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    Ok, I think I am going to build a version of the wood CNC for $900 but, upgrade in some area with aluminum, and linear bearings.
    So where is the best place to buy parts ADV CNC ??
    So is Mark 4 the software the way to go.
    Would like to use the Nema 34 step motors should I get a plug and play or buy the pieces and put together my self.
    Going to use either a belt drive system or rack and pinion system any thoughts
    Would also like to use a water-cooled spindle any thoughts
    What other pieces would I need
    Went to ADv CNC for parts and got to $3000 plus real quick
    Wow maybe build your own not the way to go



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    Then don't forget the power supplies, wiring and connectors. When you build out of wood every time the humidity and temperature changes so does all your build. Not much just a 1/8 inch or so, out of square or it binds in the middle of a job and it misses steps. There is someone in the business who purchases China CNC made routers, strips off all the crap controls, and installs a Acorn system, upgrading the rest as he goes. That way you start with a working machine (sort of) and have something working when your done, instead of 2x4's and plywood.

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    Went to ADv CNC for parts and got to $3000 plus real quick
    Wow maybe build your own not the way to go
    Building your own is much cheaper than buying a ready to run machine.
    Good CNC's are not cheap.

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    Default Re: Is it cheeper to build

    Quote Originally Posted by pete1089 View Post
    So is Mark 4 the software the way to go.
    I'm running LinuxCNC and Fusion 360, both free. Mach4 probably a little easier to learn, a more complete package but more $$.


    Quote Originally Posted by pete1089 View Post
    Would like to use the Nema 34 step motors should I get a plug and play or buy the pieces and put together my self.
    Nema 34 is the mount/frame size. You need to size for the torque and speed required for your build. I'm using 425 oz in a Nema 23. I bought a kit, motors, PSU, and drivers, so they are matching. again for my needs the quality is good enough.


    Quote Originally Posted by pete1089 View Post
    Would also like to use a water-cooled spindle any thoughts
    I choose not to go this route to save money. For cutting wood and plastic a simple variable speed router should do. I can always upgrade in the future.

    Quote Originally Posted by pete1089 View Post
    What other pieces would I need
    Went to ADv CNC for parts and got to $3000 plus real quick
    Yes exactly, that what pushed me over to the DIY route.

    Quote Originally Posted by pete1089 View Post
    Wow maybe build your own not the way to go
    Its a lot of work and time and some frustration, For my immediate needs I'm saving a ton of money.

    And for me the journey is half the fun



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    Hi Pete,
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=SwVAdN7d3M0



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    sweet



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    Default Re: Is it cheeper to build

    Hi Peter - I've just launched my website. Look at TETRA MOTION ... Brevis parts will do what you want. The gantry can be stiffened by adding a tube, as it's a kit you can change as needed. You need to nail down a few specs to better define the machine you need. Where are you on the planet? Peter


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    Ontario Canada



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    Hi

    It is always better to build and make customized for flexibility and adaptability for clients. We would own the source code and make it more commercially viable and available for reuse in future.
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