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CNC Router for less than $300? Absolute Beginner

Discussion in 'CNC Mills/Routers' started by scriptomania, Sep 1, 2018.

  1. scriptomania


    Feb 11, 2018
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    Hi there, I am an absolute beginner to the CNC world and would love to start working on some projects.

    First off, I'd need a CNC. I'm limited to $300. I was looking at the routers from "MySweety" on amazon. Thought about getting the 3018 model. Is that a good machine? or at least has anyone got a cnc from mysweety before?

    If not that kind.. What would you recommend? You'd probably say to build one, though I don't know all the parts..

    Second - Software: I know the process goes CAD > CAM > CONTROL - I have Autodesk fusion 360 ( still a newbie to it..) what else would I need?

    Lastly, I just want the help! I know it seems like I'm asking for a lot.. but honestly how else would I find out.. I've already searched all over the internet, watched lots of videos.. and honestly.. I just need another person's voice of opinion, a thread I can actually comment on voicing all my comments and questions.

    Any help is much appreciated! Thanks!


    Since I'm limited on cash, I am trying to sell some stuff of mine.. anyone want a mackie pro fx8 v2 mixer?
  2. Rick 2.0

    Rick 2.0 OpenBuilds Team
    Staff Member Moderator Resident Builder Builder

    Dec 20, 2013
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    I don't recall anyone mentioning one here but the Amazon revues would indicate that it's probably not money well spent. A $300 machine is possible but would be fairly limited in strength and capacity. The real question is what you intend to use the machine for. Building a machine and immediately realizing you need to upgrade is not the most economical means of achieving your dream as there gets to be a lot of waste involved.
  3. Kevon Ritter

    Kevon Ritter Veteran

    Apr 30, 2015
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    You'd be able to cut foam, but that's probably it. You're not going to be satisfied with anything even double that budget.

    You can do a laser or printer though, but even that would be a but sketchy.
  4. jeffmorris

    jeffmorris Well-Known

    Nov 6, 2017
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    Don't waste your money on any cheap CNC machines. Those machines have weak "collets".

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