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Kreativebox

New Member
Just wondering what cnc machines everyone would suggest? I have been between a cnc and laser cutter for a long time. There is so many options and different styles, this would be for my studio at home and max bed size really I would need would be about 50 in x 50 in. If anyone currently has one or any suggestions would be appreciated, budget really isnt limited, if its worth it I will add to the budget.
Anything info or model suggestions is appreciated.
Thank you
 

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TazMan2000

Master Member
It really depends what you are trying to build. They both are very different tools (assuming you meant a CNC router). What materials are you planning on using? Do you have adequate ventilation?

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basementdweller

Active Member
You can do both or a type of machine that has exchangeable toolheads with open source options. You should take a look at the MPCNC forums for inspiration at least even if you build a different type of machine. However - if you really want to use the CNC for max precision and mill bigger stuff I would go with proper liner rails and bearings and what you can get a hold of will probably be your limiting factor as far as size goes. Given this I would avoid 3D printed parts if I want to make a sturdy machine, but if you are not looking to mill thick stuff at higher speeds I guess you would be fine.

I have yet to find one design that I think trumps them all or does what I need. I am looking at many builds and noting what I like. The Indymill I feel is a pretty good simple design, but I would prefer Damien's setup (second video). I am leaning towards a vertical build myself to save on space. The bigger machine you make the more thought you have to put into the actual base. A torsion box type of construction is a must and there are plenty of ways to do that too. Taow did a version that looks pretty sturdy (third video), but I don't agree with the rail placement of the Y-axis myself.

Generally your use case will dictate what type of design will suit you best like Tazman said.
 

xl97

Master Member
Are you talking about a (cnc) router? or a true CNC multi-axis mill?

I have a (hobby) laser cutter...

and 'manual' lathe and mill..


I think the type of material you want to use, thickness of said material...etc will help narrow your options down.

50in x50in is pretty big...... and 'seems' more in line with a CNC router..

Build List | OpenBuilds is a nice place to look around at different machines..etc
 

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