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bonesbr549

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02-14-2016 02:01 PM

Well I’m finally getting ready to pull the plug on a CNC router. I’m struggling between CAMASTER unit, Laguna Unit, or building the CNC routerparts unit.

I’ve got several needs. 1) to make parts for my wine cabinets to speed production. 2) to add the rotary capabilities., and 3) I’m getting ready to build a house in two years as I get closer to retirement. The builder and I are working on me doing the cabinets, so i want that capability.

My questions:

1) any of you done cabinets with a 4×4 platform or is 4×8 ? If so, what did you do it with?

2) any builders of the CNC router parts, is it firm enough to do metal as well?

My final concern is my shop is in my walk up basemet 4 standard concrete steps to get up to grade. 6’0” doors and landing. I looked at the footprint of the laguna and she will just barely fit.

My gut says build but I’m concerned that it won’t do what I need.

Any replies with your setup would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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oldnovice

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#1 posted 03-08-2016 05:45 AM

My advice, stay away from Laguna as I have heard the customer support is lacking.
CAMASTER is much much better in that aspect.

Or, you could check out the Stepcraft models which have options for 3D print head, drag knife, hot wire cutter, plotting pen, besides the typical router/spindle head and are also avaiable in kit form which reduces shipping and assembly costs.

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#2 posted 03-08-2016 03:24 PM

Thanks. I ended up ordering a CNC Router Parts 4×8 unit with spindle and a 4th axis option. It started arriving and I’m excited about getting going. Been learning v-carve pro and working with mach 3.

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#3 posted 03-08-2016 04:11 PM

If you dont want to write Gcode in MACH3 (a very good prog) find a CAD program that outputs a DXF (drawing exchange format – AKA AutoCad) file and the are converters like DXF2GCODE that will directly convert from DXF to Gcode. Making something is as simple as drawing it and going from there.

Sounds like you’ve already decided on MDF cabinets and that is a lot of coin to spend on cheap cabs.

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bonesbr549

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#4 posted 03-08-2016 04:28 PM


If you dont want to write Gcode in MACH3 (a very good prog) find a CAD program that outputs a DXF (drawing exchange format – AKA AutoCad) file and the are converters like DXF2GCODE that will directly convert from DXF to Gcode. Making something is as simple as drawing it and going from there.

Sounds like you ve already decided on MDF cabinets and that is a lot of coin to spend on cheap cabs.

- MadMark

V-carve pro will export directly to g-code and has my post processor so good to go. I’ve already played with a few things. Not making my cabinets out of MDF? I’ve found some software to lease on a month-to-month basis to design and prepare the nesting to cut the parts. My cabinets will be painted with face frames. If you price cabinets for the size kitchen i will have in my last home, it will pay for itself.

I just need an actual machine built to cut it. Cheers.

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