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etched-in
27-01-2015, 11:56 PM
hi there all my name is Gary and I would like to get into cnc type work I engrave gift item as the moment from home part time and would love to get myself going in this world but as a novice need some help in the right direction regarding some training and purchasing the right machine. I would like to be able to router and engrave from plastic to aluminium. I have been looking around but there are so many to choose from bit mind blowing prices from a few hundred quid up to 15000 plus vat and some of the companies like vision and gravograph etc. also as I work from home in a cabin in my garden what are the noise levels.... am I going to upset the neighbour's etc. :)

would be nice to meet a few people who have them as hobbyist or for business around the London area also if anyone knows anyone that does a bit of training paid of course just to learn the basics if cnc.

any help or advise would be grateful at this time

kind regards

Gary

EddyCurrent
28-01-2015, 04:20 PM
Maybe a visit here would be useful: http://fablablondon.org/machines/

etched-in
28-01-2015, 04:37 PM
thanks for the link :)


Maybe a visit here would be useful: http://fablablondon.org/machines/

etched-in
01-02-2015, 10:34 AM
hi there all am a bit disappoint not had many replies to my introduction and my questions..?? so if anybody would like to try and point me in the right direction would be very helpful

hopefully look forward to a few more people giving there opinion to help me

kind regards

Gary

IanS1
01-02-2015, 02:56 PM
Engraving on a vase requires are very different machine to engraving on a flat surface.

Perhaps you might get a better response if you can post some photos of the items you currently engrave. Also note the dimensions and materials of the items you're showing.

Also mention what sort of quality/accuracy you expect from the machine.

What is your budget for the machine and tools etc?

Training wise, if you really want to pay someone to train you, you might need to visit a place like Eddy linked to. Remember, most folks on here are hobbyist/small business that simply will not have the time/inclination to train you. You might also want to do more research on the internet, it's an amazing place for learning anything new.

etched-in
01-02-2015, 05:57 PM
thanks for your advise Ian and I will continue to do more research I have about 8k-10k to spend and I will upload some photos of my gift engraving I do on my Roland machine this new machine would be for making signs and prototype work for customers who have designs already..

etched-in
01-02-2015, 06:15 PM
here is a few of the bits I have engraved on different items :)




thanks for your advise Ian and I will continue to do more research I have about 8k-10k to spend and I will upload some photos of my gift engraving I do on my Roland machine this new machine would be for making signs and prototype work for customers who have designs already..