When thinking of buying a CNC router, there are many things to take into consideration. One of the first things to do is take a hard look at what the machine will be expected to do. Too often woodworkers are lured by the technology and buy unnecessary options. Although most router vendors will promote the […]
Buying a CNC machine
When selecting a CNC, consider faster program processing, easier integration and use, customization capabilities, and tooling speed. Also look at CAM integration, volumetric error compensation, CNC/IT integration, motion system connectivity, simpler integration, setup, use, maintenance, and human-machine interface standardization.
Hobby CNC machines typically use either a spindle or a router. While these two devices appear similar, they each have distinctly different characteristics. A router is commodity hardware, and may be found in any hardware store such as Lowes or Home Depot as well as online stores such as Amazon. Routers are typically used to […]
Three axis CNC machines generally fall into two separate categories. Some CNC machines are routers while others are mills. These two types of CNC machines are for very different purposes, and as a result of that, are designed and built differently. For this article, the term ‘router’ is referring to the type of CNC machine, […]