I am pretty new, but learning fast. I am a Mech Eng. student at the university, and for an independent study I am designing/building a 3-axis CNC router for wood and foam to be installed in the ME machine shop.
I should be able to secure at least $5000 in grants to build a nice machine. Looking at 4' x 8' with a 24" Z.
If you cna help me build it, I'm sure you could have some access (though not production levels) to it as well.
I live about 20 miles from Boulder. Can offer a limited amount of help.