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AeroSpace Engineering Department, Oklahoma State
"Thanks a lot as the CNC unit is
now working for 3D objects and we are starting to
learn how to make molds directly using the CNC. We are
seeing that what formally would have taken over a week
to do can now be done in less then an hour. Once again
we look forward to using your unit and in fact there
has been talk about purchasing a third unit as well.
Overall we have been very
impressed with the table and are looking forward to
many more hours of CNC fun."
"We have an old New Hermes 3400
at work that we paid $10k for 6 years ago and
I just engraved an autocad drawing that I did
at work with graphics and text with the same
quality but much faster! All on paper thin
"I haven't used
the CNC machine as much as I'd like, but have
made some plastic parts for my motorcycle
projects. So far I love the machine.
"Great cd, thanks, great to do
business with. AAAAAA+++++"
"This year we are using
your CNC machine to go directly to the mold
stage and we have been able to cut at least one
week from our schedule as well as we are now
able to build a mold that has details on the
order of 0.005" or even better."
Received my combo cd and took a look at it,
and was very surprised.. The cd is everything
i was looking for. I know nothing about Cnc's
but your Cd explains so much more on how
things work than i could have asked for..
Thanks a bunch.."
"I received the last box
today. The parts look
great! I've got the plastic parts mostly
done, the control board soldered up..
I'll be finishing the plastic parts tonight
and maybe testing my motors... Aluminum parts
tomorrow hopefully, and maybe this weekend
anyway, Ill keep you posted on this Pilot
Pro in NJ!"
"I received my combo
CD earlier in the week and was very happy. I
would like to be added to your megabot email
"The machine is a
work of art! Very nice!
WAY UNDERSTATED how cool this CD is.
The high quality of the descriptions,
the bill of materials, the DXF files
and the photographs [especially] is
without a doubt one of the best I have
The design is very good too, in that
it is simple [relatively] and straight
forward. It appears inexpensive to
build as well, without being cheap,
which is a big downfall of many of the
plans [I have more than one.].
Being a designer of furniture,
clothing and automobile interiors
there are subtle clues to quality, one
of which is presentation of the idea.
The manner and completeness of the
presentation of the ideas on this CD
are just a small clue to the quality
of the thought behind the product. "
I made my first cuts today!
all up and running... finally
done!.... making parts,
assembling, painting, computer building,
software, basement cleaning, wiring, testing,
on and on and on.. And now it all
"Got it! Great
information and really appreciate the
extra effort in shipping.
Have a great week!"
"Phil, Got the
CD today! I'm impressed! I have an
aluminum frame that's welded 1.5" X 3"
tubing, measuring 55" x 40" that I'm going
to use as the foundation. I'll upscale the
X and Y to fit my frame. Going to use 1250
in-lb Nema 34 motors on the X and Y. I'll
let you know how things turn out."
MACHINE WORKS GREAT, WHEN YOU SEE MY NEXT
PICTURE OF A LITHOPHANE YOU WON'T BELIEVE
I did not email you sooner.
Thanks for the kind words on
cnczone.com. I had a great time
building from your plans. You need to
charge more for the CD. This thing has
so much information and the pictures
where a huge help. Anyone could modify
your plans to make this just about any
size they wanted. My welding
experience was little to none but I
had no problem welding the ends up
using your jig that I built. It would
also be very easy to bolt the ends
together if someone did not have
access to a welder. I would recommend
that anyone even thinking of building
a CNC router purchase your CD, it is
packed with information.
and the templates
Method! I am very
your design and it
is apparent that
you have spent
much time and
thought on your
I am 61,
hold a couple patents and was GM of my own division of a company with 650
We built a
product I designed. I
had come up through the ranks starting out
on the Apollo heat shield re-entry program.
I feel fairly confident that I am somewhat qualified to evaluate the quality of your product,
as well as the content of your presentation.
Simply put, yours is the best I have
I am truly proud of some of my accomplishments and means of presentation.
