What You Should Know Before Buying an Affordable CNC Router?
What is CNC Router?
A CNC router is a CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) machine for automatic carving, engraving, cutting, drilling, milling, grooving, sanding, polishing of solid wood, soft wood, hard wood, plywood, foam, stone, ceramic, plastic, acrylic, glass, MDF, ACM, PVC, copper, brass, aluminum and other soft metals. A CNC router machine is mainly equipped with control system, spindles, servo motors/stepper motors, AC inverter frequency drives, linear guides, ball screws, power supply and workspace table. CNC router table sizes mainly include 2x4, 4x4, 4x8 and 5x10 in feet, some regions may call the table sizes as 1624, 2424, 2448, 4848 and 4896 in inches, some regions may call the table sizes as 4040, 6040, 6060, 6090, 1212, 1218, 1224, 1325, 1530 and 2030 in millimeter (mm). CNC router machines are widely used in industrial production, small business, small shop, home business, home shop, school education and hobbyists.
A CNC router is also called as:
CNC router machine, CNC router table, CNC cutter, CNC carver, CNC engraver, CNC routing machine, CNC cutting machine, CNC carving machine, CNC engraving machine, CNC cut machine, CNC carve machine, CNC engrave machine.
|Table Sizes||2' x 4', 4' x 4', 4' x 8', 5' x 10'|
|Axis||3 Axis, 4th Axis, 4 Axis, 5 Axis|
|Capability||2D Machining, 2.5D Machining, 3D Machining|
|Materials||Wood, Stone, Foam, Metal, Aluminium, Copper, Plastic, Acrylic|
|Types||Mini CNC Routers, Small CNC Routers, Desktop CNC Routers, Tabletop CNC Routers, Hobby CNC Routers, 3D CNC Routers, Industrial CNC Routers, CNC Wood Routers, CNC Stone Routers, CNC Metal Routers, CNC Foam Routers|
|Control Software||Type3, Ucancam, Artcam, Alphcam, Cabinet vision|
|Operating System||Mach3, Nc-studio, Syntec, DSP, Siemens, NK200, NK260, NK300|
|Price Range||$2,000.00 - $180,000.00|
|OEM Service||X, Y, Z Axis Working Area|
|Option Items||Dust Collector, Vacuum Pump, Rotary Device, Mist-Cooling System, Servo Motors, Colombo Spindle|
A CNC router machine needs at least 3 axis to complete the routing works, called X, Y and Z. The X-axis is horizontal, the Y axis vertical, and the Z-axis refers vertical to the other two axis.
A computer "controller" reads G-code or other machine language instructions and drives a tool. The spindle holds the tool, moves along X, Y and Z axis, following the tool path generated by the software.
In a 3 axis CNC router, the tool is always vertical, and undercuts are not possible.
In addition, some CNC router machines have a rotary axis (4th axis) around the X, Y and Z axis. These CNC router machines are mainly used for some cylinder carving and cutting works.
A real 4 axis CNC router refers to X-Y-Z-A, X-Y-Z-B, X-Y-Z-C. four axis are linked, and the four axis can work at the same time.
5 axis CNC router has two additional axis which can move along.
These additional axis allow for shorter project time due to their capability of carving five edges of the material simultaneously.
The position of the CNC machine is determined by a computer. The computer will tell the motors how much to move in each direction. Any location within the machine’s work area can be defined by using the method of positioning. The CNC machine can be moved within that space.
The CNC router machine is connected to a computer, the computer will tell it where to move. First, the CNC machine operator should do the toolpath creation, the operator uses a software program to draw the shapes and create the tool path that the machine will follow. So, when you have some CNC router plans, what kind of CNC router table should be chosen? which all depends on your work needs and budgets.
CNC router machines have a wide range of applications as following:
Cabinetry, Furniture, Sign Making, Woodworking, Mold Making, Model Making, Channel Letters, Joinery, Point-of-Purchase (POP),
Prosthetic Manufacturing, Jewelry Manufacturing, Educational, Prototyping, CAD/CAM Instructional, Solid Surface Production,
Musical Instrument Manufacturers, Countertop Production, Radius Mouldings, Metal Working, Aerospace, Foam Packaging, Mannequin Production,
Plastic Packaging Equipment Manufacturers, Packaging, Store Fixtures, Boat Building, Custom Millwork, Extrusions Cutting Boards,
Pool Cues, PCB Fabricators, Safety Enclosures, Gun Stock/Pistol Grip Manufacturers, MDF Doors, Korbal Manufacturers, Magnetic,
Fixtures, Knife Template Manufacturing, Conveyor Manufacturers, Puzzles, Fan Blade Manufacturers, Name Tags, Artistic Carvings, Kneuls Manufacturing, Orthotic Manufacturing.
CNC router tables with different configurations and specifications have different cost. CNC router machines from different brands have different service and support.
CNC router machines from different countries have different tax rates, different customs, different shipping costs. All of these factors will lead to different prices.
You will get a price range of $2,000.00 to $180,000.00 from STYLECNC.
Why choose us?
STYLECNC is a guaranteed CNC router manufacturer, supplier and seller. STYLECNC offers all kinds of best CNC routers for sale to fit your works.
STYLECNC's CNC router machines are equipped with genuine software and system, original kits, bits, parts, tools.
STYLECNC offers ex-factory price for your CNC router plans without any intermediate. You will get the best CNC machines with affordable price from us.
STYLECNC also offers the all-round smart CNC solutions, 24/7 one-to-one free service and support, which is available free.
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