I'm just finishing the X & Y Axis, as shown on photo gallery "damonshaw01"
I now need to turn my attention to the Z Axis, but the biggest problem I've got, Is what router/motor to use for the cutting.
I intend to mostly cut wood but I would also like to have the option to cut metals. I would also like to know what router/milling pieces, people are using and what they use them for. I.e Cutting, shaping, photo's etc..
The choice of router, laminate trimmer, or Dremel tool will be determined by the in/lb rating of your stepper motor on the different axis.
If you have a very low in/lb rating on your steppers, you might want to go with a Dremel tool. If the rating is 100 in/lb or better, you might want to go with a laminate trimmer. For High powered units which are rated > 250 in/lb you might consider a full size 3 HP router.
I personally am using a Porter Cable 7310 laminate trimmer. Lots of folks are using the DeWalt laminate trimmer. These 2 units use 1/4" router bits.