CNC Router Research

Buy or Build?

It is tempting to skip directly to designing a CNC router that meets my specifications, but there are tons of existing products and projects on the internet attempting to solve nearly the same problem. Even if I justify building a router for fun despite the presence of cheap commercial options that meet my requirements, there is plenty to learn from analyzing the existing designs on the internet.…

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CNC Router Requirements

An Adequate Tool for Every Job

Most robotics hobbyists are aware of what inexpensive and easy fabrication options they have available to them and tend to design as many components as possible in their projects to make use of them. A designer with access to a CNC mill will approach problems much differently than one with access to a laser cutter and 3D printer. However, both designers may find themselves stuck between using an inaccurate drill press or spending money to outsource if they can’t find a way to design out a large, stiff aluminum plate with precision holes.…

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