Hi everyone! I'm about to start my CNC-journey and could really use your input! I've been doing a little digging on the internet and like to think that I am starting to connect the dots (alltough I'm probably not). Here's where I'm at: THE MACHINE I'm looking for a machine kit, something layed out, easy to put together in a couple hours/days. Plug and play basicly. The machine should have a 500(X) x 500(Y)mm worksurface and I would like to be able to cut materials upto 50mm. I'll be cutting wood for the most part but definitly want to cut aluminum as well. Currently I'm considering the Shapeoko 3 or Workbee both the smallest size. Here's why: - SHAPEOKO3: I feel like this machine is more accessible for those lacking experience (ME!). It's pre-assembled, there's loads of info out there (video's on youtube, forums and even some books) and comes with some fine software. Am I correct to assume this machine is more entry-level than the Workbee? - WORKBEE: What I like most about this machine is that it's screw driven. I like the idea of being able to work more accuratly and the rigidity it offers so when I want to cut harder materials. Also in it's high configuration it has a Z height of 106mm. (!!) Alltough there's less info on the more general platforms like youtube, the openbuilds-community and forum seem like a gold-mine. But I feel like the build and machine are somewhat a challenge for the unexperienced user. THE WORKFLOW CAD: Fusion360 & SolidWorks2017 CAM: Fusion360 Communication: Universal G code sender (Workbee) or Carbide Create (Shapeoko) Do I need anything else? If you guys have any topics that might be interesting, please do share! Let's make this a great entry-level topic for the aspiring makers among us!