CNC 3018 Pro Router

CNC 3018 Pro router photo

I’ve got a few DIY projects, particularly some filmmaking gear. So I bought this cheap 3018 CNC Pro Router off eBay for AUD $233.22. This is sold under a number of different names but the model number is always mentioned.

I did some research before I bought it. Don’t let the Pro in the title fool you. This is definitely only a hobby level, beginners, tabletop CNC router.

I also considered buying a 3D printer, when I realised that my friend BigOz Productions has had one for over a year and I’ve printed nothing in that time.

I also know a few maker-spaces where I could get something printed if I needed it. Again, nothing grabbed me enough to rush out and make. Of course the thought of being able to make something whenever I want is more attractive than the actual projects I’ve considered 3D-printing.

So a CNC 3018 Pro engraver/router? That’s different. I have an immediate list of four projects to start with. Unfortunately two of those require aluminium parts and this machine is definitely not suited to milling aluminium out-of-the-box. I’ll need to spend about the same money as I paid for it on modifications before it can reliably cut aluminium. That said a bigger, more expensive CNC router to cut aluminium would probably set me back about $1,000 and I’m not willing to go there… yet.

Plus the learning curve of CNC milling/routing/fabrication means it would be cheaper to get that all fabricated by someone else. But what else would I do with my down time during all this social isolation? Write a screenplay? Yeah, sure!

The production space on this little desktop CNC router is 300mm x 180mm x 45mm so it’s not great for large projects. I’ll send anything bigger out to a fabricator.

Seriously though, as a producer, my initial reaction most things is “Why not?” and “How can this work?”. That’s the case even for film projects I pass on. Saying no is a skill.

Enough philosophy!

I didn’t get the laser cutter which is the default with this model. I don’t intend to do much engraving which is what the laser seems best at. Plus the wooden parts I intend to make will be too charred if I laser cut them with the default laser. I could upgrade the laser for a beefier model, but if I do that I may as well get a very beefy laser, more powerful than the 5500W version most people get for it. I also don’t want to deal with the eye safety issues yet.

The router will be used to make some models for a horror feature I’m developing. Static models will be cut out of foam, then the later articulated versions will be wood. This project is what drove the decision to buy the CNC3018 router.

Next I’ve been wanting to make some jigsaw puzzles out of clear acrylic. If I can get a good edge and sufficient reproducibility, I’ve got a couple of wickedly difficult puzzles in mind.

Lastly I am a nerd and the idea of paying crazy prices for camera cages and mounting gear irritates me. Now if you’re mounting an expensive camera with an even more expensive lens make sure it’s something engineered for the job. Seriously pay the money to the professionals for the professional gear. But for experiments, and crazy ideas? Well that’s how most of the amazing innovations and inventions in grips and lighting and even camera came about.

I’ll use it scratch my own itch. I’ll add photos once it’s fully set up and I’ve run a project or two.

Modifications planned:

  • 400W replacement spindle (arrived).
  • End-stop switches (ordered)
  • Spoilboard build
  • Z-axis extension to 85mm
  • Supported rails on the gantry to stop X-axis and Z-axis flex.

April 2020 Sydney Sunrise & Sunset Times for Call Sheets

Call sheets often list First Light/Dawn, Sunrise, Sunset and Dusk/Last Light times. First/Last Light is normally Civil Twilight.

Best practice is to calculate them for your shooting location. I’ve provided Sydney for April 2020 below.

SYDNEY Lat=-33°52’00” Long=+151°12’00”
TIMES OF SUNRISE AND SUNSET (for ideal horizon & meteorological conditions)

AT Astronomic Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 18° below the horizon. Light pollution prevents astronomy.
NT Nautical Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 12° below the horizon. Horizon can normally be distinguished.
CT Civil Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 6° below the horizon. Normally enough light to see without artificial light.
Transit Time when Sun is highest in the sky.

