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Forum topic by WoodenCreations posted 01-25-2010 04:13 AM 1535 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WoodenCreations

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01-25-2010 04:13 AM

I WAS WONDERING IF THEIR IS ANYONE OUT THEIR WHO HAS MASTERED THEIR HOME BUILT CNC MACHINE YET? AND IF SO IF THEY WOULD BE WILLING TO BUILD ONE?? I WOULD BE GLAD TO PAY SOMEONE TO BUILD ME ONE. I DON’T HAVE THE COMPUTER KNOWLEDGE NOR THE TIME TO BUILD ONE..
LET ME KNOW.. THANK YOU..


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Steve Peterson

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 06:41 AM

There are several bolt together kits available that would have you up and running within about a day or so of bolting components together.

Check out probotics.com or finelineautomation.com for complete kits in the $1000-$1500 range after adding electronics. Far a few more dollars you could buy a ready to run system like the CNC Shark at Rockler.

It all depends on your price range and what size/quality you are looking for. What are you planning to make with a CNC router?

-- Steve

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 04:39 PM

You really need to identify what size of stock you want to cut, thickness of the stock and whether it needs to be basic 2-D or has to be 3-D. A CNC to handle cutting 4’ by 8’ sheet goods to build cabinet carcases is a different world than a bench top to cut templates or engrave jewelry boxes.

Also, economy CAD/CNC/CAM software isn’t as easy as sending any graphic to a printer. Having some background around CAD or a machine shop will help considerably, else you will have a pretty extensive learning curve.

Building your own or having one locally made takes away any factory support. If you go this route, make sure you use a design that has an active forum online to reference for questions that will come up. The same goes for choosing a software package.

Steve.

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 02:15 AM

If you don’t have the computer knowledge to build one, than how will you use it? Building a machine is easy, but many people hit a wall with the software when it comes time to using it.

As someone who programs and runs $100,00 routers for my day job, I can tell you that anyone who thinks they have mastered their CNC router doesn’t try new things. There are always new things to learn.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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