This machine of yours
is top line and the subtleties and variations
you offer are astonishing.
Hard for an old dog to admit it, but I wish
I could have shared the helm with you before I retired.
I think we would have had great fun!
I really look forward to completing your design.
"Phil... Attached is
the carving just completed on DeskCNC
in the Carve Mode. I used a .125 ball
end mill at 30 IPM. X & Y step
over was set at .020. The depth was
set to .060. The carving took just
under 4 hours to complete.
The carve is that of an Open Wheel
Modified Race Car that competes at
Stafford Motor Speedway where I am a
Director, here in Connecticut. The
Photo was imported directly into
DeskCNC and then set to carve. Actual
size is 15" X 7.5". This carving is
part of a larger piece that will be
the driver of this car to commemorate
his 100th victory at our speedway.
The machine runs and performs
flawlessly. The fact that I can
produce this kind of a project and
still be able to complete other work
at my shop at the same time makes this
a cost effective addition to my custom
furniture and cabinet business.
Thanks for your continued support"
are pics of my machine. I had a great time
making it. If you look at the "Z" axis, I
have installed limit switches. I have also
fully detailed it in Solidworks."
several images. Feel free to take your pick.
I designed a
cabinet from birch plywood that supports the CNC
machine and contains the computer, controller
board, power supply and a built-in vacuum. The top of the
cabinet is melamine. Interior shelves are
adjustable. The cabinet is on rollers so I can
move it around my garage. Doors are located on the front and
the back. The computer, power supply and
controller are in the front. The vacuum is in
I constructed a
plexiglass housing for the power supply and
controller board. It has a cooling fan mounted
to one end that slides into a PVC Irrigation fitting
allowing air to enter from the outside of the
cabinet. I placed some filter foam inside the
irrigation fitting that blocks sawdust from entering the
unit. You can see the connection in the interior
cabinet shot and also the exterior shot that
also shows the three section switch that controls the
vaccum, spindle and controller.
works great and the machine is very reliable."
It is very nice
After almost a
week of finishing machine please find
fans on the stepper motors. This is more
than a good idea, it really makes a
difference in performance.
- Adding grills
"There is zero
slop everywhere. Nice tight system."
finished building the machine!"
"Here are some
pics with the screws installed. Its on a
temporary stand. I welded a L steel on the
bottom of the frame to keep it centered on the
stand and to provide a lip for the MDF board
to sit on. Had Mach 3 drill me a hole grid.
Routed stepper motor wires through frame.
Loose wires are for home switches which I
still did not order."
machine travel of 56" by 33"
building a machine like this, truly a
monumental achievement for me."
S. - CNC for
(Great job on the
build and the stand looks
great as well - Phil)
arrived safe and sound. ... wow! ...
it's a beautiful piece of work ... you should
be quite proud! ... I have it all
assembled and wired, and I'm ready to "fire it
Thanks again for a
great piece of hardware ... beautiful!"
update, I have got most of the mechanical
stuff done and now into wiring. I've got to
make a purpose built table yet to suit but it
will come soon.
attached a few photo's fyi."
included a picture of my last guitar
which was the first job I used the
CNC on. It worked just great! I
could not have done that name inlay
without it. My web is www.poehneltcreations.com
if you want to see the kind of
things I normally do.
for the help today. I did get the
screw installed and double checked
everything for square. It is
working flawlessly! I have even
moved beyond cutting just inlays
and am now starting to cut out
included pictures of the stand.
The stand actually has a 2x4
framework with plywood attached to
the frame. I also installed
adjustable feet to the table so it
can be leveled. I did put 1 drawer
on the side opposite the
controller opening but if I were
to redo it, I would have put in as
many as would have fit. Never
enough storage space. The plywood
top is dadoed for the T track and
then the T track is screwed
through the plywood into the 2x4
frame. I use the T track to clamp
the various tables to the stand
and use double stick tape to
attach the parts to the tables. It
works very well.