AT riseNT riseCT riseSunriseTransitSunsetCT setNT setAT set
2020-04-01054506140643070812591851191519442013
2020-04-02054606150643070812591849191419432012
2020-04-03054606150644070912581848191319422011
2020-04-04054706160645071012581847191219402009
2020-04-05044805170546061111581745181018391908
2020-04-06044805170546061111581744180918381907
2020-04-07044905180547061211571743180818371906
2020-04-08045005190548061311571741180618351904
2020-04-09045105200548061411571740180518341903
2020-04-10045105200549061411571739180418331902
2020-04-11045205210550061511561737180318321901
2020-04-12045305220551061611561736180118301859
2020-04-13045305220551061711561735180018291858
2020-04-14045405230552061711561734175918281857
2020-04-15045505240553061811551732175818271856
2020-04-16045505240553061911551731175718261855
2020-04-17045605250554062011551730175518241853
2020-04-18045705260555062011551729175418231852
2020-04-19045805260556062111541728175318221851
2020-04-20045805270556062211541727175218211850
2020-04-21045905280557062311541725175118201849
2020-04-22050005290558062311541724175018191848
2020-04-23050005290558062411541723174918181847
2020-04-24050105300559062511531722174818171846
2020-04-25050105310600062611531721174618161845
2020-04-26050205310601062611531720174518151844
2020-04-27050305320601062711531719174418141843
2020-04-28050305330602062811531718174318131842
2020-04-29050405330603062911531717174218121841
2020-04-30050505340603062911521716174118111840

Computed using National Mapping Division’s sunrisenset program, version 2.2
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence. This data is provided without warranty of any kind including the implied warranty of merchantability. If you absolutely need accurate and reliable data you should be paying for someone to do this for you.

AT Astronomic Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 18° below the horizon. Light pollution prevents astronomy.
NT Nautical Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 12° below the horizon. Horizon can normally be distinguished.
CT Civil Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 6° below the horizon. Normally enough light to see without artificial light.
Transit Time when Sun is highest in the sky.

Planning ahead? Here is 2020:

Daylight Savings Time bug in Sunrise & Sunset times

I found a bug in the Sunrise & Sunset times lists for some people in Australia. It failed to show the time in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) depending on your browser settings and instead showed it in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). Fixed now.

I’m still working on a way to just get the Sunrise and Sunset times automatically, either via a calendar or just a web service.

March 2020 Sydney Sunrise & Sunset Times for Call Sheets

Call sheets often list First Light/Dawn, Sunrise, Sunset and Dusk/Last Light times.

Best practice is to calculate them for your shooting location. I’ve provided Sydney for March 2020 below.

SYDNEY Lat=-33°52’00” Long=+151°12’00”
TIMES OF SUNRISE AND SUNSET (for ideal horizon & meteorological conditions)

AT Astronomic Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 18° below the horizon. Light pollution prevents astronomy.
NT Nautical Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 12° below the horizon. Horizon can normally be distinguished.
CT Civil Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 6° below the horizon. Normally enough light to see without artificial light.
Transit Time when Sun is highest in the sky.

AT riseNT riseCT riseSunriseTransitSunsetCT setNT setAT set
2020-03-01051705480618064313081932195720272058
2020-03-02051805490619064413071930195620262056
2020-03-03051905500620064513071929195520242055
2020-03-04052005510621064613071928195320232054
2020-03-05052105520621064713071927195220222052
2020-03-06052205530622064713061925195120202051
2020-03-07052305540623064813061924194920192049
2020-03-08052405540624064913061923194820172048
2020-03-09052505550625065013061921194720162046
2020-03-10052605560626065113051920194520152045
2020-03-11052705570626065213051919194420132043
2020-03-12052805580627065213051918194320122042
2020-03-13052905590628065313051916194120112040
2020-03-14053006000629065413041915194020092039
2020-03-15053106000630065513041914193820082037
2020-03-16053206010631065513041912193720062036
2020-03-17053306020631065613041911193620052034
2020-03-18053306030632065713031909193420042033
2020-03-19053406040633065813031908193320022032
2020-03-20053506050634065913031907193220012030
2020-03-21053606050634065913021905193019592029
2020-03-22053706060635070013021904192919582027
2020-03-23053806070636070113021903192819572026
2020-03-24053906080637070213011901192619552024
2020-03-25053906090637070213011900192519542023
2020-03-26054006090638070313011859192419522022
2020-03-27054106100639070413011857192219512020
2020-03-28054206110640070513001856192119502019
2020-03-29054206120640070513001855191919482017
2020-03-30054306120641070613001853191819472016
2020-03-31054406130642070712591852191719462015

Computed using National Mapping Division’s sunrisunset program, version 2.2
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence.

