Entry Level CNC

Fred J

Fred
User
Is there an entry level cnc machine or is everything cnc go big or go home? Is cnc for the hobbyist?
 

blackhawk

Brad
Corporate Member
I bought a 4'x8' CNC and have never looked back. The ability to put full size sheet goods on there is a huge plus. I know that is huge for some shops, but I would suggest at least a 4'x4' machine. That will allow you to work with 1/2 sheets. If you ever get to the point of using it to make money, a 4'x4' would be well worth it.
 

gmakra

George
Senior User
Yes there are entry level machines as mentioned Sharkpedo is one offering and not a bad one.

The big thing is software get something with software. Vetric is a very common and pretty easy to use.

The rest is up to you if you like it you may soon upgrade.

I bought a used machine for my wife. I figured she would play with for a month or two and that would be the end of it.

That move was one of the dumbest moves of my life. We set it up in my shop and she ran the crap out of it. The noise and dust pretty much drove me from my shop. She wore out the machine so I built her a she shed with heat and air and bought her a large Axiom cnc.

She was evicted from my shop and told not to enter my shop at all. Its amazing to watch as my tools migrate from my shop to her shed!

Of course she claims that she does not know how the tools get over there.
 

riggsp

Phil
Corporate Member
Sienci Longmill looks like a solid machine going in, but after reading on their website, I don't think there is any software provided for either CAD/CAM design or machine control...There were several packages listed for both, but none appear to be provided unless I'm just not seeing it.
 

Grimmy2016

Scott
Staff member
Corporate Member
I've been watching the Sienci Longmill videos. https://sienci.com/ It seems to be solidly built, uses lead screws instead of belts, costing ~$1500 for the 30"x30" model, some assembly required
Love my Longmill
Sienci Longmill looks like a solid machine going in, but after reading on their website, I don't think there is any software provided for either CAD/CAM design or machine control...There were several packages listed for both, but none appear to be provided unless I'm just not seeing it.
They have discounts on Vcarve, Easel is free (by Inventables) and a few others are out there. You can use multiple GCode programss, Gsender is theirs, UGS works, and a few more. Their software page has all kinds of recommendations.
 

mkepke

Mark
Senior User
Love my Longmill

They have discounts on Vcarve, Easel is free (by Inventables) and a few others are out there. You can use multiple GCode programss, Gsender is theirs, UGS works, and a few more. Their software page has all kinds of recommendations.
Hey Scott - is the/a controller (Longboard?) included in the standard prices? It doesn't jump out at me in the promo literature.

-Mark
 

Fred J

Fred
User
Thanks for recommending the Sienci Longmill. I’m researching it now and it seems like a more viable entry level option. Looks like $1500 gets everything but software and the computer.


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