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Choosing the right CNC machine
With the number of options increasing and so many details to be considered, choosing the right CNC machine for your shop can be challenge. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Hobbyist-level CNC machines are all-in-one carving units that won't take up a huge amount of space in your shop. They feature a built-in motor/spindle into which the cutting bits are mounted, and they offer plug-and-play convenience. Just load the included software onto your computer, connect the CNC machine with the included USB cable, follow the instructions and start carving. Because of the smaller footprint of these machines, they work well for smaller-scale work.
Professional-level CNC machines are larger and, as a result, can accommodate larger workpieces. Along with increased power and capacity, these CNC machines have enhanced controls and include more sophisticated software. An external router (sold separately) is mounted in the machine to turn the cutter. (Some models require a Bosh Colt trim router, and some can accommodate larger routers with more power.)
Specialized CNC routing bits are available, and we offer the five most popular bits in a set.
So whether you're a hobbyist looking to make extraordinary carved gifts or a professional who needs to mass-produce detailed wood products, Rockler has the perfect model to fit your needs.