February 2020 Sydney Sunrise & Sunset Times for Call Sheets

Call sheets often list First Light/Dawn, Sunrise, Sunset and Dusk/Last Light times.

Best practice is to calculate them for your shooting location. I’ve provided Sydney for February 2020 below.

SYDNEY Lat=-33°52’00” Long=+151°12’00”
TIMES OF SUNRISE AND SUNSET (for ideal horizon & meteorological conditions)

AT Astronomic Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 18° below the horizon. Light pollution prevents astronomy.
NT Nautical Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 12° below the horizon. Horizon can normally be distinguished.
CT Civil Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 6° below the horizon. Normally enough light to see without artificial light.
Transit Time when Sun is highest in the sky.

AT riseNT riseCT riseSunriseTransitSunsetCT setNT setAT set
2020-02-01044205160549061613092001202821012136
2020-02-02044305170550061713092000202821002135
2020-02-03044405190551061813092000202720592134
2020-02-04044605200552061913091959202620582132
2020-02-05044705210553062013091958202520572131
2020-02-06044805220554062113091957202420562130
2020-02-07045005230555062213091956202320552129
2020-02-08045105240556062313091956202220542128
2020-02-09045205260557062413091955202120532127
2020-02-10045305270558062513091954202020522125
2020-02-11045505280600062613091953201920512124
2020-02-12045605290601062713091952201820502123
2020-02-13045705300602062813091951201720492121
2020-02-14045905310603062913091950201620472120
2020-02-15050005320604063013091949201520462119
2020-02-16050105330605063113091948201420452118
2020-02-17050205350606063213091947201320442116
2020-02-18050305360607063313091946201220432115
2020-02-19050505370608063413091945201120412113
2020-02-20050605380609063413091944200920402112
2020-02-21050705390610063513091942200820392111
2020-02-22050805400610063613091941200720382109
2020-02-23050905410611063713091940200620362108
2020-02-24051105420612063813091939200520352106
2020-02-25051205430613063913081938200320342105
2020-02-26051305440614064013081937200220322104
2020-02-27051405450615064113081935200120312102
2020-02-28051505460616064213081934200020302101
2020-02-29051605470617064213081933195820282059

Computed using National Mapping Division’s sunrisunset program, version 2.2
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence.

January 2020 Sydney Sunrise & Sunset Times for Call Sheets

Call sheets often list First Light/Dawn, Sunrise, Sunset and Dusk/Last Light times. First/Last Light is normally Civil Twilight.

Best practice is to calculate them for your shooting location. I’ve provided Sydney for January 2020 below.

SYDNEY Lat=-33°52’00” Long=+151°12’00”
TIMES OF SUNRISE AND SUNSET (for ideal horizon & meteorological conditions)

AT Astronomic Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 18° below the horizon. Light pollution prevents astronomy.
NT Nautical Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 12° below the horizon. Horizon can normally be distinguished.
CT Civil Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 6° below the horizon. Normally enough light to see without artificial light.
Transit Time when Sun is highest in the sky.

AT riseNT riseCT riseSunriseTransitSunsetCT setNT setAT set
2020-01-01040404430518054712582009203821142153
2020-01-02040504440519054812592009203821142153
2020-01-03040604440520054912592010203921142153
2020-01-04040704450521055013002010203921142153
2020-01-05040804460522055113002010203921142153
2020-01-06040904470523055113012010203921142153
2020-01-07041004480523055213012010203921142152
2020-01-08041104490524055313022010203921142152
2020-01-09041204500525055413022010203921142152
2020-01-10041304510526055513022010203921142152
2020-01-11041404520527055613032010203821132151
2020-01-12041504530528055713032010203821132151
2020-01-13041704540529055713042010203821132151
2020-01-14041804550530055813042009203821132150
2020-01-15041904560531055913042009203821122150
2020-01-16042004580532060013052009203721122149
2020-01-17042204590533060113052009203721112148
2020-01-18042305000534060213052008203721112148
2020-01-19042405010535060313062008203621102147
2020-01-20042505020536060413062008203621102146
2020-01-21042705030537060513062007203521092146
2020-01-22042805040538060613072007203521092145
2020-01-23042905060539060713072006203421082144
2020-01-24043105070540060813072006203421072143
2020-01-25043205080541060913072005203321072142
2020-01-26043305090543061013082005203321062142
2020-01-27043505100544061113082004203221052141
2020-01-28043605110545061213082004203121042140
2020-01-29043805130546061313082003203121042139
2020-01-30043905140547061413082003203021032138
2020-01-31044005150548061513082002202921022137

Computed using National Mapping Division’s sunrisenset program, version 2.2
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence.

