Everything was moved back out into the garage and all the power supply, controller, and computer parts were mounted into a single tidy computer case.
You'll notice the computer we're using is one of those little ViaC3 mini-ITX setups. They're small, relatively cheap, and have everything built into the motherboard.
Mike made a quick model in Lightwave3D and imported it into DeskProto. DeskProto is a tool that creates machine code (in G-Code format) from 3d models. From there it's just a quick trip to the machine's hard drive to run the file. And here it is, our very first test cut, hacked into a 2x4.
It's fair to note that while the machine is far from done, this is a pretty significant milestone. The first goal: a machine that could cut intricate shapes into wood for use in furniture (or whatever) has been achieved. There are several other goals ahead though.