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2020 Buyer's Guide to CNC Milling Machine

Are you looking forward to DIY CNC milling machine plans or coming up with an idea to buy affordable CNC mills? Check out the 2020 new CNC milling machine buyer's guide for CNC millers, machinists, operators and beginners, we'll offer you the best CNC milling machines of 2020 with custom CNC milling service to fit your CNC milling projects, ideas and plans.

What is a CNC Milling Machine?

CNC milling machine is a power milling machine with CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) controller, which is used to mill 2D/3D shapes or patterns on various materials. CNC milling is a CNC machining method similar to both carving and cutting, and able to achieve many of the operations performed by cutting and carving machines. Like carving, milling uses a rotating cylindrical tool. However, the tool in a CNC milling machine is able to move along multiple axis, and can create a variety of shapes, slots and holes. In addition, the workpiece is often moved across the milling tool in different directions.

How Does a CNC Milling Machine Work?

CNC milling machines are the most common type of CNC machine. Typically, they are grouped by the number of axis on which they operate, which are labeled with various letters. X and Y designate horizontal movement of the work-piece (forward-and-back and side-to-side on a flat plane). Z represents vertical, or up-and-down, movement, while W represents diagonal movement across a vertical plane. Most machines offer from 3 to 5 axis, providing performance along at least the X, Y and Z axis. Advanced milling machines, such as 5 axis CNC milling machines, require CNC programming for optimal performance due to the incredibly complex geometries involved in the milling process. These devices are extremely useful because they are able to produce shapes that would be nearly impossible using manual tooling methods. CNC milling machines also integrate a machine tool for cutting fluid pump to the CNC tool during machining.
Computer numerical controlled mills are used to generate a variety of components, and tooling costs involved have continued to become more affordable. Generally, large manufacturing runs requiring relatively simple designs are better served by other methods, although CNC machining can now accommodate a wide range of manufacturing needs. CNC milling machines are ideal solutions to everything ranging from prototyping and short-run production of complex parts to the fabrication of unique precision components.
Basically etch material that can be sculpted or cut can be machined by a CNC mill, although a lot of the work done is performed in metal. As with carving and cutting, the right mills must be selected for every type of material in order to avert possible issues. The hardness of the work-piece material, as well as the rotation of the mill must all be factored before start the milling.

How Many Types of CNC Milling Machine?

CNC milling machines are commonly classified as being vertical or horizontal to indicate the axis of the spindle. These milling machines are also classified as ram types, knee types, planer types, and manufacturing or bed types. Most milling machines have complete CNC controller, variable spindles, electric drive motors, coolant systems, and poweroperated table feeds. CNC milling machines are also known as CNC mill, CNC machining center, CNC milling center, CNC molding machine. CNC milling machine is divided into home CNC mill machine, small CNC mill machine, mini CNC mill machine, desktop CNC mill machine, tabletop CNC mill machine, hobby CNC mill machine, 5 axis CNC mill machine, large format CNC mill machine.

What is a CNC Milling Machine Used For?

CNC milling machine is suitable for carving, milling, cutting and drilling most materials, including copper, aluminum, steel, iron, brass, wood, foam, and plastics. It is widely used in injection mould, ironware mould, metal molds, shoe mold, drop mold, clock parts, zinc electrodes, copper electrodes, automotive, metal electrodes, metal crafts, jade, metal arts, jewelry, dental crown, and other molding industries. It is especially designed for batch milling molds, watch, eyeglasses, panel, brand, badge, outside surface's sleeking, three-dimensional graphics and words, It’s easy for this milling machine to form 2D or 3D relieves on a wide range of materials.

How Much Does a CNC Milling Machine Cost?

CNC milling machines with different configurations and specifications have different costs. CNC mills from different brands have different service and support, which will lead to different price.
CNC mills from different countries have different different customs, tax rates, different shipping costs. All of these factors will result in the final price.
How much does a CNC milling machine cost?
You will get a price range of $3,000.00 to $120,000.00 from STYLECNC.
If you want to buy a CNC mill overseas, and get the final price, please contact us to get a free quotation, we'll calculate the final price of your required milling machine.

