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    What are the uses of milling machine?

    I am a bit confused or rather misinformed as to what are the uses or utilization of milling machine, I read a lot about them but I could not find exact answer to few questions, I do a lot of fabrications and it looks like a milling setup could help.

    Could a milling machine be used to create parts like radio bezel?

    Is there a way to use it to say create "thread" on a metal or plastic cylinder (like creating a bolt of specific thread), could it also be used to create the nut that goes with it.

    What is the recommended price range/brand name for an entry level setup but one that could be eventually expanded if proven useful (I am not looking for a dead-end setup)?

    Also, I understand form posts by Giuliano that some sort of CNC interface is available? is it too expensive, where do I get the software from if interested.

    Too many questions, sorry, but I could not find any where the info I need.

    Thanks in advance.

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    suffice to say, there is not much you CAN'T make with a decent CNC setup. If you're looking to create external threads or non-standard internal threads, you need a lathe with the proper tools.

    i'd look at the CNC Jr. from CNC Masters. (i think just cncmasters.com) That gets you everything you need to go full 3-axis CNC for about $6000. It weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 800lbs so make sure you've got space and support for it.
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    If that's a bit out of your budget, take a look at http://www.cnczone.com/ and build your own...
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    we actually have a combination mill/lathe setup in our shop. It's called a "shop fox" google that and you'll probably turn it up. If you're not needing CNC right away, that thing is good and cheap to start with. i think it was only about $3000-$4000... not bad when you consider you're getting two different machines. So long as you don't abuse it ;-)
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    Great info, thank you guys.
    Sorry to ask a lot, but another question just came up, Can I do big items on it, say 3' L by 6" W by 3" deep - I think it depends on how big the table is.

    How is the learning curve, is it steep? I am very good with all types of machines and very handy.

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    Hey, this is actually my first post here, been a long time lurker. (Hey everyone.)

    The size of the object depends on how big the CNC table is, and how far the router can move. And are you good with software? And 3D drawings? If so it's pretty much similar to printing as long as everything is set up properly.

    PS: If you do get one, you think I can use it if I pay for time? I'm in NJ as well.

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    welcome arjun!

    one of the nifty things about CNC is the sheer precision you have with the system. The truth is, the part envelope can be overcome by dividing your model into sections and machining each individually. This is easier to do with some materials than others, but when you're doing softer stuff like wood, plastic or foam, you can machine a part of virtually any size... one piece at a time, and the edges should line up pretty darn close.
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    those are good for really soft things like foam and most woods, but my biggest worry about those are the kinds of vibrations you can get and tool *****ages that can happen with a cheaply built mill. May not be bad to start with at all, but i figure if you're going to spend the cash to get a CNC machine put together, you might as well make sure it can grow with you as you develop your designs and go to stronger and more permanent materials.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoHybrid View Post
    those are good for really soft things like foam and most woods, but my biggest worry about those are the kinds of vibrations you can get and tool *****ages that can happen with a cheaply built mill. May not be bad to start with at all, but i figure if you're going to spend the cash to get a CNC machine put together, you might as well make sure it can grow with you as you develop your designs and go to stronger and more permanent materials.
    I would most definitely want to work with metal as well as soft materials,it would really suck if it broke while doing metal work but I thought the $600 price tag is more appropriate versus the $6,000.00 which sounds like overkill in my case
    But if you really think I will grow into it fast enough maybe Ill go with your suggestion instead! (I was almost ready to place my order with "mikromark" which I had been putting toghether for a couple of days when I stumbled onto this discussion)

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