Wannabe cnc router but have no knowledge of cnc’s

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Forum topic by 1230SR posted 07-13-2020 06:01 PM 316 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-13-2020 06:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cnc cnc router cnc woodwork

Looking for people who can help me decide which cnc machine is best for what I want to do and make sure I get everything I need to do it with because I have limited finances and am going all in to try to make a little money to keep my family fed.

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#1 posted 07-13-2020 07:43 PM

SR – it is a huge misconception that people can go right out and purchase
a CNC router and start making money right away.
first: what projects do you want to make with a CNC ?
CNC machines are from small to make dog tags all the way up to a 5’x10’ flatbed.
do you have any woodworking and finishing experience ?
then – there is the art of the computer programs you have to navigate to produce the items.
you could gain a wealth of information from
which is our sister site that is tailored specifically towards the CNC and woodworking enthusiasts.


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#2 posted 07-13-2020 10:19 PM

You not only need the CNC but jigs, fixturing, bits, coolant (metal), sound and chip suppression, etc. What exactly you need is up to you to figure out based on what you’re trying to do.

Asking for help in what you “want to do” would be aided by explaining exactly what you want to do besides make some $$$ & keeping your family fed.

Figuring out how to hold the workpiece so the gantry/head doesn’t crash into hold downs is the fun part of the game.

Cut path usually is dependent on drawing order and sections may have to be redrawn to get the sequence right.

Tool path compensation is another issue as a 2” ID cut and a 2” OD cut are different and vary with cutter diameter.

Each must follow their own path: such is the tao of CNC.

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