Technical Parameters

Control SystemNC Studio, SYNTEC
DriverYaskawa Servo Motor, Stepper Motor
Capability2D Milling, 3D Milling
Milling Speed6000 mm/min
Price Range$3,000.00 - $120,000.00
How to Pay for a CNC Milling Machine?

You can pay for CNC mills via: 1. TT (Telegraphic Transfer) is the method of payment by electronic transfer of funds from one bank account to another. Telegraphic transfer is a fast nature of the transaction, which can be complete within two to four business days. 2. e-Checking is available to buyers with checking accounts from any bank in the United States. 3. Credit card payments with Visa or Mastercard are supported.

How to Ship a CNC Milling Machine?

All the CNC mills can be shipped worldwide by sea, by air or by international express logistics via DHL, FEDEX, UPS. You are welcome to get a free quotation by filling up the form with name, email, detailed address, product and requirements, we will shortly contact you with the full information including the most suitable delivery method (fast, secure, discreet) and freight. A CNC machine firstly should be packaged well in a free-fumigation wooden crate. Usually, we deliver the machine by ship, sometimes, as customer's requirements, we can also deliver by air or by train. When the machine arrived at your sea port or destination, you can pick up with the bill of lading we offered. We can also arrange the cargo agent to send to your door.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a CNC Milling Machine?

You are welcome to get a free quotation by filling up the form with name, email, detailed address, product and requirements, we'll estimate the shipping cost for your CNC mill. Please note, customs fees and additional fees may apply for international shipments. Contact your local customs office for more information. If you want to get the final price, please contact us to get a free quotation, we'll calculate the final price of the required CNC mill.

Is a CNC Mill Hard to Use for a Beginner?

We helped a lot of beginners in CNC mills, if you have a basic knowledge of computers and are willing to spend a little time on learning, it is not too hard. When you ordered a CNC mill from STYLECNC, we will send the user manual and operating videos to you, you can also get the 24/7 free online service by calling, email, whatsapp, livechat or remote desktop with teamviewer.

Do You Have Service and Support for CNC Mills?

As a professional milling machine manufacturer and supplier, STYLECNC will supply all machines with training video and user's manual in English for installing, operation, maintenance and trouble-shooting, and shall give technical guide by remote, such as TeamViewer, E-mail, Telephone, Mobile, Whatsapp, Skype, 24/7 online chat, and so on, when you meet some problems of installation, operation or adjusting. You can come to our factory for training. We will offer professional guidance, direct and effective face-to-face training. Here we have assembled equipment, all sorts of tools and testing facility. Training Time: 3~5 days. Our engineer will do a door-to-door instruction training service at your local site. We need your help to handle visa procedures, pre-paid travel and accommodation for us during the issuance of business travel and services.

Do You Have Warranty for CNC Milling Machines?

As a top CNC milling machine brand in the world, STYLECNC promise: 1. 1-3 years for the whole machine. 2. Long life-time maintenance, after-sale department will offer 24/7 English online support. 3. Except the damage artificially, we are responsible for offering the fittings free of charge during warranty. 4. After the warranty period expired, you only need to pay the actual maintenance cost. 5. Certificate support: CE, FDA, SGS.

Do you have Customization Service for CNC Mills?

Usually, we will manufacture CNC mills as our common design. We have a broad range of capabilities and manufacturing strengths, which makes it possible for STYLECNC to customize our existing products for custom and OEM customers. 1. Table sizes could be customized designs. 2. Logos could be customized as your requirements. 3. Colors could be customized as your requirements. 4. Special configurations could be customer-oriented designing.

How to Choose a CNC Milling Machine Manufacturer?

As a guaranteed CNC milling machine supplier and manufacturer, STYLECNC provides all kinds of best CNC mills for sale to suit your CNC milling ideas.
STYLECNC's CNC mill machines adopt genuine CNC milling software and CNC milling system, high quality original CNC milling machine kits, bits, parts and tools.
STYLECNC offers cost price for your CNC milling plans without any intermediate. You will get the best CNC mills with affordable price from us.
STYLECNC also offers smart 2D/3D CNC milling solutions, 24/7 one-to-one free CNC milling service and support, which is available free.

How to Buy a CNC Milling Machine?