December 2019 Sydney Sunrise & Sunset Times for Call Sheets

Call sheets often list First Light/Dawn, Sunrise, Sunset and Dusk/Last Light times.

Best practice is to calculate them for your shooting location. I’ve provided Sydney for December 2019 below.

SYDNEY Lat=-33°52’00” Long=+151°12’00”
TIMES OF SUNRISE AND SUNSET (for ideal horizon & meteorological conditions)

AT Astronomic Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 18° below the horizon. Light pollution prevents astronomy.
NT Nautical Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 12° below the horizon. Horizon can normally be distinguished.
CT Civil Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 6° below the horizon. Normally enough light to see without artificial light.
Transit Time when Sun is highest in the sky.

AT riseNT riseCT riseSunriseTransitSunsetCT setNT setAT set
2019-12-01035604340509053712441951201920542132
2019-12-02035604340509053712441951202020552133
2019-12-03035604340509053712451952202120562134
2019-12-04035504330508053712451953202220572135
2019-12-05035504330508053712461954202320582136
2019-12-06035504330508053712461955202420592137
2019-12-07035404330508053712461956202521002138
2019-12-08035404330508053712471956202521012139
2019-12-09035404330508053712471957202621022140
2019-12-10035404330508053712481958202721032141
2019-12-11035404330509053812481959202821032142
2019-12-12035404330509053812492000202921042143
2019-12-13035404330509053812492000202921052144
2019-12-14035404330509053812502001203021062145
2019-12-15035404340509053812502002203121062146
2019-12-16035504340510053912512002203121072146
2019-12-17035504340510053912512003203221082147
2019-12-18035504340510053912512004203321082148
2019-12-19035604350511054012522004203321092148
2019-12-20035604350511054012522005203421102149
2019-12-21035604360512054112532005203421102150
2019-12-22035704360512054112532006203521112150
2019-12-23035704370513054212542006203521112151
2019-12-24035804370513054212542007203621122151
2019-12-25035904380514054312552007203621122151
2019-12-26035904380514054312552007203721122152
2019-12-27040004390515054412562008203721132152
2019-12-28040104400516054512562008203721132152
2019-12-29040104400516054512572009203821132153
2019-12-30040204410517054612572009203821142153
2019-12-31040304420518054712582009203821142153

Computed using National Mapping Division’s sunrisenset program, version 2.2
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence.

Here is 2019:

Update: While I work out how to make this easily available, here’s a CSV file of Sydney Dawn, Sunrise, Transit, Sunset & Dusk time data for 2019. That’s all of 2019 and a bonus for January 2020.

Melbourne Cup in not a National Holiday

Nup to the Cup horseracingkills.com

Just a reminder that the Melbourne Cup is not a National Holiday in Australia. It is a Holiday for Melbourne (and some parts of Victoria I believe). Other Victorian regions get their own “cup day” holiday.

However much of Australia has a long lunch, or even a party to watch the race. So there goes an afternoon of work in most places.

NSW-based filming is normally not affected by the Melbourne Cup.

Personally I’m Nup to the Cup guy. I don’t attend counter-programming as I think a boycott needs to not recognise the actual bloody event. I also don’t begrudge someone else’s decision to enjoy the event.

November 2019 Sydney Sunrise & Sunset Times for Call Sheets

Call sheets often list First Light/Dawn, Sunrise, Sunset and Dusk/Last Light times.

Best practice is to calculate them for your shooting location. I’ve provided Sydney for November 2019 below.

SYDNEY Lat=-33°52’00” Long=+151°12’00”
TIMES OF SUNRISE AND SUNSET (for ideal horizon & meteorological conditions)

AT Astronomic Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 18° below the horizon. Light pollution prevents astronomy.
NT Nautical Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 12° below the horizon. Horizon can normally be distinguished.
CT Civil Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 6° below the horizon. Normally enough light to see without artificial light.
Transit Time when Sun is highest in the sky.

