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3D Printing and CNC Machining Complement Each Other in the Ooznest OX

by • July 21, 2016 • No Comments

ooznestbannerWhilst CNC machining and 3D printing may seem to be the opposite of every other – one removes material, the other adds material – the two technologies complement every other well, as the expanding number of CNC mill/3D printing device hybrid machines demonstrates. In fact, one can actually say that the two technologies manufacture every other. Literally. That’s pretty the case with the OX, a new open source CNC router of UK company Ooznest.

Ooznest was founded in 2013 by Cambridge University engineering student Ryan Lock. The company, that has grown significantly since Lock’s graduation, began as an open source 3D printing device business, but has expanded into other areas of manufacturer innovation, which include CNC milling. The OX was based on a CNC machine created by Mark Carew of Ooznest’s US partner OpenBuilds, and comes with several new modifications – which include multiple 3D printed parts.

Ooznest-OX“On the kit we 3D print the PSU cover, controller mount, controller fan mount, and all the mounts for the drag chain process,” Lock told 3DPrint.com. “We manufacture all the parts of PLA on our Prusa i3’s, that we in addition have a kit for. We chose to print the parts for the reason it is minimal investment upfront for us, and as we get feedback of customers we can rapidly change the parts if needed.”

Ooznest describes the OX as an great starter kit for newbies to CNC machining, although it’s in addition well-suited to pro users. Featuring a V-Slot extrusion process and 30 Xtreme Solid V Wheels, the machine offers smooth, accurate linear motion and durable performance. All three axes are driven by NEMA23 stepper motors, with GT3 belt motion on the X and Y axes and an ACME lead screw driven process on the Z axis.

The OX, that is capable of working with wood, plastic and aluminum materials, is now on the market online, sold in kit form in six various sizes ranging of 500 x 750 mm (£969) to 1500 x 1500 mm (£1202.50). As an open source machine, it can in addition be purchased as a basic mechanical kit for £570, for users who want to create and customize their own machine with the electronics and motors of their choice. Multiple add-on kits are in addition on the market.

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Several components of the Ooznest OX were 3D printed.

Ooznest began with a focus on RepRap 3D printing devices, particularly Prusa i3. The open source movement has always been a massive part of the 3D printing culture – and manufacturer culture in general – and it can be given a lot of credit for the rapid innovation in 3D printing innovation. Some of the most ideas come of the manufacturer community, and CNC enthusiasts are no different. Whilst the Ooznest OX creates on Carew’s create, his machine was based on the OpenBuilds Routy, that in turn was based on the Shapeoko CNC router.

Lock commented to us of how 3D printing and CNC machining innovation are “maturing side by side,” and it’s quite true – partly due to communities like RepRap and OpenBuilds. Whilst CNC routing and 3D printing may differ, their fans have a lot in common, which include a lot of creativity and desire to innovate and advance. It is no surprise that the two technologies seem to be bleeding into every other additional and additional.

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