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Machine Software and CNC: What It Is, What It Does, and How It Is Used

October 3rd, 2020

A common bit of advice, from experienced machinists to beginners, it to “budget as much for tooling as for your machine.” What is the “tooling” those machinists refer to? It’s the vises, holders, grips, cutters, tool heads, drawbars, and generally all of the pieces necessary to let your CNC machine do its job. A CNC… Read more »

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5 Ways Owning Your Own CNC Saves You Money

September 30th, 2020

Everyone wants to combine their hobby with their business, do what they love, and get paid for it. That is much easier said than done, however, especially when it comes to the competitive world of CNC machining. So if you’re asking yourself if you should buy a CNC machine to make some money, perhaps you… Read more »

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Why Small CNC Mills Are Popular With DIY Entrepreneurs

July 11th, 2020

The CNC has transitioned from a piece of commercial equipment to a DIY power tool capable of almost anything. As the cost of the average CNC machine continues to decline there are more and more hobbyists bringing them home. And as more creative thinkers invest in CNC machines we see more and more unique products… Read more »

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7 Reasons Owning Your Own Small CNC Machine Makes Total Sense

July 3rd, 2020

A small CNC machine, also referred to as a mini CNC machine, is one of those life-changing additions to your setup that becomes worthwhile right away. Whether it is creating something from scratch or using a template, there are so many possibilities as soon as the machine is in your possession. However, what are some… Read more »

Analyzing Desktop CNC Machines and Software

December 2nd, 2008

What is desktop CNC? This usually refers to milling machines that can be operated by Computer Numeric Control. The mills are controlled via CNC and move the spindle vertically along the Z-axis, though CNC can also operate horizontal mills or other manual machinery. Desktop CNC machines usually refer to smaller-size mills that can fit on… Read more »