1. Consult:
We will recommend the most suitable mill machine to you after being informed by your requirements.
2. Quotation:
We will offer you with our detail quotation according to the consulted CNC milling machine. You will get the most suitable specifications, the best accessories and the affordable price.
3. Process Evaluation:
Both sides carefully evaluate and discuss all the details (technical parameters, specifications and business terms) of the order to exclude any misunderstanding.
4. Placing Order:
If you have no doubt, we will send you the PI (Proforma Invoice), and then we will sign a contract with you.
5. Production:
We will arrange the machine production as soon as receiving your signed sales contract and deposit. The latest news about production will be updated and informed to the CNC mill machine buyer during the production.
6. Quality Control:
The whole production procedure will be under regular inspection and strict quality control. The complete machine will be tested to make sure they can work well before out of factory.
7. Delivery:
We will arrange the delivery as the terms in the contract after the confirmation by the buyer.
8. Custom Clearance:
We will supply and deliver all the necessary shipping documents to the buyer and ensure a smooth customs clearance.
9. Support and Service:
We will offer professional technical support and free service by Phone, Email, Skype, WhatsApp, Online Live Chat, Remote Service. We also have door-to-door service in some areas.

What are the Common Safety Rules for a CNC Milling Machine Operator?

In the operating of the CNC mills, safe operation is very important. The problem of safe operation must attract the attention of staff and enterprises. What should I pay attention to when operating a CNC mill?
1. Tighten clothing, sleeves, work hats, protective glasses, and work shoes. Check the body, guide rails and main sliding surfaces. If there are obstacles, tools, impurities, etc., they must be cleaned and wiped clean. It is strictly forbidden to wear scarves, gloves, skirts, sandals, and high heels for operation.
2. The machine protection door must be closed before the equipment starts. Do not open the protective door at will when the machine is started.
3. Before and during the engraving, you must check and confirm that the cooling system (water pump) and lubrication system (oil pump) of the motor are working properly.
4. The operating environment: The best solution for CNC mill machines is that they are placed in a constant temperature environment and away from sensational equipment (such as punches) and equipment with electromagnetic disturbance.
5. When the spindle is rotating, do not touch it with your hands to avoid accidental injury.
6. When clamping workpieces, you must follow the principles of "solid, flat, and straight". It is strictly forbidden to engrav on suspended materials, in order to prevent deformation of the material, the thickness of the material must be more than 2mm greater than the depth of the carving.
7. The debris inside the chuck must be cleaned before installing the cutter.
8. When the cutter is installed, be sure to screw the chuck into the lock nut and put it together on the motor shaft. Then insert the cutter into the chuck, and then use the upper wrench to slowly tighten the nut to install and remove the cutter In the case of elastic nuts, the push-pull method is disabled, and the rotary method is used.
9. The length of the tool's exposed chuck must be determined jointly according to the engraving depth and whether the workpiece and the fixture interfere, and it should be as short as possible under the above conditions.
10. Be sure to define the starting point of X, Y, Z axis correctly before milling. After the tool is changed, the Z-axis starting point must be redefined immediately. The X and Y starting points cannot be changed.
11. Before starting the process, place your hand on the red emergency switch button and press it immediately if there is an accident.
12. CNC mill machines should not be sealed for a long time. Long-term will cause storage system problems and data loss.
13. When operating the machine, prevent the spindle and tool from colliding with the equipment. Only one person is allowed to operate, others must not touch the keys.
14. When an emergency occurs during automatic processing, immediately press the reset or emergency stop button. Find out the cause before proceeding.
15. Shut down and check the computer before use and leave. Cleaners, measuring tools, clean machine tools and the ground, and fill out the "instrument, operating records" carefully.

How to Maintain a CNC Milling Machine?

