It all depends on what you consider to be "low cost." Pre-built in this
size range is anywhere from $2,500 to $6,000. Some people wouldn't
consider this low cost, but it's actually very cheap for CNC. I bought a
custom-made CNC outfit for several grand for my Budget Robotics
business, and I'm still paying it off. You need to consider it a
If you don't mind putting something together yourself, you can check out
You can save some money this way.
There's also a book on building a homemade CNC rig. You can find it on
Amazon; the ISN is 0071418288. It's gotten mixed reviews.
Don't forget the software. Most people do, then struggle with a machine
that's so hard to use for anything it's not worth it. Basic CNC software
costs $200-400, but good CNC software costs $1,000+.
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Robot Builder's Sourcebook, Robot Builder's Bonanza
Rick Cassidy wrote:
> I want to investigate a low cost Bench size (12" x 18" x 8") CNC mill.
> I've done allot of searching on google and have only found many websites and
> arcticles that don't really show much.
> I figure that some people may have one.
> Any suggestions on where to look?
> Is there a good company or on-line catalog anyone could reccomend?