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Default Aluminum CNC Mill for consumers question.

If I wanted to make small parts is there any kind of small CNC that can work for home use or small shop thats rather easy to use?

I would think someone would make something like this by now.

Example of what I would make so it needs to be able to cut things like this in detail:


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from my own personal experience as a tool and die makers son, i have not yet seen a 3 axis mill that is directed towards the private consumer,.. but i may be wrong, the cnc metal producers have gotten a little desperate lately due to the economy
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Yea I figured someone had come up with a mini one by now. Would be great for small parts if they could make it easy to use. I don't know cad that well to want to spend 30k... LoL
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foot shifter for a quad?
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foot shifter for a quad?
Honestly don't know it's just an example.

I do own a motorcycle shop, so yea small motorcycle parts or being able to engrave logos on to parts as well. I found small engravers but i would also like to make small custom parts as well.
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I would guess that an effective CNC machine would require a good deal of weight/bulk to resist reaction forces and maintain tight tolerances. A small machine would turn some messy geometry. Closest thing I have seen is something like this:

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You might want to join this site and look/ask around http://www.cnczone.com/

There are a lot of people that have in depth knowledge on the matter and can help point you in the right direction.
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oh I see looked like it was on the right side so would be backward for motorcycle
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There are some smaller machines out there, but they still cost money if you want to hold decent tolerances (those mini ones up above aren't really worth a damn for accuracy). One that we have at my school is the Haas OM-1 (here's a link). Also, it does hold very tight tolerances...we use it to do micro-machining and little stuff like ornaments and desk objects. With a 30,000rpm spindle, it's like a dremel on crack and steriods lol.

For the price though, I'd just buy a full-size CNC, like a VF-2.

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Sherline.com makes a small CNC 3-axis machine. their still close to $2000 though.

Tormach.com makes a really nice machine and is geared towards the home machinist, but your looking at $12000 for a optioned machine plus shipping.

The best thing is too look in the used market. With the economy in the shitter. Used CNC equipment is really cheep. Even some of the new stuff is getting dumped at rock bottom prices.

Oh and novakon.com makes some small desk type bed mills. Never priced anything though.
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