AT riseNT riseCT riseSunriseTransitSunsetCT setNT setAT set
2019-11-01042404570529055512391922194920212054
2019-11-02042304560528055412391923195020222055
2019-11-03042104550527055312391924195120232056
2019-11-04042004540526055212391925195220242057
2019-11-05041904530525055212391926195320252059
2019-11-06041804520524055112391927195420262100
2019-11-07041704510523055012391928195520272101
2019-11-08041504500522054912391929195620282103
2019-11-09041404490521054812391930195720292104
2019-11-10041304480520054712391931195820312105
2019-11-11041204470520054712391932195920322106
2019-11-12041104460519054612391933200020332108
2019-11-13041004450518054512391934200120342109
2019-11-14040904440517054512401935200220352110
2019-11-15040804430516054412401936200320362112
2019-11-16040704420516054312401937200420372113
2019-11-17040604420515054312401938200520392114
2019-11-18040504410514054212401938200620402115
2019-11-19040404400514054212411939200720412117
2019-11-20040304400513054112411940200820422118
2019-11-21040304390513054112411941200920432119
2019-11-22040204380512054012411942201020442121
2019-11-23040104380512054012411943201120452122
2019-11-24040004370511053912421944201220462123
2019-11-25040004370511053912421945201320482124
2019-11-26035904360510053912421946201420492126
2019-11-27035804360510053812431947201520502127
2019-11-28035804350510053812431948201620512128
2019-11-29035704350509053812431949201720522129
2019-11-30035704340509053812441950201820532131

Computed using National Mapping Division’s sunrisenset program, version 2.2
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence.

Planning ahead? Here is 2019:

Update: While I work out how to make this easily available, here’s a CSV file of Sydney Dawn, Sunrise, Transit, Sunset & Dusk time data for 2019. That’s all of 2019 and a bonus for January 2020.

October 2019 Sydney Sunrise & Sunset Times for Call Sheets

Call sheets often list First Light/Dawn, Sunrise, Sunset and Dusk/Last Light times.

Best practice is to calculate them for your shooting location. I’ve provided Sydney for October 2019 below.

SYDNEY Lat=-33°52’00” Long=+151°12’00”
TIMES OF SUNRISE AND SUNSET (for ideal horizon & meteorological conditions)

AT = Astronomic Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 18° below the horizon. Light pollution prevents astronomy.
NT= Nautical Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 12° below the horizon. Horizon can normally be distinguished.
CT= Civil Twilight = Centre mass of Sun is 6° below the horizon. Normally enough light to see without artificial light.
Transit = Time when Sun is highest in the sky.

AT riseNT riseCT riseSunriseTransitSunsetCT setNT setAT set
2019-10-01040904390508053311451757182218521921
2019-10-02040704370507053211451758182318521922
2019-10-03040604360505053011451759182418531923
2019-10-04040404340504052911441759182518541924
2019-10-05040304330502052811441800182518551925
2019-10-06050105310601062612441901192619562026
2019-10-07050005300600062512431902192719572027
2019-10-08045805290558062412431902192819572028
2019-10-09045705270557062212431903192819582029
2019-10-10045505260556062112421904192919592030
2019-10-11045405240554062012421905193020002031
2019-10-12045205230553061812421906193120012032
2019-10-13045105220552061712421906193220022033
2019-10-14044905200550061612411907193320032034
2019-10-15044805190549061412411908193320042035
2019-10-16044605170548061312411909193420042036
2019-10-17044505160546061212411910193520052037
2019-10-18044305150545061112411910193620062038
2019-10-19044205130544061012401911193720072039
2019-10-20044105120543060812401912193820082040
2019-10-21043905110541060712401913193920092041
2019-10-22043805090540060612401914194020102042
2019-10-23043605080539060512401915194020112043
2019-10-24043505070538060412401915194120122044
2019-10-25043305060537060312391916194220132045
2019-10-26043205040535060212391917194320142047
2019-10-27043105030534060012391918194420152048
2019-10-28042905020533055912391919194520162049
2019-10-29042805010532055812391920194620172050
2019-10-30042705000531055712391921194720182051
2019-10-31042504580530055612391922194820202053

Computed using National Mapping Division’s sunrisenset program, version 2.2
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence.