Im looking into making a CNC Mini Mill so I can make my own alumnium parts for my R/C's.
But my problem is I dont know where to start and im on a extremely low budget.
The max I can spend is $150.
Is it possible to build a Mini-Mill that can do small alumnium parts for under $150?
Any help is apreciated.
While I am still a newbie to CNC myself I just don't think you can do it for $150.00. Just the software alone for the controller is going to cost you that much(Mach3).Add the cost of a CAD program plus drive board. Plus the saying that you will spend many times the cost of the machine in tooling is very very true and that stands true even for a bare bones setup.
And no I don't think that little machine you had the link to will cut it. You just can't cut metal with a machine made from plastic.
Linkster ya could probably do it real cheap like many others here have done. But $150, it would be a $150 cnc thing. I too plan to build a cnc gantry mill. I also plan to save as much money as possible without sacrificing quality. To cut metal whether its aluminum or steel or whatever. Ya need a degree of accuracy. Ya could do some dumpster diving like JasonMarsha did and probably save quite a bit. But if ya add up the time it takes to put all the different pieces together and getting them to work is another thing. I,d say probably the cheapest ya could do it would be around $500 and thats pushing it. I,m estimating my build to be around $1500(hopefully cheaper) But if I have to pay out more to make it right than so be it. Some the guys on here have set the bar high when it comes to DIY cnc and it really should be about craftsmanship and ingenuity. I push myself to be as good as some of the guys here and you should too. Here,s some links to help ya get started.
I saw an article sometime ago where a guy converted a 79 drill press to CNC. He used a little ENCO mill table. While not nearly the ideal CNC setup, he had decent results. Under 150 is a stretch. If you go that route, you can probably do under 250 if you already have steppers and they are strong enough.