch a video I made here. Etching method involves many steps. The printing, transfer, corrections after
transfer, etching, scrubbing and then drilling holes before I get so solder. Now you can understand why I desperately want
a PCB milling machine. After I design a PCB on the computer I just
want to click a button and the PCB should be ready. A PCB milling machines costs about 35000 indian
rupees. But whats the fun if we can’t make our own. Disclaimer: I am not trying to cut cost. I am planning to gain some practical knowledge
and share the same with you all. This is going to be a beginner series where
I explain many parts in detail. So if you are a pro some parts of the video
may be already familiar to you. In this part I will show you how I built the
frame. I am using this 30*30 aluminium extrusion. This is a T-Slot type with a small ridge. Unfortunately in Pune I haven’t come across
a dealer who sells v-slot aluminium extrusions. The differents between a t-slot and v-slot
is this shape. V-Slot helps the rollers run on them. But for our need a common T-Slot is enough. The is a T-Nut which slides on the rail and
an allen key nut screws in from the top. This is how we will be fastening most of our
frame. You can buy this T-Slot nut from the same
dealer who sells the aluminium extrusions. But buy the allen key screw from any hardware
store. It will be cheap if you buy from there. To cut the aluminium extrusion I used this
Aluminium cutting blade on my miter saw. It gives a clean cut a perfect 90 degree which
is important. So that when I stack them I can be sure its
perpendicular. If you dont have a miter saw you can ask the
dealer to cut them for you. Now I will start assembling the frame. Here are all the pieces that are cut to length. Two short piece, two long piece and this frame. I have already built the X-Axis but we will
talk about it a bit later. I am using this Allen key wrench made by TVS. They are supposed to be the best. The base is built with these four pieces. The long pieces form the sides and the short
piece goes in between them. This is a corner block. As the name implies it fits on the corner
joining both the pieces. To fasten it I will drop the Allen screw and
attach it to the t-nut. This will be held loosely so that I can slide
it in the t-slot. The other piece also slides in from the other
side. All the while I make sure it sits flush to
the ends of other piece. Then I can tighen the allen screw. Here are the both halfs ready. I have kept each side open so that I drop
in some allen screws. Let me explain. There will be smooth rods here and a motor
on the inner side. So if I dont drop in the screws now then later
I have to disassemble and put it all back together. So do not miss this step. So 4 screws on each side and two on the inside. If you dont understand thats fine. You will see later. Now I close both the halfs with some more
corner blocks. A last check to see if we have the number
of screws right. All the while I also made sure that all the
sides are flush to each other. This ensures a perfect 90 degree Y-Axis. Now for the X-Axis Frame. I have basically made the same kind of connection
using corner blocks. These two pieces of extrusion in between provide
the lateral support required. To make the fitting easy I have made sure
the corner blocks are flush to the top. Infact all the corner blocks touch each other. This way I can be sure that the two rails
in between run parallel to each other. Once I loosen the t-nuts at the base of the
X-Axis frame I can slide in into the Y-Axis frame. Again here I make sure that this corner block
is flush to the base. So basically wherever necessary I used the
corner blocks as the measuring tool to make sure each side is at the same distance to
each other. So here is the frame. It is light that it can picked with one hand
but very rigid. Thats it for this video. In the next video we will see how I can fit
the smooth rods. I am planning on 3D printing some holders
to hold them. I will also print linear sliding blocks to
slide on the smooth rods. I appreciate watching this video and be sure
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watching it. Sharing the video helps me a lot. Follow me on instagram @mrjcrp to see what
I am working on right now. Until next time. Happy Learning.

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  1. Can you mention the length of aluminium extrusion you have cut.
    Also thanks for this great tutorial 🙂

  2. You have done a great job. Keep it up.
    Your website ( has DB (MySQL) connection issues.
    How much the total cost of this build excluding 3d prints.
    All the best.

  3. Came across this channel by chance but I'll stick around 🙂 Where in Pune did you buy the T-slots from? I usually get my V-slots online but as expected shipping is expensive.

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