Hobby CNC Router or Laser Under $2k

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  1. Holystrife

    Holystrife What the fuck did you just try to put in my ass?

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    I've gotten approval from the missus to purchase a CNC router or laser engraver/kinda cutter if its under 2k as a hobby machine. I have zero experience with CNC routers and the laser I used to use was a Vytek Monument that was roughly near $100k back in '05 - but I'm at least familiar with them and the vector/raster gig. I get the feeling Czer is going to be the knowledgeable one here judging by the 3D printer thread, but which type should I get? Anyone have experience with a brand/model of either?
     
  2. Sear

    Sear TZT Neckbeard Lord

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    After you decide, we need to talk about our newfound friendship and get down to brass tacks on how I'm going to pay you to ship me CNC routed arcade cabinets.
     
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  4. Holystrife

    Holystrife What the fuck did you just try to put in my ass?

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    ITT: Czer does not deliver
     
  5. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

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    you just hurried me so I won't now
     
  6. Utumno

    Utumno Administrator Staff Member

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    u should help a brotha out i mean you need a break from twitter anyway
     
  7. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

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    lol no
     
  8. Arogarn

    Arogarn TZT Neckbeard

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    Just get KB in here he'll know
     
  9. Utumno

    Utumno Administrator Staff Member

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    That's a rly good point about @KB_Trader - dude is obsessed (though last he posted he hadn't made the jump to CNC stuff right? He was asking Czer for tips still)
     
  10. KB_Trader

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    The two options for a CNC router at that price point are really Shapeoko and X-Carve. I went with shapeoko personally -- it's just a beefier setup. You'll want to get a dust boot too. Check out suckit -- they make one specifically for Shapeoko. There's also laser attachments specifically for the Shapeoko, but I haven't bought one so can't really comment. Oh and you can order a bunch of starter chinese tooling off Amazon and it works well to learn with. The good stuff can get expensive really quick.

    It's a bit of a learning curve, but it's pretty fun stuff.
     
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  11. KB_Trader

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    Also I plan to build a laser cutter/engraver from parts at some point. You can put together a decent machine for a few grand. It's fun too -- building the 3d printer from scratch was a blast. I also still want a CNC mill, but they're pricey on the low end and if I got one I'd want to go BIG. There's so many industrial level machines on ebay at decent prices, but most of em are 3 phase. Taig makes an interesting entry level machine -- they run like 2k for the bare bones up to 3k for ball screws and some other upgrades.
     
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  12. Holystrife

    Holystrife What the fuck did you just try to put in my ass?

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    ITT: KB delivers.
     
  13. Holystrife

    Holystrife What the fuck did you just try to put in my ass?

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    KB what tooling starter kit do you reccomend?
     
  14. KB_Trader

    KB_Trader TZT Neckbeard Lord

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    Until you know what you're doing you can get the cheap chinese stuff off Amazon. Here's some examples.





    Once you know what you're doing and aren't going to ruin your bits by doing something stupid you can get some higher end stuff like this:



    I've also got this for spoilboard surfacing:

     
  15. Holystrife

    Holystrife What the fuck did you just try to put in my ass?

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    Thanks! It's sitting in my shop waiting for me to setup when I get time.
     
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  16. KB_Trader

    KB_Trader TZT Neckbeard Lord

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    Nice! I'm ordering the XXL expansion tomorrow. I'm also looking at getting a 240v outlet installed in my garage so I can upgrade to a 2.2kw spindle.
     
  17. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

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