View Full Version : looking for a 5 axis cnc for largescale foam carving

18-08-2015, 09:26 AM

I've built and run a 4x4 3 axis machine for a couple of years now and its running pretty well. I'd like to have another machine to mill/carve large scale items in polystyrene up to car size. We could build a machine from scratch here but it might be just as cost effective to buy a machine from China. We could part build/part buy in terms of shipping that might be the best option. Cant see much point in shipping the rail beds and gantry. Anybody got any good reccommendations?

Boyan Silyavski
18-08-2015, 01:33 PM
You should start backwards for 5 axis . what software will use and then ...

I believe best would be a second hand 5 axis machine for wood , i have seen around 8k on auctions. i dont see how you can beat that price making it 3 times crappier and flimsier

18-08-2015, 06:02 PM
Yeh good point about software. HyperlMill has a pretty good interface but I hear good things about NCL, Catia, PowerMill and MasterCAM X4. No idea of their price though.