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#1 posted 08-11-2016 02:21 AM

You can get decent CNC machines for less than $5,000. The catch is size limitations. Larger machines need bigger, more expensive components otherwise they lose their rigidity. I’m running a cheap, 4’x8’ home-built machine myself and it’s a pretty effective tool. I run it hard and it can earn me $600 in a day’s work. But it still cost around $11,000 by the time I built it and retrofitted it with a used Camaster extruded aluminum table. I don’t think a good 4’x8’ can be had for under $5,000 unless you get a bargain on a used machine.

Rather than invest a bunch of money up front I’d advise a different approach. Develop the customer base using inexpensive tools first then get the CNC after you’re making enough sales to justify the cost.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com


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