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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Anyone using a CNC router?
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 10:11 AM

I am shifting my interest from a 3D printer to a CNC router.  Anyone using a CNC router?

 

Also interested in discussion of pro and cons.  Here is my current thinking.  I do not plan to create a 3D model all in one step, but rather parts of one.  Most kits come with sprues of only moderate thickness.  I think the limiting factor might be hull of ship hulls (half hull width).  I do not mind multi-piece car bodies, like Heller kits and some others.  So what think you?

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    March 2020
Posted by Faux fisherman on Thursday, April 8, 2021 10:08 AM

I have owned 3 diffrent machines over the past 10 years with each one bigger than the last, current machine is 48" x 96".

Some suggestions for any size machine.

1. avoid machines with propritery software, Mach 3 is what I use as do many others.

2. Motion control, rack and pinion is best with belt drive being next I avoid screws and nuts they wear out too fast and are a real pain to replace. My current machine is belt drive and after 3 years of daily use I see no wear.

3. Avoid CAM software without trial software, you don't want to spend hundreds for something you can't use.

There are my opinions from thousands of hours of trial and error so take them as such.

They are versitile machines and you will find yourself making all kinds of neat stuff.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, April 9, 2021 7:59 AM

Thanks, FF.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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