Ok, so I've got the CNC bug but I'm so new to it I'm overwhealmed!!
My objective: use CNC 2 axis in conjunction with plasma cutter to produce misc. steel brackets and such
My dad's objective: use whichever CNC machine (4 axis?) to produce misc. routered/carved solutions. He wants to be able to create corbels and fancy columns like the following pics... http://barscigarsandbrew.com/Merchan...roduct_Count=4
How many axis will it take to produce these results? Is he wanting something that is not attainable without going industrial??
I've been poking around here and I'm getting overwhealmed with the abundance of knowlege/options with respect to CNC'ing.
I am an avid 2/3D AutoCAD user (mainly Architectural) and curious if all designs produced in AutoCAD can export/be coded to be read by the CNC controller?
I hope all that made sense. That said, where is the best place (besides here) to learn A-Z about CNC'ing? Is it a bad idea to try to use the same machine to do Plasma cutting (steel) and routing/carving wood?
I'm reluctant to even ask as I see the majority of this forum revolves around building your own machine, but are Torchmate machines any good? Will they produce decent routing/carving results?
What is the best/most cabable and complete CNC machine available that is capable of doing what we are wanting?
Sorry for this crazy disorganized post, but I appreciate any info/responses!