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pompey2   

Hi All

 

I have been getting very interested in these little machines recently.

Only really for fine wood milling.

You see a lot of them across ebay and Amazon, pretty much all of the home market ones seem to come from China.

They are three axis, USB linked, approx. A4 table size and come with a software package.

And the prices are very good.

But that is as far as I have got, in a lot of respects they seem too good to be true.

Has anybody got any experience of using one?

Or even seen one in action.

I would like to understand a lot more - build quality, spares availability, ease of programming, reliability etc etc  

 

Nick

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hjx   

Hi pompey2

 

I've used a desktop engraving machine, -4 axis.The machine is all made of cast steel. The price is about $1200, excluding pc and software.The Mach3 license will cost about $175.You also need a computer, but you can use the old one,  Mach3 does not require high performance for PC. You also need programming software and design software,it's the costs that need to be considered.Most importantly, you must design and learn to program.In China, tuition for embossed programming is more than $1000.

 

Only for the engraving machine itself,If you are only occasionally used to process some wood parts, such as cutting frames, and making some relief, the Aluminum Alloy Structure Carving machine is more cheaper. but as far as I know,the engraving machine, the price under 500 dollars, is called a "toy machine".

 

The benefits of engraving machines are unquestionable, accurate, labor-saving and high efficiency. Able to process relief and make complex parts.

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hjx   

The 4 axis engraving machine can make almost all the parts of a ship model-- except sail, the 3 axis engraving machine can produce most of the parts of the ship model.

Some parts which are difficult to be produced by traditional manual methods, but they are machined quickly and accurately with the engraving machine.

 

For example, some special shaped parts of the bow and stern.

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Moxis   

Very interesting hjx. I have also a 3 axle cnc machine made by German Eas gmbh   http://www.easgmbh.de/CNC-Maschinen/Fraesmaschinen/EASY

I have used it a lot when building my models, mainly with cars and tanks. The problem is that I only have a 2D CAD, which gives me the possibility to produce 2D and 2.5D parts.

I would like to upgrade my programs into 3D to be able to make also the carvings. So the question is: Which CAD program are you using to make those carvings shown in your pictures?

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I just bought one of these to play around with(it's still in the post, so i'm waiting in anticipation!)

 

It was on special for USD200, so just couldn't resist it...

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/820277733/mini-cnc

 

I'm gonna see if I can cut some frames with it for an upcoming Triton cross section build.

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hjx   
19 hours ago, Moxis said:

Very interesting hjx. I have also a 3 axle cnc machine made by German Eas gmbh   http://www.easgmbh.de/CNC-Maschinen/Fraesmaschinen/EASY

I have used it a lot when building my models, mainly with cars and tanks. The problem is that I only have a 2D CAD, which gives me the possibility to produce 2D and 2.5D parts.

I would like to upgrade my programs into 3D to be able to make also the carvings. So the question is: Which CAD program are you using to make those carvings shown in your pictures?

Hi

I don't know what software you used,  as far as I know, if you want to make 3D models and mill it by NC machining, you also need 3D modeling software.I recommend X+zbrush,the X is cad software such as autocad/rhino/solidworks/UG/...,ZBrush is used to make sculptures,it works very well and is much cheaper than 3DMAX /maya... and other software.

 

These software are generally expensive,  if you don't work in some companies that use CNC (they can buy these machines and software), maybe you don't have the chance to learn these professional software. I benefited from my friend who have a furniture factory,  he had a lot of CNC machines and software that made me learn how to use these software.

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Moxis   

Thanks hjx. I will check those programs you suggested. I don't have any connections to companies using cnc. I am just a humble retired individual building models as a hobby.

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moflea   

There is also Autodesk's Fusion 360, which is pretty much the Solidworks. You can download it and register as an enthuziast or hobbyst and you get free access to it (unless you work in a business above 100k/year). You must renew the register every year.

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Moxis   

Thanks Moflea, that is a great news. I have thought a lot about Fusion, but understood that you have to pay every month a certain fee for them. But if a retired hobbyist can get free access to the program, seems very attracting.

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Ben752   

Very interesting, I've been thinking about using this approach on my next build.  Right now i'm considering a Shapeoko 3 as a CNC router, a 4th access should surely be nice but seems like a good start.  Most use a Dewalt trim router with the setup but there are quite a few options for spindles if you're more of a shop build kinda person.

 

 

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wefalck   

Is anyone aware of such a small CNC-mill/router that can be controlled from a Mac ? The guys that make the Shapeoko 3 also make a thingy called Nomad that seems to work with Macs, but I found it too big and pricey. Most small, cheapo machines only seem to made to work with Windows ... :angry:

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