Thread: Budget Machine for sign industry
Hi Guys my 1st post.
To start i know nothing about cmc machines, please bear that in mind.
I run a sign company and in the past have used the zund cutters with the camera for cutting prints from a flat bed printer etc.
Im toying with the idea of getting a cnc for cutting various materials to be printed on etc.
my requirements would be
able to cut 8x4ft sheets
various grades of foam board 3mm, 5mm, 10mm
aluminium composite sheet
acrylic sheet various depths 3mm, 5mm, 10mm
nothing to fancy cuts, just things like letters square cuts etc.
whats my options as i want to spend as little as possible as id like to upgrade to a machine with a camera at some point..
is there basic budget machines available or would a chinese machine be suitable, to be honest i don't know where to start...
thanks in advance
Hi Nick welcome to the forum.
I'm not really sure on how to advise you, so first question is...
Do you want to build your own machine or buy something commercially available?
I wouldn't be using it on a daily basis maybe a few times a week
Problem is that at the size you want and with the type of material you want to cut then you'll most likely need vacuum to hold down material.
High volume vacuum pumps are not cheap esp for the size your wanting so trying to do this on a budget will be difficult.
The machine required for your needs could be built resonable enough but a good vacuum system could cost nearly the same amount.!
Last edited by JAZZCNC; 09-01-2015 at 08:24 PM.
The Following User Says Thank You to JAZZCNC For This Useful Post:
I imported mine, it's a 1325 machine that easily takes a full 8x4 sheet have cut mdf, ply, foamboard thin plate, hardwood so far. With the purchase plus cargo, import duty and vat it cost me around 7000 Euros. Came with 3hp 4 bag dust collector and choice of control system. I got the DSP very easy to use, does all that I need it to.
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Thanks everyone for your replys, most helpful..
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