You are joking surely?
Just wondering if there is anyone here so good that they make almost everything they have at home by either cnc, printing it, or burning it and spend almost nothing? I myself am already good at the printing and disk burning part.
You are joking surely?
An open mind is a virtue...so long as all the common sense has not leaked out.
I don't think they're joking. BTW... how did know the posters name
yeah i just machined out a ipod last night... lol
For "many" projects, yes in accordance with one of my motto's "Build it first and then if it doesn't work, buy it!"
Why, very simple. I use it as a learning experience. Also, many times there will be a distinct savings in money (I am retired, so time is cheap:}). Seriously, the learning experience is priceless and outlasts the price of having it NOW.
For example, years ago, I attempted to learn how to fix my computer. Well, I am still learning but I must have done something right as a lot of friends keep asking me to fix theirs. Same thing for the conversion of my mill/drill to cnc. I started out knowing nothing, asked a lot of questions many of which were here on the Zone and now, if (when) something goes wrong, I can troubleshoot it and resolve the problem or perceived problem in some cases. If I had not built it, I probably would not have a clue and according to some, I don't. This is a hobby and not my bread and butter business and that makes a big difference in my approach.
Just some food for thought.
AKA Country Bubba (Older Than Dirt)
I would agree with Bubba's viewpoints. But I do look for value for the time I spend, as well as functionality.
For example there is no point in building my own machine tools from scratch, when decent used ones are easily within my budget, although I may have to put in some time fixing a used machine a little bit before it can be used. I consider myself to be a repair specialist, and am inclined to 'beef up' or otherwise improve weak spots in existing machinery. So in that sense, I don't have the urge to buy brand new machinery at a premium when I know I can put a bargain priced unit back into service, using what equipment that I already have.
I don't claim to be a toolmaker, and I don't have grinders to do a good job of toolmaking. I focus my efforts on custom work in readily machineable materials, and dedicate a portion of the profits from work I can do to buy nice tooling that I cannot do and that will help improve productivity.
First you get good, then you get fast. Then grouchiness sets in.
(Note: The opinions expressed in this post are my own and are not necessarily those of CNCzone and its management)