Mini CNC Mill Drive
This is to get the ball rolling for the acquisition of a mini CNC mill/router for Bloominglabs.
What could we do with it? (The sales pitch)
First, what are the realistic capabilities of a CNC mill we could afford, and how does it compare to the laser? Like the laser, it would be limited to fairly thin/soft materials. However, it would add the ability to cut, deeply engrave, and shape aluminum and other soft metals to the list. It would also do a much better job at 3D shaping than the laser.
The cost per minute to run a CNC mill is also potentially less than the laser, and the machinery is less fragile overall.
A CNC mill would require a dust/waste collection system.
What do we want?
There are a lot of DIY and kit CNCs around. The one I'm leaning toward is the Shapeoko 2, in kit form from Inventables.
Why the Shapeoko?
This machine is:
- intended for hobbyists
- desktop-sized, but expandable
- open-source hardware
- upgradeable (with fairly large community support)
Why not the Shapeoko?
This machine is not:
- a Blackfoot or a Shopbot
- $150 Daniel
Current Purchase Status
- Get pledges totaling our goal
Owners, Usage, and Safety
Bloominglabs will be the owner, donors receive a tax deduction. We are an awesome group and all play well together, I think we can craft usage guidelines as usage evolves.