CNC3018 Pro

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Warning: This page is still a work in Progress, please contact Yichen Zhang (Spacezhang) on Slack if more Information is needed

Currently unable to finish the documentation due to lack of time caused by university stuff. Please contact me if you need a quick startup guide. Currently aiming for late august to complete the documentation
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Please contact Yichen for detailed explaination and tutorial
CNC 3018 Pro

Release status: experimental [box doku]

CNC 3018 Pro front.jpg
Description Milling/ Engraving Machine
Author(s)  Yichen Zhang (Spacezhang)
Last Version  v0.1 pre alpha test (25.04.2022)

General Introduction

A small but full-featured cnc running GRBL donated to the lab for use, brought to you and maintained by Yichen.

Side View

What is the CNC 3018 Pro?

The CNC 3018 Pro is a generic engraving machine. This machine can be used to cut anything from wax to wood and is very good for getting started and learn how to use a CNC machine and how It works.

Acceptable work piece materials

Engrave/ Cut

  • MDF / HDF
  • Softwood, Hardwood, Plywood
  • Acrylic
  • PCB
  • Very soft Aluminium (no harder than brass or aluminum 6061) (Detail untested)

+ Height Map support

Current Machine Location

CNC3018Pro Location1.jpg
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The CNC 3018 Pro is currently on the right side shelf in the machine workshop.

Getting started

Basic operation

  • Change Router bits
  • Change Spindle
  • Z Height map

Please Inspect the machine in regards of integrity before Use! Please check:
- Is all cable connected correctly and in tact?
- Is the linear rods and drive screw damage free?

[Detail and Tutorial comming soon]

Software Setup & Introduction

Set up the machine -> connect to laptop -> move to origin -> load sample gcode -> start milling

Wood Engraving / Milling
PCB Engraving
Acrylic Engraving / Milling
Test Gcode

[Detail comming soon]


[Detail comming soon]

Material settings

Machine Inventory

Technichal Documentations


Mechanical Specifications
  • Type: Milling / Engraving machine
  • Machine dimensions: 330 x 400 x 240 mm (13.0″ x 15.7″ x 9.4″)
  • Working area: 300 x 180 x 45 mm (11.8″ x 7.1″ x 1.8″)
  • Frame: Extruded Aluminum
  • Linear system: Lead screw driven with rods and linear bearings
  • Materials: Woods, Plastics, PVCs, soft aluminum (6061), Nylon, Acrylic, PCBs
  • Motion: NEMA 17 Stepper motors
  • Motor: 775 motor, 24 V , ~8,000 RPM
  • Rated current: 1.2A @ 24V.
  • Cooling Fan: Internal
  • Overall Size: 98x42mm, Full Round Type Ø5mm shaft.
  • Collets: ER 11
Routing Bits
  • Currently only 3.175 mm (1/8 Inch) Bits Available
  • V Bits 20 / 40 / 60 degree
  • Multifunctional cutting bits 0.8 – 3.175 mm
  • Single flute upward cutting bits 3.175mm, 2mm
  • 3.175mm Ball end double flute bits
Controll Board
Control board of cnc running GRBL
  • Woodpecker V3.4 Mainboard
  • Running GRBL 1.1f
  • Interface Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, Linux

[Detail comming soon]

Ongoing upgrades

  • Vaccume chip suction adapter
  • Emergency Stop around front panel
  • New Waste Board
  • Different diamenter ER11 Collets holder

Possible Improvements

  • Install End Stops
  • Drag Knife cutter for vinyl Logo Cutting
  • Better Z – Probe
  • Laser Module for laser cutting / Engraving
  • Chip suction device
  • Second better waste Board
  • Spindle Upgrade for better cutting

[Detail comming soon]

Sample cuts and demonstration projects

Replacement part list

Current GRBL Settings

GRBL 1.1f

Feedback and suggestions

If you have any feedback, request or suggestions in regard to this project and wiki page, please feel free to contach me or simply edit this section of wiki.