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Good CNC machine on a Budget (under $500)

by derhul
posted 12-13-2018 03:41 PM


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Lazyman

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#1 posted 12-13-2018 03:56 PM

I don’t have a CNC but I have done a little poking around. The cheapest I’ve seen is a Millright CNC starting right at about the $500 mark. It seems to get pretty good reviews. Looks like a cheap way to get either addicted or turned off without spending too much.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 02-28-2019 09:44 PM

Here are a few Youtube Links that might get you pointed in a direction…

It really depends on how much you want to get your hands dirty with DIY… The more you can, the more you can save.

Strange Garage (author of several videos)...

DIY Builds .... DIY CNC Router for Under $900 - Free Plans Available

Dave Gatton CNC ... Lots of good stuff...

Other helpful links…

Dave Gatton Wiring the control system

Dave Gatton series on Building a CNC system

He also sells plans and you can make your parts; Cheapest way to go!
... or you can buy the main parts...

How to start CNC Machining for under $200 - Working with the T8 CNC engraver

Other places to buy stuff...

That should get you started…

I am also in the process of studying an economical way to get into CNC…

I am leaning toward Building it myself… (lots to study)...

I have decided, so far, to use FREE Software called Fusion 360: A s/w program that covers CADCAM… in other words, you can design projects and then let it generate the CNC code the the CNC system needs; called G-Code. This saves a bundle on s/w!!

There are other FREE s/w packages that help you do Simple things… Search Youtube…

You will find that the CNC system has basically the same things and will cost that much no matter what the size is that you want to build… Rails, bearings, motors, control electronics, software, router, etc., etc. Nickel-Diming you to death!

There are several ways of doing the same thing… making it hard to decide… requires Study and more Study…
One thing for sure still applies… “You get what you pay for”... By picking solid, accurate, parts, etc. to ensure a good accurate system, you will find it better to possibly pay a little more to use THIS approach/technique over another one.

I am STILL in the STUDY process… It is somewhat OVERWELMING!!

Have FUN!!

If anyone has other good Links on the subject, PLEASE post them, OK?

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Steve Peterson

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#3 posted 02-28-2019 11:18 PM

A company called V1 Engineering has a design called a Mostly Printed CNC (MPCNC) router that appears to be in the $500 range. The design is loosely based on 3D printer components that have been upsized for CNC routing.

https://www.v1engineering.com/

-- Steve

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SignWave

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#4 posted 03-01-2019 05:51 PM

I recently built a MPCNC, and it meets the requirements for engraving and light milling, easily within the price constraint.

The only requirement that might cause you an issue (for any low-budget CNC machine) is milling out more than 2” deep in hardwood. This is going to require a long bit and put a lot of stress on the Z axis. Most budget machines use a smaller router or spindle that has a 1/4” (or 6mm) or smaller collet. Cutting that deep would be much better with a 1/2” tool, which means a more robust router and CNC machine.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 03-01-2019 06:26 PM

  • C A U T I O N

Here is one that YOU DO NOT WANT!

Refunded : My Tormach Story*

IMHO ... This guy really got TOOK… This is really a BAD Company to stay away from! IMHO

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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KelleyCrafts

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#6 posted 03-01-2019 06:34 PM

This one is a little more money but I’m considering it. Lots of great reviews out there and I don’t have to spend time planning and collecting materials to do the DIY one. I normally would go that route but time isn’t on my side lately.

BobsCNC

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 03-01-2019 09:22 PM



This one is a little more money but I m considering it. Lots of great reviews out there and I don t have to spend time planning and collecting materials to do the DIY one. I normally would go that route but time isn t on my side lately.

BobsCNC

- KelleyCrafts

OK, after really studying these products, I feel that they are more like cardboard box materials trying to do a job for, at least, Wood or metal. It does not turn me on…

Threaded rod for bearings to ride on? Does NOT sound good…

This NON Acme threaded drive rods? NOT good.

This belt control for X & Y axis… Not good…

Grbl operating system… not as good as Mach3… by far…

The whole thing looks very weak & cheasy to me…

I would look elsewhere… You get what you pay for… This looks like a loser to me…

Good Luck…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 03-01-2019 09:31 PM



A company called V1 Engineering has a design called a Mostly Printed CNC (MPCNC) router that appears to be in the $500 range. The design is loosely based on 3D printer components that have been upsized for CNC routing.

https://www.v1engineering.com/

- Steve Peterson

Their products SCARE ME BIG TIME… Looks like a little more like heavy duty Tinker Toys… I can’t see this doing a decent job of even a small CNC job…
One of the Main structure joints broke and resorted to simple clamps to keep it running! Proving, to me, it was cheap junk to start with. Weak structure…

Good Luck… I would NOT touch this one…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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