I thought this would be the best place to start my search.
I'm a product design engineer working for a small company. We are looking (seeing if it exists) for a small CNC mil,l something like a desktop or hobbyist cnc mill, that we could use to create prototypes.
Our products are quite small, no more than 100mm x 100mm.
I've found a bunch of CNC routers but most cant cut metal, which would be our main material, or cant cut deep enough.
Do you guys know of any manufacturers that make something that would meet our needs? It would also need to be under the £10,000 mark.
I'd be inclined to check out the stuff from Arc Euro Trade, they do state hobby, not industrial but their kit does look good and my experience of buying tooling and parts from them has been excellent,
What kind of metal?
If you're happy to go for something secondhand, and willing to repair/upgrade yourself, have a look at Denford CNC mills. A Novamill may be slightly small, but a Triac should have enough travel.Avoiding the rubbish customer service from AluminiumWarehouse since July '13.
For our actual products we use various types of stainless steel but for prototypes any type of aluminium would be fine, as I know its easier to work with...
I'll give them a look. Hobbyist I think is all we would need.
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