You know what? I love diy cnc machines, but finding a good kit is hard. There are tons of cnc machines out there that cost tens of thousands of dollars, but finding a budget friendly cnc router kit is tough.
I’ve scoured the net to help things be a lot easier. Here are my recommendations for a good cnc router kit:
The Zen Toolworks CNC Carving Machine DIY Kit 7×7 is probably my favorite recommendation for a kit. It comes with great instructions and comes from one of my favorite retailers, Amazon. The last thing you want is a machine that you can’t return if it’s not the right fit.
Regular price is around $400, but I’ve seen this diy cnc router kit as low as $360 USD. This is a great diy cnc router kit for the beginner who does the occasional cnc routing/ engraving work.
The Zen Toolworks 7×7 is a desktop machine so can be stored away pretty easily and has a small footprint. Also as a head’s up – this machine runs on Artsoft Mach 3 software.
As with most diy kits, it may take a bit of time to put together. This should take you no more than half a day, as the machine is put together mainly be screws. The PVC plastic should last a while as it is nice and rigid.
This machine is a larger version of the aforementioned 7×7 machine that is available on Amazon. This cnc machine has a list price of $700, but can be found cheaper on Amazon. There is a 12 x 12 inch travel capacity on the bed.
Remember that stepper motor drivers will need to be purchased as well as a dremel/ spindle/ cutter. The stepper drivers will drive the 3 stepper motors that comes with this kit. This kit should be pretty easy to put together, definitely around half a days work with regular tools.
The good thing about Zenworks is that the support is great. You also get protection from Amazon in terms of returns if the machine is not up to standard. A great deal for those looking for a complete cnc router kit that is easy to buy.
Kikori CNC – What started as a Kickstarter project is now available as an entire kit. That’s right – you don’t need to get anything else. This low-cost cnc machine has a 4’x8′ milling area and comes in at only $4000.
All you need to supply here is your own router, table and of course, a computer. This a great deal for a complete cnc router kit!
BuildYourCNC has a great diy article as well as parts that you can get from then separately You’re going to have to read through and get the parts separately which they do have – but this is a big annoying compared to getting a whole kit like the ones recommended above.
Motiontek has a great little mechanical router cnc kit available. With different kit steppers and working table sizes, there are different parts available here to build up a hobby cnc router kit of your own.
FineLine Automation has cnc kit routers available in different sizes. These guys are definitely worth checking out. Sizes available include 2’x3′, 2’x4′, 4’x4′, 3’x3′, 3’x4′. These are some reasonable sizes for doing some good work on.
Cnc router parts – I’d recommend the CRP4896 4’x8′ diy cnc router kit here. They do have other products, but this particular size isn’t available at Fineline Automation, so I definitely suggest cnc router parts as a good place for larger diy router kits as a start. They have 6 different kits to choose from for a cnc wood router kit.
Conversioncnckit.com – This is a great resource for conversion kits. They also have both cnc lathes and routers available too.
What cnc router kits do you recommend?