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    RobL's Avatar
    Lives in Chipping Norton, United Kingdom. Last Activity: 31-01-2017 Has been a member for 2-3 years. Has a total post count of 7.
    Hi All.

    I'm Rob, I work for a set building company near Oxford and I'm responsible for the "art department" meaning all the graphics, visual design, painting and finishing on the jobs we do.

    The reason I have signed up here is to look more into creating/obtaining a very basic wood routing CNC set-up for the business. Currently we do make use of CNC routing - mostly 18mm ply as it goes - which is outsourced and comes with all the drawbacks and advantages that entails.

    One of the first things I did here was to buy a vinyl cutter machine so that I had the flexibility to experiment and do small bits of work on demand as opposed to sending to to somebody else and waiting for it to come back.

    I'm thinking about doing something similar for a flat-bed CNC router, which ideally would accommodate up to 10x5 ply sheets, so I'm here to glean some info, and see whether it's something we could do on a (very) small budget.

    Currently I design using SketchUp and Adobe Illustrator so I'm familiar with the principles of vector design. I'm hoping this is useful and transferable to the world of CNC.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobL View Post
    I'm thinking about doing something similar for a flat-bed CNC router, which ideally would accommodate up to 10x5 ply sheets, so I'm here to glean some info, and see whether it's something we could do on a (very) small budget.
    I may be wrong, but a 10x5 router and (very) small budget do not sit well in the same sentence.
    Spelling mistakes are not intentional, I only seem to see them some time after I've posted

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    Have to agree with eddy there, your on a hiding to nothing trying to build something that large on a wee budget.

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    RobL's Avatar
    Lives in Chipping Norton, United Kingdom. Last Activity: 31-01-2017 Has been a member for 2-3 years. Has a total post count of 7.
    Haha! Thanks for the input! Yeah, I agree - I'm thinking along the lines that perhaps a second-hand machine for that size might be a longer term aim, whilst a smaller machine for making details etc might be more realistic as an entry point.

    We end up with a lot of small/medium ply offcuts from our main work, so my thinking is leaning towards a smaller machine which I can use for details/letters/shapes in-house with minimum fuss, using what would be waste wood. If it proves to be useful, then an 8x4 or 10x5 machine as a longer term investment might make sense.

    We make a lot of our work by hand, and CNC stuff ends up being no cheaper a lot of the time, so it has to reach a point where a big job would justify the cost. But because our work is all large scale, the quality/detail level isn't as tight as maybe it would be for furniture etc. For that reason I was also wondering if there might be a route to go down with an old/basic machine perhaps?

    Hopefully I'll get my head a bit more into it all by hanging out here anyway!

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    Not recommending, just looking for relatively low budget machine design that gets near your spec.

    self build
    http://frankieflood.blogspot.co.uk/2...rp-router.html

    ready built
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CNC-Machin...item3f39fa81c3
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CNC-Router...item3f3d30606b
    Last edited by EddyCurrent; 07-10-2014 at 07:38 PM.
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    First What do you call a small budget.?. . . . Small down south can be large up north.?

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    RobL's Avatar
    Lives in Chipping Norton, United Kingdom. Last Activity: 31-01-2017 Has been a member for 2-3 years. Has a total post count of 7.
    It's hard to pin down an exact figure. My budgets are usually specified as "as little as possible", so it's a moving target for me really.

    I'd say at this stage, a machine that could handle perhaps 4x4' for under 2K would maybe be something to maybe consider. Those ebay links above for large beds at around 7.5k are really interesting thoguh.

    I think if we were going to do a job which involved that level of CNC cutting cost then there would maybe be a case for going for it at that point, but again, I think having experience and proven benefit from a smaller/cheaper in-house machine would be good ahead of that.

    The other thing is we all design on Macs here. I currently run the vinyl cutting direct from Adobe Illustrator with a plug-in, but from the limited searching I've done so far it looks like it's PC based all the way for CNC operation?

    Anyway, all the input here has been really good so far - it's exactly stuff like those ebay links that help to see what's possible for the money, so thanks for that!

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