I'm a computer modder and often find myself short of accuracy when creating my parts. I do everything by hand. So, it's a lot of filing, sanding and measuring before even the simplest part could be created. I work mostly in Acrylic, but have the need for aluminium, up to 8mm-10mm thick. My dream and a real CNC, but I live in an apartment making it impossible to unpack and mount a CNC every time I need to create parts (as of calibration etc – I'm told). I also understand that cutting 10mm aluminium isn't something you do with a hobby machine, so a beast capable of 10mm aluminum is not a machine you move. So, to my idea or rather thought. Would it be possible (everything I possible, but let's call it plausible) to create a manual XY rig? Mostly like an CNC, but without the electronics. Reason for this thought is the cost, but also to start to build on, what in a future could be a real CNC, using real parts, like C-beam for a manual setup. I'm visioning a construction of pre-mounted beams you can slide together (when needing to cut) then mount a motor (I got a Makita and a Dremel). Clamp it to a table, Lock one axis (like X) and put start and stop brackets for Y and just push the Y back and forth, manually lowering the Z until the piece is cut. Thinking about digital caliper for controling position of the axsis. I do understand that the precision leaves A LOT to ask, but compared to a file and drill by hand, it should be a huge upgrade. So, smart CNC, Openbuild pros and genius engineers. Is this the dumbest idea ever? Should I just leave it until moving to a house and get a real CNC or is it actually an idea that could be done? Pref below 2-300$ in C-Beams, wheels and other needed plates? PS. Can you even mill Aluminum by hand with a router like a Makita or is it just small of a machine? DS I'll add a picture of a concept I'm currently working on, showing a very simple piece in 8mm aluminum (started learning Fusion 360 a few days ago, so sorry for lack of details ).