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$99 cnn carving machine

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Wait! How did I get drawn into this?

Ha ha Will, referring to my first post, I could have spent a lot less and still found my chisels more attractive.

Taff

Naner Naner Naner! I figured it was junk. So I found some more For your viewing pleasure. :-)

Page not found, bt that's OK, it probably saved me 100 dollars

Look at the link above in red!

Pretty cool...

Hi all, I have a benchtop hobby CNC machine from PROTOTOOLS - its a Heinze S720. I have ad the machine a couple of years and its great for carving, 3d carving, V carving.  I am a 'bit of an addict'.

Experienced hobbyists and professionals who know their way around a workshop are no strangers to the effectiveness and convenience that are provided by CNC routers. While these machines are not exactly known amongst the general population, they are in fact slowly replacing tools in the workshop and are on their way to becoming the preferred option for a wide array of projects.

Before making a decision on which model to go with, there are several features and attributes that you need to know about.

  • Table size
  • What software you will use (CAD & Controller)
  • Types of carving you want to do
  • Dust collection

There are many self-build kits or some cheap and reliable options available such as:

  • BOB’s CNC
  • Shapeoko (this is excellent in my opinion)
  • Laguna (a ‘tad expensive’)
  • X Carve (another excellent hobby machine)

I would advise not buying the cheap Chinese machines as the electrics are ‘dodgy’ and don’t buy a Stepcraft. I had one and it awful

Thanks Rich for the heads up. I think the machines are impressive and would make lightwork out of some of the tedious jobs, most people IMO prefer hand crafting the old way. Simply because of the learning curve (programing, setup ect) price and quality. Not everyone has an extra $500-1000 that they willing to plop down on a 'mistake' either it was junk or don't understand the process. If you don't understand the process how do you know if it's you or the machine? Human nature being what it is, 9 times out of 10 it's the machine and you can't always trust the reviews. I personally would love to have one for my upcoming project(CBGs for WARRIORS) which will require many repetitive cuts. With your experience of these machines, what would you recommend if it were you?

Hi Will, you are right these machines do take away the hand crafting skills and the development of hand crafting of wood and woodworking but the way I look at it is that, they are a tool like a chisel, saw etc but a modern tool, one controlled by a computer

Yes there is a learning curve involved with any new tool but one you 'crack it' the CNC is and excellent addition to the workshop.  They do enable you to take away any repetitive work but also do enable the non-artist to design and create stunning carving which can only enhance the pieces we create.  

I would recommend:

These machines come in different sizes and the size dictates the price.  You would need to look at the maximum size of job you will carve / mill 

All come with controller software which make the machine move but you will need CAD software but here there are many freely available on the web i.e. Inkscape and others

Hope this helps

Cheers

Rich

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