Lost the motherboard on my CNC machine

I was performing a long running job cutting out a topographical map of the St. Pete area of Florida (for my son). Partway through the process, I saw a small puff of smoke and a heat sink popped off the back of my CNC 3018 Pro CNC machine. Anytime you let the smoke out of an electrical component — it’s not a good day.

If you were not aware, smoke is the thing that makes electronic and electrical circuits work. Don’t be fooled by scientists and engineers talking about electromagnetic force and electrical potential… All components perform there function based on their ability to store and manipulate smoke.

Just kidding…

I turned the CNC machine off and replaced the heat sink. When I turned the CNC back on, the heat sink popped off again – immediately. I figured at that point the motherboard was shot, so I looked for a replacement motherboard and found one on Amazon. I can investigate fixing the old one later but with surface mount components, it is probably not worth it.

New motherboard

The new component has a built in fan and seemed to have solid reviews, so I bought one. It came in a few days and only took a few moments to install.

Motherboard mounted

My CNC machine is happily cutting away again. I didn’t have to make any changes to my software…

Fusion 360 for woodworkers – session 9 (drawings)

This 9th session focuses on creating 2D drawings from 3D models.

Sometimes you need a 2D drawing to document your design. This session covers the highlights of how to get this done.

The PDF for session 9 can be found here.

Screencast for the session

If you have gone through all 9 sessions, you should have at least a foundation for using Fusion 360 for woodworking. As I mentioned at the start, there is so much more capability than can be covered in any session and many resources available on-line.


  1. An overview of the user interface
  2. Creating a sketch with a line and a shape, as well as an introduction to parameters and constraints
  3. Bodies and components
  4. Fusion tips and copying design elements
  5. Creating a lap joint and using parametric design
  6. Parametric driven table base design
  7. Mortis and Tenon, putting top on the table
  8. Dovetails and using Revolve to create a pawn
  9. Generating drawings

Good luck

Fusion 360 for woodworkers – session 7

This 7th session builds on the previous sessions and focuses on:

  • Review the table base made for session 6 homework
  • Create a tenon
  • Create a filet
  • Create a mortis
  • Adding a mortis and tenon to the table base
  • Adding the table top

The PDF for session 7 can be found here.

Screencast for making a mortis and tenon.

This will be the last session post for a week since I’ve now caught up with the synchronized sessions in our shop.