When I first started building a CNC, I had to make an enclosure for the electronics by hand–at the time, the CNC wasn’t operational, and I had nothing else. Then, I made an enclosure with the CNC itself, which was ok. Recently, I have been switching my machines to a Planet-CNC USB Controller, instead of the opensource controllers that I have used in the past, with which I have never been happy.
The GF made prototyping new enclosures so much easier, quicker and fun. Inspired by the pictures of the yet-to-be-released Apex Controller from OpenBuilds, I decided to make a new enclosure that I could copy for each of my CNC machines.
Made with some spare V-Slot aluminum extrusion, Proofgrade Thick Clear Acrylic (for the bottom) and Proofgrade Medium Green Acrylic, I now have a nicer enclosure that looks way too nice for my incredibly messy garage workshop. Now, I just have to mount two more stepper drivers and finish wiring it up.
Yes, I named one of my CNCs ‘Elexa.’ No, it has nothing to do with Amazon’s Alexa.