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Buying the Best CNC Router for Your At-Home Wood Shop

A CNC router can be an expensive investment, especially if it’s for your hobbyist home wood shop. However, it can take your home woodworking projects to a whole new level. Fortunately, these days, as CNC technology has advanced, the price of smaller machines has come down. The Stinger I CNC Router This is one of the most robust and popular bench top CNC routers on the market. ...   Read More

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Getting the Best CNC Router for Your Money

How much you spend on a CNC router will depend on the size of machine you require, the model you choose and the features it has installed. Each CNC machine has its range of capabilities. Here is a rundown of the four categories of CNC router and their general price ranges. CNCs For The Hobbyist Hobby CNC routers are priced around $600-$4000. They range in size from 3’ x 6’ ...   Read More

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Tips for Starting Your First CNC Router Project

Once you have a CNC machine, and you know how to use it correctly, you will soon be able to craft beautiful pieces relatively quickly. Before you get started, you need to know the necessary steps to CNC routing. Here are some tips to help you. Design Your Piece You have an idea of what you’re going to make. You probably have a few sketches and designs. Now it’s time to design the ...   Read More

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3 Advantages of Running a Variable Speed CNC Router At ...

Nowadays most high-quality CNC routers have a variable speed control. There are three main advantages of running your variable speed router at slower speeds. These are: 1. Bit Wear If you’re running your CNC at slower speeds that means that your bit is making fewer cuts. A feed rate of 14,000 RPM will make just a good a cut as a feed rate of 18,000 RPM, but the advantage is that ...   Read More

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Tips For Turning Your CNC Router Into A Pen Plotter

A CNC router owner can adapt their machine to become a pen plotter that can draw accurate designs on paper. While there are several ways to do this, ranging from buying individual pen bits to making your own adaptations (you’ll find an abundance of suggestions on the Internet), here are a few tips to help optimize your efforts while protecting your machine. Allow For A Spring ...   Read More

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Tips For Using Your CNC Router To Cut Acrylic

Acrylic is a durable, clear form of plastic, and as such has different properties than metal, wood or other materials. You can certainly use your CNC router to cut acrylic sheets, but the following tips will help you avoid irregularities or difficulties and help you maintain a smooth cut. Use A Specialized Bit Be sure to use a bit specifically designed for cutting acrylic, as standard ...   Read More

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5 Tips for Using A CNC Router for Cutting Aluminum

Using a CNC router to cut aluminum (and other metals) is different than cutting wood or plastics, so there are some important things to remember. Here are five tips to help you when using your CNC to cut aluminum. 1. Don’t Forget The Sweet Spot Don’t forget that the sweet spot for the best feeds and speeds is much smaller for aluminum than for wood or other materials. Stick to ...   Read More

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5 Tips for Using A CNC Router for Cutting Aluminum

Using a CNC router to cut aluminum (and other metals) is different than cutting wood or plastics, so there are some important things to remember. Here are five tips to help you when using your CNC to cut aluminum. Don’t Forget The Sweet Spot Don’t forget that the sweet spot for the best feeds and speeds is much smaller for aluminum than for wood or other materials. Stick to the sweet spot to avoid wear and breakage on your ...   Read More

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying A CNC Router ...

If you are considering purchasing a CNC router machine for the first time, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself so that you can determine which kind of machine is the right one for your needs. The following three questions and answers will set you on the right track. 1. What Size Machine Is Best For Me? This is probably the most important question to ask yourself. You ...   Read More