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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.

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