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Repairable machines is a timelab project, located in Ghent, Belgium



Repairable machines is a project at timelab, Ghent, to develop our own computer-controlled manufacturing machines.

Our first brainchild is the miniCNC. It is a desktop-size, open-source milling machine in kitform, built from lasercut parts. On this website you will find the published plans for the machine and documentation on how to put it together. You can either source your own parts & components or order a kit from us.


MARCH 27th 2013 -TIMELAB - GHENT - On Wednesday March 27th we will be presenting our big black machine. It is a 800x1000mm 3-axial milling machine intended for milling wood panels in the Ghent fablab. See http://www.timelab.org/nl/presentatie-zelfgebouwde-freesmachine

Everybody is welcome for a quiet drink and some loud milling, from 19h at timelab.


MARCH 25th 2013 - Way too long since we came back to our milling machines. Both me and Kurt have been busy running our respective labs and haven't been able to put as much time in our machines as we would want.

MARCH 20th 2013 - SHOP UPDATE - For now we are not distributing any kits of the miniCNC. The machine electronics are based around the old Makerbot Cupcake boards, which are no longer available. We are reworking the electronics to run off a set of Reprap electronics and a modified version of Pronterface.

JANUARI 30th 2012 - Lieven will be giving a workshop/presentation of the miniCNC at the Antwerp Hackerspace.on Friday the 10th of Februari, 8PM.
See http://voidwarranties.be/index.php/Mini-cnc_workshopfor details.

SEPTEMBER 27th 2011- Adam W.-Swicizinsky und Ewald Neuhofer from AWS design team are taking the machine to the Vienna design week to engrave furniture, from September 30th to October 3rd, themed "Copyright - Design zwischen Inspiration und Kopie"
You can follow them on their project blog: http://awsdesignteam.wordpress.com

Copyright, Copyleft - aws designteam - Fr 30.09.2011 – Mo 3.10.2011 - stilwerk
viennadesignweek.com - Labor


SEPTEMBER 26th 2011 - Kimmo's copy of the machine is on display at the Tampere Architecture week http://www.arkkitehtuuriviikko.fiuntil the 2nd of October, in an exhibition on new materials and fabrication techniques.

SEPTEMBER 25th 2011 - We published version 1.08 of our machine. See Downloadsor Thingiverse for the DXF-file,

Version 1.08 features:
-a more rigid Z-axis
-version numbering engraved on all the parts
-a dual-nut/anti-backlash system on the Y-axis, greatly improving accuracy (better than 0,2mm)

SEPTEMBER 2nd 2011 - Updated the gallery with a 3D-milling example, after doing some experiments with deskproto (www.deskproto.com)

AUGUST 31st 2011 - We took the little CNC to the hoWest Prototyping summercamp.



Lieven's lecture at the Open Knowledge Conference was recorded.
You can watch it at http://www.vimeo.com/26261327


JUNE 29th 2011- OKCON

Lieven will be participating in the Open Hardware panel at the Open Knowledge Conference in Berlin, June 30th & Juli 1st. On Juli 1st he's giving a talk on our experiences with Repairablemachines.
If you'ld like to meet up, drop him a line at lieven - dot - standaert - at- timelab - dot - org



JUNE 10th 2011 - VERSION 1.03:

The design has been published on thingiverse: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:9182
The published plans have been updated to version 1.03 and now include plan views of the machine.

-the bottom part of the Z-block had been redesigned so the Dremel can be fixed in place with the threads on the Dremel's nose,
instead of being only fixed in place by the clamp.

We've also recently simplified the CAD.PY python script, the last version is dated 2011-05-17, see our downloads page.



Lieven is presenting the miniCNC at Malaupixel in Paris:
http://rybn.dyndns.org/malaupixel/2011/index.php/fr/rencontres/14-artisans-numeriques together with the cool guys from Maglab & Usinette from Paris




MAY 28th 2011 - VERSION 1.02:

-added a strap to fix the power supply in place
-extended the belt tensioners in block B to run through both front and back panel of this block, reinforcing the block.
-removed superfluous holes from block A
-tighened the dimensions of the clamp on block Z
-extended the bottom panels of block E up to the front end of the block.


MAY 5th 2011 - SOFTWARE:

We added documentation on the software we use. See our documentation page


On April 15th we will be presenting/demonstrating the miniCNC at timelab. You're welcome from 20h00 - click here for the poster and details.



We've published our miniCNC Series1.
You can find more information on the miniCNC and all documentation at http://www.repairablemachines.com




You can find images of our presentation at Pixelache, Helsinki on Flickr.



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The miniCNC in action



The miniCNC is being developed at

The miniCNC was presented at www.pixelache.ac