Thread: Cheap (<200$) DIY wood router
I have been working on a low budget CNC machine design on and off for a couple of years now. This has resulted in my 3.rd design iteration, by which I consider the design done.
It's a low budget machine, so don't expect high speeds, precision and metal capabilities. I have routed stuff requiring <1mm precision without any problems though.
I managed to keep the complete build below 200$ here in Denmark, and I guess it could be done cheaper elsewhere since prices are in the high end here. The price includes everything: nuts, bolts, wood, stepper motors, electronics, dremel tool (a cheaper copy of a dremel that is) etc...
I have made a BOM, some description, packed all necessary drawing files and taken a lot of detail photos of the machine. It is all available for free on my webpage: http://www.nengineering.dk/cnc-machi...ow-budget-cnc/
The work is released under a CC license, which you can see on the webpage as well.
I really hope the design will be of use to some of you!
4 Weeks Ago #2
I have made an instructable for this machine: https://www.instructables.com/id/Low-Budget-CNC/
I have also made a complete 3D model in Fusion 360 so that people can take a closer look at the design. The 3D model is found in the instructable
Hi Nic and welcome to the forum. Personally I think you have made a nice job of this it is a credit to you.
You have been realistic with what you have said about it in that the accuracy is around 1mm and for 200$ it is affordable for any body just wanting to play without spending say £2000 to get a decent machine.
It is something which you could build and throw away if you wanted without breaking the bank..Clive
4 Weeks Ago #4
There is one big problem in building a cheap, "throw-away", machine. It gives you the taste for something just a little bit bigger. Just a little bit stronger. Just a little bit faster. Then you end up building a machine that is quite capable of destroying itself along with any body parts carelessly left in its path...
It's fun, though
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