Hi everyone. I am totally new here and this is my first post. I am just about to embark into the world of CNC routers. I have done a lot of reading, googling, pouring through the posts on OpenBuilds, etc... I feel somewhat overwhelmed and not able to easily chose which route I should go down with. I do not mind spending money as need (within reason as I am retired) but I want to make sure that I buy the right kit so as to avoid finding out a fem months down the road that I should have bought something else. Some of the things that spring to mind that will affect my decision include. ==> Should be robust enough to route aluminum (I understand that smaller passes will be needed to achieve this compared to a proper mill and that it will take much longer to mill a piece of aluminum) ==> I also plan to do wood, acrylic, etc... ==> I am guessing that somewhere around 1 meter by 1 meter , plus or minus, should give me enough work area for what I want to do, and space in my workshop. ==> I understand that lead screw systems are better than belts (I am happy to be told that this is not the case) As I live in the UK, I am sort of drawn towards the WorkBee 1 meter by 1 meter lead screw driven CNC router from Ooznest, but that is based on googling and researching and very limited knowledge of CNC routers (but learning quickly hopefully). I also note that you can order the same kit from Aliexpress for a lot less money I am also confused as to wheter I should go for GRBL or Mach3/4 I am also a bit confused about 2.5D and 3D and whether that is all down to the software or if the hardware chosen affects that ability (It would be nice to have 3D as I plan to do carving. I do already have a metal Lathe and CNC mill ( the Warco ones) so I am able to turn and create straight forward milled items if needed for the CNC router. I would really appreciate it if those much more experienced people could help to guide me a bit so as to enable me to buy the right CNC router so that I can hopefully avoid all the newbie pitfalls of buying / building the wrong CNC router and then having to revisit the whole thing a short while later Thanks a million guys. Your help is really appreciated. ps. I love this forum. There is so much good and helpful information here.