Are you on the market for a mini cnc mill? Well getting a mini cnc mill does not have to be hard. The guide below will give you some pointers into what the best mini mill cnc is and what you need to look out for, so please read on.
Buying a new or used mini mill cnc
Well there are advantages and disadvantages to both. While some cnc machines can do some things, others can’t and it all comes down to application as well as money. I always suggest to buy a new mini cnc mill for sale.
Some good new models include the Dyna 2100 cnc mini mill or the new Haas, Sieg, Proxxon, Shop Fox, and Grizzly mini cnc mills. A good option is to look into diy, with the mini cnc mill cm-20 mach3 3d pcb diy kit being a great option.
Buying new means you get a good warranty as well as a machine that will work nicely almost out of the box (remember you may need training for specialist cnc software).
Buying used means you get a bit of a discount, but may have to deal with an older machine that comes with older software. Older software means you can not update as easily or you may have to pay a premium to do so.
Mini mill cnc conversion
Of course, you can always try to convert a smaller mill to cnc conversion mini mill. This means you will have to buy a cnc controller and you will have to get the right cad/ cam as well as the right cnc software. Cad software will allow you to make your project on the computer in a 2d or 3d virtual environment. While cam software will convert that 3d or 2d file export from a cad program into cutable milling paths for your cnc mill.
Getting both of these can be free, but the better 3d cad software such as AutoCAD, Solidworks, Rhino, Pro Engineer, or Inventor will cost you a fair bit of money to buy upfront and update in future. Getting a great cad program will be your hardest job, as you can get cheaper, free alternatives for cam software fairly easily. If you are willing to splash out, I’d recommend going with Gravograph’s new MasterCAM X5.
You could also look at doing a mini cnc mill diy, where you can do the mini cnc mill conversion yourself or get a kit. Start with some of the links below to see what the mills from big name companies have and then figure out what you like or don’t like about them and apply them to your own diy mini mill.
Cnc mill mini vs large
The benefits of size can be huge. A smaller, cnc mill is easy to carry around, but will also be less to maintain and can be put away when not needed, creating more work space. Portability is also huge if you need to take the machine to and from different job sites and work on a variety of projects.
Best mini cnc mill to buy and the best mini cnc mill manufacturers
My favorite cnc mini mills would be from sherline.com as well as Shop Fox, Grizzly and Proxxon, so be sure to check them out. Here some more mini cnc mills that I recommend as well as some solid resources to consider: