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  1. Good luck,

    Hope you they meet your needs and who knows you still might end up with a CNC machine and doing your own prototyping.

    Michael

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    I have a Denford Microrouter for sale (around A3 size), looks a lot like this newer version.

    http://www.denfordata.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=2567

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    hi i2i

    That looks like a neat piece of kit.

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    Hi all,

    So as far as I can make out to get going with CNC I need...

    1) A machine.
    2) pc tower
    3) screen
    4) controlling software like mach 3
    5) design software like vcarve

    This seems to have everything http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    What would be a fair price though?

    Gavin

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubikoman View Post
    Hi all,

    So as far as I can make out to get going with CNC I need...

    Gavin
    Somewhere to cut the panels to fit on your machine table

    Somewhere to run the machine

    Friendly neighbours due to the NOISE

    Learning curve on software

    Patience

    Time

    Tooling

    Practical ability to make jigs and fixtures to be able to cut your parts

    Phil

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    Having looked at the site and video for the game, do you really need CNC?

    By the looks of it, you need a grid, which could be as easily made from strips of wood, notched + glued together, 4 sides, and a top & bottom.
    All that could be done with a table saw, and a router table (cross cut saw would be far safer/more accurate, but cost more to buy), along with a few jigs, so you can machine parts in batches, then assemble them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_c View Post
    Having looked at the site and video for the game, do you really need CNC?

    By the looks of it, you need a grid, which could be as easily made from strips of wood, notched + glued together, 4 sides, and a top & bottom.
    All that could be done with a table saw, and a router table (cross cut saw would be far safer/more accurate, but cost more to buy), along with a few jigs, so you can machine parts in batches, then assemble them.
    m_c is right.

    But to cut large panels you need a dimension saw with a scribing blade these aren't gonna be cheap.

    http://www.kelwoodmachinery.co.uk/in...FUgTfAodsVsfdQ

    Then to cut a sheet of 8 x 4 you will need a working space of 20 feet minimum a good ceiling height to swing the panels around

    To make the sides of your boxes you need to tongue and groove them, all doable on a table saw.

    You should also have dust extraction

    Its far easier to let someone else do all the work.

    Then after laying out all that money who are you gonna blame if they are poor quality.

    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by M250cnc View Post
    Somewhere to cut the panels to fit on your machine table

    Somewhere to run the machine

    Friendly neighbours due to the NOISE

    Learning curve on software

    Patience

    Time

    Tooling

    Practical ability to make jigs and fixtures to be able to cut your parts

    Phil

    Good points that I take on board, I don't want to upset the nieghbours!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_c View Post
    Having looked at the site and video for the game, do you really need CNC?

    By the looks of it, you need a grid, which could be as easily made from strips of wood, notched + glued together, 4 sides, and a top & bottom.
    All that could be done with a table saw, and a router table (cross cut saw would be far safer/more accurate, but cost more to buy), along with a few jigs, so you can machine parts in batches, then assemble them.
    Thanks for looking at the website and your suggestion. The first 100 grids I commissioned were made in a similar way to what you describe, but I can't see myself making the grids by this method again.
    Cost is an issue but it is secondary to time. If I take production into my own hands I will need a quick way to produce a 1,000 games. I'm thinking that CNC would be like having a second employee doing the time consuming grid whilst I get on with the long list of other operations.

    My next game http://members.webs.com/MembersB/Edi...geID=203738312 could be improved by having 1mm grooves cut into the ply to create lines. So looking to the future CNC would probably save my marriage!

    Gavin

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    Quote Originally Posted by M250cnc View Post
    m_c is right.

    But to cut large panels you need a dimension saw with a scribing blade these aren't gonna be cheap.

    http://www.kelwoodmachinery.co.uk/in...FUgTfAodsVsfdQ

    Then to cut a sheet of 8 x 4 you will need a working space of 20 feet minimum a good ceiling height to swing the panels around

    To make the sides of your boxes you need to tongue and groove them, all doable on a table saw.

    You should also have dust extraction

    Its far easier to let someone else do all the work.

    Then after laying out all that money who are you gonna blame if they are poor quality.

    Phil
    Hi
    Poor quality is one of the issues I'm having to contend with at the moment. Production in the far east is problematic, quality control, lead time, communication, fluctuating exchange rates, etc. I'm now getting the urge to take responsibility for manufacture of key components. It will be a steep learning curve but I can't see how I would produce something worse than what I'm already getting.

    Gavin

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