My brand new stepper motor won’t turn by hand!

Customer received some new stepper motors and found it very difficult to spin the shaft by hand. Naturally, the thought was the motors were ‘bad’. Normally, you can easily turn a stepper motor shaft by hand, and you can feel each of the 200...

Blown Chip #2

This is a very unusual chip to blow like this. Just like with the blown driver chip, damage like this indicates a LOT of power. But this chip is nowhere near any high voltages. The Diagnosis Assembly error? Nope. This was an assembled PRO board, so it was fully tested...

Experience is a tough teacher

When my children were growing up I used to tell them that “Experience is a difficult teacher; she gives the test first and the lesson afterwards“. I have found frequently throughout my career that I tend to learn the most when I fail. Mistakes are annoying...

1000th DIY CNC Plan Downloaded!

I’m¬†delighted to share that we just had the 1,000th download of our DIY CNC plans! I have such fun with my home-built machine that I wrote-up the plans, documented all the dimensions and assembled it into 72 pages of instructions. It is a pleasure and an honor...

PC Board with Solder Mask

One of the things I like to use my DIY CNC router for is to make PC boards using the isolation routing technique. My latest prototype is Isolation routed PCB with solder mask for an opto isolator board to be used with the HobbyCNC Pro when the user experiences...

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