Hobby CNC routers offer the hobbyist, whether woodworking or model making, a great piece of equipment with extensive technology for a very affordable price. Usually, hobby CNC routers are small and are desktop/tabletop apparatuses. They are very portable and come in a large variety of different sizes.
Hobby routers can be very little machines that sit on top of the counter or other hobby routers can be a little larger and have their own tables and set up that sits out in the middle of the shop floor. The size of the hobby CNC router that you need will depend upon what type of work you are planning on doing with the machine. Furniture builders may want a larger machine while model makers will probably require one of the smaller hobby CNC routers.
Before deciding on the hobby CNC router that is right for you, you will first need to determine what exactly it is that you will be using the machine for and if there is any possibility that you may want to end up doing larger projects in the future. By determining this, you know that the machine that you are going to purchase will be big enough for you to begin with and if you have plans on expanding, then purchasing a larger hobby CNC router will be your best bet.
Once you determine what size of router you will need, you will need to determine your budget. Knowing how much you can spend on a machine like this will help you to determine what your options are. When it comes to these types of routers, you have several options. They are:
• Build one yourself
• DIY CNC router kits
• Purchase one ready to go
If you have knowledge of the CNC technology and have some sort of idea how machines work in terms of circuitry, etc, then it would be easy for you to build a CNC router for yourself. You can purchase plans that will give you the idea of where to begin and what path to take.
Next are the DIY CNC router kits. These kits are great if you are not for sure what parts you will need, etc. These kits include everything that you need from the instructions to the brackets to even the motor. They may cost you a little bit more than just buying the parts individually and building it yourself. If you cannot weld, don’t worry. Sometimes you can purchase bolt together kits.
Finally, purchasing one that is already ready to go may be more expensive, but it can save you a lot of time and headache in the long run. Plan on spending a couple of thousand at least for the better brands of the hobby CNC routers. Contact your local dealer and then do some comparison shopping with other brands and on the internet. You may be able to find a more affordable machine that will still allow you to do what you need it to.