I am after a bit of advice please.
I have set up a small business supplying Engraved Rigid Labels (Traffolyte) 1.5mm in my spare time. I have been out sourcing the Labels and to maximise my profits I want to Engrave them myself. I have the labels already cut to size so I need to cut holes and engrave text.
I have been offered a small desktop CNC and just wondering if this looks ok. I don't want to spend a lot of money as this stage as its early days but I do have regular work.
This is the machine
and what the seller says ..
BRAND NEW UNUSED DESCTOP CNC ROUTER
WE BOUGHT THIS WITH THE INTENTION OF MANUFACTURING OUR OWN R/C PARTS OUT OF GRP, CARBON FIBRE AND ALUMINIUM.
UNFORTUNATELY TIME TO LEARN THE MACHINE JUST DOES NOT EXIST AND IT IS GATHERING DUST.
WE IMPORTED THE UNIT FROM THE USA, IT COMES WITH EVERYTHING YOU NEED EXCEPT PC & SOFTWARE.
THE SPECS ARE BELOW, INCLUDES IS A BRAND NEW KRESS SPINDLE WORTH £160.00, THE CNC MACHINE, CONTROL BOX ETC.
YOU WILL NEED A PC AND TO PURCHASE MILLING BITS AND CAD CAMM SOFTWARE FOR YOUR PC TO RUN THE UNIT.
WE HAVE A LICENSE KEY FOR MACH3 WHICH YOU WILL BE GIVEN SO YOU WON'T HAVE TO BUY THAT.
YOUR PC WILL NEED A PARRALLEL PORT TO RUN ITE CONTROLLER BOX.
Machine spec ..
PECS. AS FOLLOWS:
Travels: X-12”, Y-16”, Z-4”
Table size: 23” x 16.5”
Footprint: 28” x 24”
Motors: 4 wire bipolar 285 ounce/in Nema-23
This rugged machine is made from HDPE with a proprietary linear motion system . The system features ball bearings preloaded on eloctroplated-zinc thick-walled steel rails. The result is a very stiff system with ultra smooth motion and zero slop. The Z-axis features 5/8 inch Thomson brand hardened polished steel rails with super oilite self-lubricating bronze linear bushings. The drive system features 3/8 inch wide kevlar-reinforced urethane timing belts on all 3 axes, resulting in ultra precise motion and blazing fast rapids (1000 inches per minute). The entire machine is bolted together with allen-head machine bolts so every part is replaceable. The grid on the large stationary table makes workpiece alignment a breeze, and the matrix of steel 1/4-20 threaded inserts make it simple to fasten the workpiece to the table. This machine is ideal for making Pcb's (printed circuit boards), plaques, trophies, model airplanes, 3-d puzzles, picture frames, vacuum molding plugs, lighted lexan signs, business card holders as well as larger woodworking projects. Three-axis simultaneous smooth contouring enables the machine to be used as a subtractive rapid prototyping machine.
Constructed of extremely durable HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) with a true Baltic Birch 11-ply plywood top.
4 wire bipolar 285 ounce/in Nema-23 motors
Kevlar-reinforced urethane MXL timing belts on all 3 axes
Linear motion system with ball bearings preloaded on 1 " square 1/8" thick walled steel tubing on X axis and 1.25" square steel tubing on Y axis for ultra smooth motion with zero slop.
Z-axis features 5/8 inch Thomson brand hardened linear rail with super-oilite self-lubricating bronze bushings. Replaceable.
Matrix of threaded steel inserts in the table for convenient fastening of the workpiece.
Assembled entirely with steel bolts so all parts are replaceable.
All parts are cut on a professional CNC router to snap or press-fit tolerances to ensure proper fit and alignment
Any input appreciated