CNC Router Electronics are in!



We’ve received the electronics for the CNC Router!

We’re trying to get everything up and running before going ahead and purchasing the mechanical pieces.

Be sure to check out our forums to join in on the discussion!

Message from a Sponsor: Linking innovative technology with University System of MD resources presentation

The Patuxent Partnership (one of our sponsors) is holding a briefing that is open to the public. We wanted to share this opportunity with our viewers and membership. If you have a moment, be sure to look through what they have to offer!

The Patuxent Partnership
invites our Members and the regional community to a briefing on
Linking innovative technology with University System of MD resources:
Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute’s (Mtech) Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) & I-Corps
Mr. Joe Naft, Director, Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

 11:00am Check-in; 11:15am Program; 12:30pm Conclude

Wyle Building 1 North, Conference Room, Exploration Drive, Lexington Park, MD  

This is a no cost program. 

Seating is limited. Advance registration is required to guarantee your seat.  Doors open at 11:00am.
To Register, Click HERE 

One of Mtech’s missions is to:
 Maryland companies with university resources to help them succeed through the MIPS program.

Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS)- for more information click HERE

Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) promotes the development and commercialization of products and processes through industry/university research partnerships.  MIPS provides matching funds to help Maryland companies pay for the university research.  Projects are initiated by the companies to meet their own research and development goals.

Through MIPS, Maryland firms have the opportunity to leverage their research and development funds and gain access to the creative talents and extensive research base of the University System of Maryland.  MIPS matching funds are awarded on a competitive basis for projects based on proposals submitted jointly by Maryland companies and researchers from any of the 13 University System institutions.


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3D Printing Class tomorrow on Friday, January 24th at 6PM

Plate Stand

Last minute 3D Printer class is now scheduled for tomorrow night on January 24th, 2014 from 6PM – 8PM

Please signup on the PaxSpace calendar when it shows up, Should be soon. Or click the Menu Item “Events”  (Not Calendar or My Bookings)

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First PaxSpace Kids was a Success!

I am happy to say that our very first PaxSpace Kids event was a huge success!!  Not only was it well attended but the kids also seemed to have a good time.  I even think some of the parents enjoyed playing with our Snap Circuits.


Based on how well things went this past weekend I will definitely be continuing as planned for the 3rd Saturday of every month.  I am currently developing a workshop that will focus on some simple (and safe) science experiments that I think the kids will truly enjoy.  For those of you that were unable to attend this week I will be doing another Snap Circuits workshop at a later date.  You may also contact me directly at if you would like more information about bringing your child to the space.  I’d also love to hear your thoughts on possible future PaxSpace Kids topics!

Nick, VP

PaxSpace CNC Router is moving forward

To get this project started, We have decided to purchase the core set of electronics to begin the CNC Router project.

The goal is to build a 2’x4′ CNC Router at low cost with the capability for future upgrades.

After canvasing the internet, We have developed the following Bill of Material (BOM) for the electronics.  If you would like to proposed alternative parts, please reply in the Project : CNC Router: CNC Electronics Forums with your proposal that we may not have thought of yet.

Plan to purchase Friday 1/17/2014 unless someone has any objections. This project is being funded through donations made to the CNC Router project.

1) We have decided to go with an Arduino based controller, with GRBL Firmare: An open source, embedded, high performance g-code-parser and CNC milling controller written in optimized C that will run on a straight Arduino. WebLink:

2)#23-205-DS8 285oz-in bipolar rating, 205oz-in unipolar rating. 3v, 3A, 200 S/R, 2.2mH, Size #23, Dual Shaft (HobbyCNC, $46 x 3) :NEMA 23 Bipolar Motors for maximum torque with a good price per performance that matches our chosen drivers. WebLink:

3) SainSmart CNC Router Single 1 Axis 3.5A TB6560 Driver (SainSmart, $13.99 x 3):  High Current, Good Features, Good Quality that should last the life of our router. WebLink:

4) 24V 15A 360W DC Regulated Switching Power Supply (Amazon, $27.98) Cheap good power supply that can be adjusted up to approximately 29.5V: WebLink:

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Introducing PaxSpace Kids

Getting the younger generation excited about learning is very important to PaxSpace. We will be hosting a monthly 2-hour session for kids where we will be doing anything from Snap Circuits to Arduino development to mobile app development. The space will be open the 3rd Saturday of every month from 2-4pm for children between the ages of 6-10 (and their parents of course).

If you think you might attend we ask that you sign-up via our website so we can plan accordingly:

No kids? New classes and workshops are being added all the time so please take a look at our full calendar:

This is also a great time to come check out the space if you are interested in joining.