As a common type of CNC machine tool, CNC mill is widely used in the field of mechanical processing, and is usually in a high-load operating state. However, many users do not pay attention to the maintenance of the machine, so the damage to the machine is relatively large. In fact, no matter what kind of machine, scientific maintenance can effectively extend the service life and machining accuracy of the machine. The same is true for CNC milling machines. If you find an abnormality during use, you can prevent the situation from expanding if you can handle it in time. If you turn a blind eye, it may cause relatively large losses. Therefore, our daily maintenance of the milling machine is particularly important. Here we will teach you how to maintain a CNC milling machine.
First, The Maintenance of The Guide Rail.
During the use of CNC mill machine, it is necessary to ensure that the guide rail surface is clean, and no chips, abrasive particles, etc. fall on it. If there is, it will increase the friction of the guide rail and cause the guide rail to rust. Need to regularly protect and maintain the guide rail. It is necessary to check the smooth oil quantity of the guide rail every day. If the oil is not good, you should increase the smooth oil; together, pay attention to check whether the oil pump can be started and stopped on time, and whether the smooth oil can be supplied when starting. When processing graphite, ceramics, etc., use a graphite milling machine. Because graphite and ceramic materials are easy to produce large dust, once these dust enter the guide rail, it will affect the life of the machine used.
Second, Stable External Power Supply.
CNC mill machines generally use a three-phase AC380V / 50HZ power supply. Stable operation of the milling machine is inseparable from a stable external power supply, so we must equip the machine with a matching voltage regulator. At the same time, the main power supply must have a grounding cable, and the machine must be grounded, otherwise the startup is not allowed.
Third, Other Maintenance Tips.
1. When not in use for a long time, after turning on the machine, first return the machine to its original point, and then warm up the spindle for about 30 minutes.
2. The filter of the oil cooler should be cleaned in time, which can reduce the power consumption of the oil cooler and improve the cooling efficiency.
3. Before each machining stop, move the three axes to the middle position, and then power off to clean the machine.
4. Check the oil level of the spindle oil cooler every 2 months.
5. The water in the air of the air source filter should be drained in time.
6. Adjust the tool coolant valve to cool the cutting area of the tool with an appropriate flow.
7. Do not use a high-pressure air gun to clean up after processing. Use cutting water as much as possible.
8. When using water-soluble cutting fluid, adjust the water-oil ratio.
9. The tool setting instrument is a very precise measuring instrument. If the surface is not clean, it will affect the measurement accuracy. Therefore, it should be protected by a protective cover when it is not in use.
10. At any time when you encounter an unexpected situation, press the emergency stop button as soon as possible.
11. Check the level of the machine every 6 months to ensure that the level is controlled within 0.02 / 300.
The above tips systematically describe the precautions for the maintenance of the milling machine during use. We usually develop good habits and believe that it will definitely extend the service life of your machine. For more practical knowledge about CNC mill  machine, please visit the information center of our website or contact us directly, we will answer your every question.

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Model: STM1212E-5A

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Small 5 axis CNC machining center is an entry-level five-axis machining center with HSD 5 axis spindle, which is widely used in mold making, 3D cutting and 3D carving. Now the small five axis CNC machining center for sale at affordable price.

Full Automatic CNC Milling Machine for Mold Making

Model: ST7090-2F

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Full automatic CNC milling machine for mold making and other milling works, including metal molds, clock parts, drop mold, copper electrodes, zinc electrodes, metal electrodes, shoe molds, metal arts, metal crafts, jade, dental crown, jewelry and other molding works, the CNC mill can make 2D or 3D relief on various materials.

Cheap CNC Milling Machine for Home Use

Model: ST6060F

$6200.00 - $10000.00

 4.8/5 - 76 votes

Cheap CNC milling machine for home use is designed for home shop and home business for iron, copper, aluminum, stainless steel, mould steel, MDF sheets, PMMA, PVC Sheet, ABS sheet, KT sheet, timber, gemstone, marble. Now the affordable home CNC mill machine for sale at cheap price.

Hobby CNC Milling Machine for Metal

Model: ST6060H

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 4.8/5 - 33 votes

Hobby CNC milling machine for metal is used to mill, carve, cut and drill on soft metal materials including brass, copper, aluminum, iron, etc. Now the hobby CNC mill for sale at cost price.

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Model: STM1212E2-5A

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Mini 5 axis CNC milling machine with double tables is designed for 3D mold making and 3D modeling, such as wood mold making, foam mold making, automotive models, metal mold making, building models. Now the small 5 axis CNC milling machine for sale at affordable price.

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