Essential Things to Know Before Buying Your First CNC Machine

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After all the deliberation and discussion, you have decided to take the plunge and buy a CNC machine for yourself. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or an experienced one, selecting the perfect machine could be overwhelming. Therefore, the below tips might help you.

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  1. Know your project

This must be a no brainer for you, and you would not invest in a machine if you did not know the project well. Still, making sure you fully understand what sort of parts you’re trying to build is vital. You’re looking for the right kind of machine for your projects’ needs, but what exactly does that mean? Different machines can handle different grades of metal. The size of your workplace is also important. How much precision will you need? How about speed? Is it important to you that you’re able to get jobs done quickly, or are you willing to settle for a slower model if it means more accuracy or a lower price? All of these can be quickly answered as long as you understand what exactly you want to do with your machine once you get it.

  1. Understand the budget

The most important consideration while buying a CNC machine would be your budget. It is an expensive product, and hence a thought on the price must be given. You could look for a used machine for your first rig and see how the project goes. This would help you save quite a money. You could then pick a model that is both suitable and affordable for you. You must also make sure that with the model that you select, replacement of damaged parts is convenient and cheap. Any machine whether new or old would break down at some point of time and hence a good thought should be given to repairing costs as well. Most people consider the cost of replacement parts to be more significant than the price of the machine itself.

  1. Familiarise yourself with the brands

It is of utmost importance that you are aware of the products of various brands. This will enable you to gauge and compare various products. Some companies set themselves apart by their machines. Some are known to be cheap; some offer sturdiness and quality and, some are more expensive with a wide range of features. A few other companies are known to have a high standard of corporate values with excellent customer services. This knowledge would help you take the decision.

  1. Make sure you can program your machine and understand every bit of it

A widespread mistake that people make is buying a CNC machine which is too hard to use. Each CNC machine is unique and brings challenges and benefits of its own. Hence depending on your level of programming, you must make a selection.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You must make sure that you understand every function of it. Hence being hesitant is not going to down well. Everybody needs help at some point. Thus you should contact an expert when in doubt.

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Shirley D. McCormick


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