Here are a few pics of the
cabinet that I constructed. This
will cover the machine when I'm making
sawdust with other projects. All
of the electronics are stored beneath in
a fan cooled compartment. The
panels on top (which are a workbench
height) come off to access the machine.
Thanks for all you do,"
call this my first successful piece.
A very happy - Jeff"
Just wanted to let you know that
"I LOVE YOUR MACHINE!". After the few
frustrating days and the discovery of
some wonderful software (I will let you
know about it), I am up and running and
making parts that are AWESOME! My
business is going to go to the next
level with this and I want to thank you
for your patience and prompt service.
Scott is the
maker of Cake safes for transporting
cakes, to see his work check out his
web page at - CakeSafe.com
Thanks again for a great
machine, I am really enjoying
working with it.
Check out these
Grim reaper radio -
the Pilot Pro CNC to make high
Building a CNC
machine has been a lifelong
dream since purchasing one
outright was always way
beyond my means but working
with Phil at PDJ over the
past 14 months allowed me to
build it piece by piece so
it became a reality. The
system functions flawlessly
and has enabled many
projects that would
otherwise not be possible. I
build scale radio controlled
model aircraft and this tool
has allowed me to make
precision parts that
actually fit in half the
time. Plus, it is an
investment that pays for
itself time and time again.
I would do it again in a
Earl J. Aune
of large scale radio
national competition (U.
S. Scale Masters
Corsair night fighter with
radar that sweeps across
the CRT and a 8 foot wing
span Ryan PT-22 trainer
dash board built by the
Pilot Pro 2
of the Corsair dash board
with radar sweep, leather
engraving and a leather
pin cushion as a Christmas
present for our neighbor.
by the Pilot Pro 2
Phil, just wanted to
show you a circuit board
I made for my sons
I use to etch them but
doing it on the CNC
machine is much
PCB's with slotted holes and custom outline - Very impressive work!
"Just for you here is some pictures of some of the work i have done with my CNC machine. These first
three are very simple boxes i made to display and carry polished stones or rocks. one of my other hobbies.
More picture in my next email to follow right away."
From a hand drawn drawing to a work of art, young master Brian completed his high school wood shop project the Viking Box. After approximately 2 hours of drawing, 6 hours of digital conversion and design of each individual piece (36 pieces in all).
"Machine is up and moving. I have a few small things left but that's it. Opened the boxes
and it put itself together. I have attached a pic. I will send some better ones when I finish it."
Have been using the machine and love it. I have yet to set up the digital probe or a axis but
that will be soon. In the meantime here is some of the stuff I have done so far."
"Attached are pictures of our completed waterjet machine. I covered the ball screws and
slides with polycarbonate to keep the water spray away from them. We do not use an
abrasive. The machine is mainly set up for cutting foam rubber and soft plastics."
This is so SWEET!!!
Dad and i did a test the other night using Vetric Software which interfaces quite nice with your
system. We milled the Open sign in Styrofoam and it turned out real nice. It is great to see
your machine you sold us does this kind of work for thousands less than what other
advertised CNC machines would cost. We are learning more and more each day. Thanks for
getting us started."
"Sorry l did not get back sooner. I have been in Wyoming hunting. Here are some photos. Let me know
Outstanding job! Nice over head
arm for the vacuum hose. I bet it
swivels. Note: Move the vac
attachment so the vac
what u think. Slowly learning bobcad. Hope to make a pilot pro sign on front of cabinet." Phil
hose is in front of the router.
Ben – Carrollton, Texas - Great system, looking forward to many projects!
Bill – Great looking anodized system!
...These grooves are all of uniform depth. I have cut forms with tapered
grooves on practice stock and I am achieving accuracy of .001 +- .002. Awesome!
...One neat thing I learned about Mach 3, which I’m sure you knew, is that it interpolates
for me. That makes producing my tapers very easy!
I’m having a ball with your machine. I will send more pictures when I actually have a