|Travel (Cutting Area)|
|1000mm x 1000mm||1000mm x 1500mm||1500mm x 1500mm|
|Z-Axis:||Approx. 250mm||Approx. 250mm||Approx. 250mm|
|Workable Material Height (max):||Approximately 200mm (with a 12mm baseboard)||Approximately 200mm (with a 12mm baseboard)||Approximately 200mm (with a 12mm baseboard)|
|Footprint (not including motors):||1000mm x 1000mm||1000mm x 1500mm||1500mm x 1500mm|
Compatible Material for Cutting/Milling:
- Hard Wood
- Soft Wood
About the Lead CNC
This is the Maker Store Lead CNC design is an offspring inspired by the original Open Source Lead CNC Machine designed by Mark Carew and the design is licensed under CC – Attribution – CC BY.
The Lead Version 3 is a super-strong, accurate and easy-to-assemble CNC machine made using off-the-shelf parts with easily customizable options. It has been designed to accurately cut foams, woods, plastics and aluminium to 0.05-0.10mm accuracy or better. Functional engineering parts, toys, signs or anything else that can be imagined, can be made on the Lead CNC Machine.
The Maker Store kit has a few differences from the Open Source design. Some differences include the inclusion of the High Z Mod as standard, the use of Black Corner Connectors in place of Cast Brackets in order to increase rigidity, the addition of a Lead screw tensioning system and most notably, the dynamic actuator frame rather than a static frame.
The Lead CNC Machine is a 4-axis (3 + 1) machine, this means there is 3 physical axis (X, Y, Z) and a slave axis of Y which is called the A Axis.
With the High Z Modification for the LEAD CNC, the Z-Travel is increased to approximately 200mm! This modification revolutionizes the work pieces the LEAD CNC Machine is capable of.
The High Z Mod uses dual extrusions for the X-Axis and connected gantry carts to increase the strength and stability while decreasing flex across the X-Z Axis.
Please note: The Maker Store Lead CNC design is different from the OpenBuilds design. You must follow our instructions when assembling your machine. The instructions are available HERE
Cable Management System
When wiring up a CNC Machine, even a simple CNC machine, there will be a lot of cable runs that are needed for all the components of the electronic system. These cables will quickly start getting in the way of moving parts and if there is no cable management there is a serious risk of damaging cables which can be extremely unsafe when the CNC machine is operating.
Simply cable tying the cables to your frame will not work because the CNC machine axes are constantly moving, so the cables too must move with the axis.
Cable Drag Chains are a solution to cable management. When it comes to cable drag chains, if you have the space for them, the larger the better. It is easier to feed a new cable through a larger drag chain than it is trying to force a cable through an already full smaller drag chain. Cable Drag Chains very quickly fill up with the numerous cables that are running around the CNC Machine.
Our 15x30mm Cable Drag Chains have each individual link able to be opened up, this is an incredibly useful feature the smaller drag chains do not have. Drag chains can be shortened or lengthened by simply removing or joining links of the chain.
When it comes to deciding on an electronic system to control your CNC machine there are many opinions on the options to choose from and researching these can lead you down a rabbit hole. However, a great place to start is with the software. The choice of software to control your machine will dictate the options available for electronic hardware.
xPRO V5 Motion Control System
This electronics bundle contains all the required electronics to operate the CNC machine. The only part you need to bring is a computer.
The xPRO V5 Motion Control System is our easiest to set up and learn and most user-friendly electronic control system. This option is perfect for a CNC novice.
High Torque GRBL System
This electronics bundle is the most flexible and adaptable CNC control system we offer.
This system does take a bit more to set up, but can be adapted and changed to suit a vast range of different applications. Higher knowledge of electronics is required for this option.
Spindle / Router Mount
A Spindle/Router Mounting Bracket is the best choice if you are using a standard Makita/Dewalt/Bosch router. Check the diameter of your router before choosing the size.
The 400W Air Cooled Spindle is a DC motor similar to a router. These spindles are relatively safe to use and run on 48VDC. If a fault condition ever occurs no serious harm will come to the user. Small spindles such as this can perform the same cuts and run times as a standard router. The run-out for the 400W Spindle is generally more accurate than a router.
The 1.5kW Air Cooled Spindle is a 3-phase motor that uses 120VAC+ per phase through electrical windings at a high frequency to rotate a shaft. Generally, spindles require the user to terminate the wires to each phase in a connector. Terminating wires can be quite difficult for an individual who does not have the experience or skills in delicate soldering. Care must be taken when terminating a spindle connector to ensure there is no short circuit between phases or earth. Spindles have a conductive metallic housing which is incredibly dangerous if exposed to a voltage above 50VAC. The 1.5kW Air Cooled Spindle will run significantly quieter than routers. The runout is also considerably low and becoming ‘bogged’ or stuck while moving through materials during a cut is incredibly difficult and almost non-existent. The powerful 3 phase spindles are designed to run non-stop for hours at a time.
There are two options when selecting a Touch Probe.
One is a simple touch probe used for correctly offsetting the Z Height from the workpiece prior to beginning a job. The other option is an XYZ Touch Probe that is used to accurately
set the 0, 0, 0 coordinate of the workpiece prior to beginning a job.