New here. First post and first thread. Need some help with the above question. I am looking to get a mini mill from Taig on ebay for US$1400. Not sure if this is reasonable. Its CNC ready and all I need to do is connect up to my PC and I can start cutting away. But at the same time, I am also keen on building my own CNC mill out of steel parts (crude) and some hardware stuffs. Not retrofitting a mill drill or a taig manual mill but out of diy parts.
The work I am doing involves milling aluminium and plastic parts for an imaging device. Not big. A mill with max travel of 12" (X-axis), 5.5" (Y-axis) and 6" (Z-axis) is sufficient for me. However, some parts involves a lot of cutting away of the aluminium.
Would anyone recommend just getting a Taig mill or building my own. Would building my own be a complete waste of time? The reason I ask is that from what I researched on, cnc mill isn't too hard to do. I can get parts like stepper motor controller, stepper motor and softwares like mach3 from the net. All I need to do is build a mill rig out of hardware stuff and fit the stepper motor onto it. Is it that simple or there are alot more to it?
Thanks. Hope someone can enlightened me on this. I have an offer for a cnc ready taig mill. Keen to get it but wait for comments from here. Thanks.