The Past Year
We first released the Ooznest OX Mechanical CNC Kit May last year, and it received an extremely good reception. Since then we have sold lots of OX CNC Kits to all reaches of the world, with many happy customers, this has been reflected in the reviews we have received.
Since the first month we started selling the OX CNC Kit, we received one constant request from interested customers, this was for a full kit. We sold all the main parts to get a working machine, but sourcing all the misc wires, mounting the controller, and keeping the wires tidy can be a pain and very time consuming. Listening to these requests, we started straight away working on a full kit. The full kit had to solve all the pain points people would face when setting up the machine. These included wiring the PSU, mounting the controller, keeping the controller cool, safely routing the wires. It took longer than expected, but we are happy to say that the full kit is finally available!
The Full Kit
The full CNC kit builds upon our existing mechanical kit and includes everything you need to build a working CNC Machine apart from the router and spoiler board. For the controller we chose to use the CNC xPro, we have been selling these for as long as the OX Mechanical Kit, and they have proven to be very popular. The xPro is a GRBL Based controller and has 4 built in DRV8825 stepper drivers which have enough power to each run a 175oz NEMA23 Stepper Motor. We designed a plastic plate that holds the xPro to the back of the x-gantry, with this we also designed a mount which sits on top of the xPro, that mounts 2 x 24V 30mm cooling fans.
The xPro can be powered from an ATX PSU, however these are only available in 12V, and we wanted to run the machine at 24V for better motor operation. So we decided to use a standard 24V 350W switching power supply. These can be untidy and unsafe power supplies to use. So we decided to design a 3D Printed plastic cover, to which we mount a switched IEC Inlet, LED Volt Meter, and XT60 Power Outputs.
The power supply will sit at the back of the machine, therefore we needed a safe way to get the power wires from the power supply to the moving gantry. Cable carriers were needed. Again we designed 3D Printed mounts to hold 30x15mm cable carriers on the both the X & Y Axes.
The optional router mount is capable of holding any 71mm outer diameter router. Models that meet his criteria are the Bosch Colt and DeWalt 26200.
With our Mechanical CNC Kit we provide a printed manual guiding you through the assembly. We wanted to do the same for the full kit. So we spent countless our creating a manual which can be started straight after completion of the mechanical manual. This manual will guide you through cable carrier mounting, PSU assembly, controller setup, and most importantly software setup. Our latest manual continues the tried and tested format of IKEA’ske diagrams with written instructions.
We hope the above has given you some insight into the background development of the full kit and as always welcome any suggestions!