Building Your Own Personal CNC Machine: A Three-Part YouTube Adventure

We all have our day jobs, right? Balancing your full-time time gig with your family, friends, and that CNC table you’re making from scratch… it can be tough.

Wait, what?!

If you’re a member of our community, you may know who Jeremy Fielding is from the Born to Design podcast we did with him exploring his story not too long ago. He’s a longtime SOLIDWORKS user and educational DIY advocate who runs his own YouTube channel – which he has built from the ground up to the tune of over 178,000 subscribers today. His channel focuses on making things, learning and engineering (largely, all things mechanical). You might even call him the ‘YouTube Engineer.’

So, why did I mention that CNC table project? I’m not working on one. I highly doubt that you are making one (no offense) on the side. But Jeremy?

Yeah. He’s actually doing it.

Follow Jeremy as he embarks on a three-part journey we’re sponsoring that will go through the full design and build of a CNC machine! The CNC will be capable of cutting things like 4 x 8-ft sheets of steel or plywood, with an interchangeable table and 4th axis lathe. The videos will cover the mechanical design, electrical design, and the full build with functional testing.

Part one, published Tuesday, August 20th, explores how SOLIDWORKS helped him bring his idea to life. Functionally, in his first video, you’ll see him go through a large portion of the table design – using SOLIDWORKS, with SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional for the ‘functional testing’ and ongoing usage part!

Be sure to check out Jeremy’s channel and ‘Subscribe’ to get real-time updates as the series progresses, with Jeremy publishing another part of the series each of the next two Tuesdays. You won’t want to miss it!

Sean O'Neill

Sean O'Neill

I'm a Community & User Advocacy Manager here at SOLIDWORKS. As a longtime SOLIDWORKS user myself, I love meeting with users and hearing about all the interesting things they're doing in the SOLIDWORKS community!