My CNC Journey: From Rebuilding to Debugging and Beyond

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David Cannan
David Cannan

If you had told me a few months ago that I'd be knee-deep in code and obsessing over CNC machine upgrades, I might have laughed in disbelief. However, life has a way of taking you down unexpected paths. In this post, I'll share my remarkable journey of rebuilding a CNC machine, learning C++ programming, and diving into the world of debugging devices.

It all started when I found a great deal on a CNC machine. I had initially planned on building one from scratch, but this opportunity was too good to pass up. Little did I know that this purchase would lead to an entire tear down, paint job, clean up, and reassembly of the machine. The process was challenging, but I was determined to breathe new life into it.

As I dove deeper into the world of CNC machines, I quickly realized that I needed to learn C++ programming in order to program an Arduino PLC. With no coding experience, this seemed like a daunting task. However, as I immersed myself in the learning process, I found it to be a fascinating and rewarding experience.

This newfound passion for programming led me to explore the world of debugging devices. Over the course of a couple of months, I found myself intercepting bytes over the wire and debugging random devices through UART. The sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that came from solving complex problems was addictive.

Interestingly, I've spent more time upgrading and tinkering with my CNC machine than actually running it. Each new challenge I've faced has only fueled my desire to learn more and push my skills further. It's incredible to look back and see how much I've grown since I first decided to rebuild that CNC machine.

In conclusion, my journey has been nothing short of amazing. From the initial CNC machine rebuild to the world of C++ programming and debugging devices, I've discovered new passions and skills that I never knew I had. The world of CNC machines has opened up new doors for me, and I can't wait to see where it takes me next.

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