Hey guys, i know im not the only one here just finishing, or running my first cnc mill/router, so i figured id create a thread to post photos, information about general usage, hardware and banter. I am finishing my first machine, just learning how to use some software at the moment. it is a Microcarve MV3 chassis, with a chinese 800w spindle and huanyang VFD combo, k2cnc spindle mount, using a gecko G540 controller, and nema23 380oz steppers. using an old pc, mounted it all on the front of the case. built a new workbench for the shed to put the cnc in, and for general electronics stuff on the side. at the moment i am getting the hang of using mach3 to control the machine, and am starting to learn how to design my own parts in a demo of aspire. just bought the watercooling for the spindle, so im waiting for that to arrive, along with a whole bunch of bits off ebay (30, 60 deg, a few different size twin flutes, pcb drills and whatnot) here is my machine: her first run, no cooling set up for the spindle yet. was a cool night, and it didnt get very hot at all. i used microcarve V4 for this. i ran into a few issues, 1 holding down the acrylic, i was using duct tape, now using carpet tape. so much better. 2 V4 has a watermark, which is basically a diagonal cut through the centre. damn! 3) i didnt set the safe zheight high enough, and because of 1, it just rubbed the top. 4) set my acceleration too fast, so it didnt cut as nice as i had hoped, all the cuts are on angles. have changed this now. well, thats my cnc. ive used it for another job recently into particleboard, and wasnt particularly happy with the result. at the end of the day i would like to be able to produce lithoplanes, pcb's, and possibly machine aluminium parts with multiple passes. just need more bits and cooling!! post up what you've got, i know theres more here than just me!