View Full Version : RC specific CNC milling machine

04-18-2004, 04:40 PM
hey everyone, my dad and i were talking about cnc machines in the car yesterday, and i was wondering if there was a company that made small cnc machines that could cut/create metal objects no bigger that maybe 8". Like a mini cnc machine. We were also talking about price, it seems that about $1100 is my limit, so basically, i'm looking for any companies or cnc machines that are small and can cut metal/aluminum/titanium/ and small sheets of steel, please help.

04-18-2004, 05:04 PM
hmm i dont know of any but it seems it would be wicked if you had one. Let us know what you find out.

04-18-2004, 06:47 PM
I don't think your going to find a CNC mill for that much even if its mini sized.

I'm getting one in a few months, but its well over $1100, its about $6000

04-18-2004, 07:48 PM
shurline makes a small hobby type lathe. around $600.00 to 700.00
there is also a small mill around $1000.00 no tooling. not sure of the brand. i will find out in a few days. they do exist for the hobby.

04-18-2004, 08:02 PM
Oh were is my father. He does work for a living using CNC's. But the one mini that he use's is not cheap. You are also going to need a program like master cam. That isn't cheap too. $15,000 or so for one seat in master cam. Try looking at used ones or something.

04-19-2004, 01:48 AM
they have mills also under $1000.00
these type are for the hobbyist.
if your looking for something for manufacturing, you will have to invest in alot more money.

04-19-2004, 02:13 AM
i think he wants one computer controlled with stepper motors.

04-19-2004, 02:34 AM
im almost sure, that its impossible to get CNC for $1100, rather manually contrlled mill, check company named Proxxon, ive checked once, and cheapest mill they got was about 300e

04-19-2004, 12:50 PM
My questions to you is WHY? Why do you need a mill with CNC capability? Are you planning to mass produce R/C parts? If not, a manual mill will do you just fine.

If you ARE, check out www.cncbotparts.com . Get a quote, they're VERY cheap and their work is very nice.

04-20-2004, 10:21 PM
check out minilathe . com.

04-20-2004, 10:38 PM
sorry, i decided i didn't need a Cnc machine after all but a manual one, are manuals different or harder to control? what about cost and materials it can cut? i'll mostly just use thick aluminum maybe carbon fibre. thanks for all the companies though i got to check'm out! :)

04-21-2004, 01:56 AM
Harbor frieght sells them also .

04-21-2004, 05:50 PM
Hey guys I've got a mini mill for $500 With shiping its manual but works just fine the cutters are expensive too, I spent about 200 on all the accesories i thouht i needed and now Im not so afraid of crashing my car sine i could just mill the broken parts :D Its prety fun too.
Also make sure you get a Quality one :p :)

04-22-2004, 01:19 AM
My brother and I bought a Sherline 5410 mill package last year. It was around $1250. I looked into a CNC conversion package for it and just the hardware to convert it would cost another $1100 not including the computer nor CAD program.

The Sherline 5400 series is their second-largest mill and it is great for making smaller items like shock towers or upper decks. For something larger, like a chassis, it is a bit too small and you will end up moving the part often to get from one end to the other (every time you move your work you change the alignment so the accuracy goes out the door). We have been cutting 7075 T6 with it and have had no real problems doing so. Carbon fiber cuts like butter but you have to run a vacuum to suck the dust or else it becomes a health hazard (don't breath CF dust!).

06-06-2004, 07:02 PM
A really good little mill that is full CNC is Taig Tools MicroMill 2000HD. For about $3000 you get everything. Do a search on froogle.google.com to find the cheapest price on this unit.

06-06-2004, 07:41 PM
well this intrigues me. id like to custom mill some parts but what is a good manual mill and would someone with NO milling experience be able to use it? would it be able to mill out shock towers or things like that for a buggy? what else would i need? what does it involve? also could i get everything i need for like $600?

01-24-2005, 10:24 AM
ok so i'm looking into this again. heres the mill i like- http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=44991
and i'm also looking at a belt/disc sander-this-
for the mill-what else will i need to cut metal and plastic? clamps? what bits? do i need oil or something when cutting aluminum? anything else?

01-24-2005, 11:46 AM
how about one of theseversa laser (http://www.versalaser.com/english/index.html)

01-24-2005, 11:56 AM
i could get a good CNC machine for that much and it could cut metal.

01-24-2005, 02:39 PM
I've got a Sherline 2010 CNC. Figure 1k for the mill and 1K for the CNC. CNC is very usefull for one off parts. The are some things that are just not possible to do on a manual. Try machineing a curve for example.

01-24-2005, 03:56 PM
I have a Sherline 4400a lathe with a vertical milling column, vise, fly cutter, end mill holder, etc. It cost about $1000 for all of those accessories including the lathe itself. Unless you are mass producing parts, cnc isn't neccesary. The advantage to the lathe converted to a mill is that you get a lot more Y travel (less X) and you can convert it back to a lathe in about a minute.

01-28-2005, 02:15 AM
I've posted this on this board before. I have a Taig CNC Micro Mill. Great mill. I can take 3/8" x 1 mm deep cuts in Aluminum no problem. It is about $2k for the setup. Also remember you will need good vices, clamps, cutters, etc. There is always something else to buy to outfit your mill.


01-29-2005, 10:02 AM
ok, i see this is beaten to death already. but what can a mechanically-inclined but total noob like myself use to make custom 1/10 and lower chassis?

01-29-2005, 04:07 PM
g10 its chepa and strong (I use it if you cant tell). Goto www.mcmaster.com and search for it.

01-29-2005, 05:53 PM
I agree with Maxxcrazy if you are gonna be doing custom work or one offs buy a conventional mill. How much room do you have? I personally would see about buying a used Bridgeport or buy a new Jet. I run a machine shop which has CNC machines and we still go back to the old Bridgeport for the faster set up time (for one offs) and versitilaty of it.

01-29-2005, 06:14 PM
Sherline makes a cnc package. Its over your limit but its small. sherline cnc (http://www.sherline.com/CNCmenu.htm)

And choice #2 is EmachineShop.com (http://www.emachineshop.com/)

Silent Night
01-30-2005, 08:56 PM
what about this micro one?


it looks good but i dont know anything about them at all.. I just want to make my own parts. do you think i could convert it to cnc later on?

I also found this one that looks pretty good.