CAD/CAM Software

Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing or Machining – You create the design in CAD and then use CAM software to tell the CNC how to cut the part.

Autodesk Fusion 360 – CAD/CAM software – FREE for hobby users, Affordable for professionals

OnShape 3d design software – A basic account is FREE

MeshCAM software http://www.grzsoftware.com (Try before you buy with the 30 day free trial)

CNC control and CAM software (Mach3 and LazyCam) http://www.machsupport.com (great software and affordable, limited FREE version available)

CAD/CAM software from http://www.vectric.com (Great designs and user interface, very intuitive, FREE demo)

NCPlot (Allows you to “see” the G-code results before you cut anything – version 1.2 is free! Version 2.3 is awesome) http://www.ncplot.com

Tooling and Tool Holding

Bits for cutting plastic from ONSRUD http://www.plasticrouting.com/

Miniature Endmills and micro tooling from http://www.monstertool.com

Collets and collet nuts from http://www.precisebits.com

Controllers and Electronics

PoKeys USB I/O board http://www.poscope.com and http://www.cnc4pc.com

Geckodrive http://www.geckodrive.com/

Buttons, enclosures, power supplies, steppers etc from http://www.automationdirect.com (great source, fast shipping)

Industrial enclosures http://www.factorymation.com/

Indicators, switches etc http://www.bannerengineering.com/

Motors

ClearPath Brushless DC Servos from Teknic http://www.teknic.com/clearpath as used on my KR33 CNC machines

Lexium mDrive Hybrid stepper motors from Schneider Electric http://motion.schneider-electric.com/lmd/ as used on my larger CNC

Raw Materials, Fasteners, Mechanical, Lights, etc

Fasteners, tools, raw materials etc from http://www.mscdirect.com (good selection)

Fasteners, tools, raw materials, linear bearings, extrusion etc from http://www.mcmaster.com (sells just about anything you could need, fast shipping)

Clamps, hand wheels, knobs from http://www.carrlane.com

Clamps, fixture and machine components from http://www.jwwinco.com

Way covers and bellows from http://www.gortite.com

Thumbscrews and knobs from http://www.shear-loc.com

All kinds of mechanical parts and motors from http://www.allelectronics.com

LED lights from http://www.superbrightleds.com

Panel wiring raceway, wire terminals etc http://www.panduit.com

Pneumatics

Great prices and selection from http://www.automationdirect.com

Huge selection at http://www.bimba.com

Dust Control

Dust Deputy cyclonic vacuum attachment (pre filter) http://www.dustdeputy.com – This thing is awesome!

MEMFLEX Brush strips for vacuum hoods http://www.flex-guard.com/

Loc-Line flexable air and coolant hoses and fittings http://www.loc-line.com

Parts Specifically Related to Home CNC

Nice DIY CNC selection including Rack and Pinion drive components http://www.cncrouterparts.com

A great site for several major mini mill (X2, X3, G0704 etc) and mini lathe conversion kits http://www.cncfusion.com/

Complete Machines (for deep pockets or inspiration)

Miniature CNC lathes and milling machines from http://www.sherline.com

Shopbot CNC machines http://www.shopbottools.com/

Tormach CNC machines http://www.tormach.com/

4, 5 and 6 axis solutions, plans, trunions, 5 axis machine from http://www.doughtydrive.com

Fabrication and Prototype Services (Can be pricey)

Custom machined control panels and enclosures http://www.frontpanelexpress.com

Plastic rapid prototyping and short runs http://www.protomold.com

CNC rapid prototyping and short runs http://www.firstcut.com

Literature

Modern Machine Shop magazine http://www.mmsonline.com (not responsible for any CNC lust that may occur from reading this publication)

Safety

Light curtains, safety bumpers, safety edges etc http://www.tapeswitch.com

Other CNC related Sites

Large CNC user community http://www.cnczone.com

Great information from http://www.cnccookbook.com