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Old 24th January 2014, 04:56 PM   #1
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Default Recommendations on a CNC machine for PCBs?

I am getting really tired of etching and manually drilling holes with a dremel, so I am looking at getting a CNC machine for pcbs. I'm looking spend less than $1000 on one and would like some recommendations... not looking for something to break in 3 weeks or to be very sloppy with precision. I also want to use 10 mil spacing and 10 mil tracks no sweat.

How is something like this?

Hot Sale PCB?s Drilling Milling 2518B Engraving CNC Router ENGRAVER Machine | eBay

Or any brands/ebay auctions you guys suggest?
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Old 24th January 2014, 04:58 PM   #2
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Oh yeah, doubled sided is a requirement but I'm sure any cnc can handle that (alignment process).
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Old 24th January 2014, 07:15 PM   #3
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As this is a DIY forum, have you looked at the many DIY CNC/router designs? Some even swap out the head to do 3D fab.

I was looking at the old woodworking CNC router Sears used to sell as the company still sells them under their own name. The step increment is WAY too large.
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Old 27th January 2014, 10:36 PM   #4
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I really don't want to make a diy cnc machine, seems too much work.

Any recommendation on brands/off the shelf ones from ebay/amazon?
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Old 28th January 2014, 02:36 AM   #6
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$1000 (plus the FR4 to feed it) buys a hell of a lot of boards from China, unless you're in a tearing hurry.
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Old 28th January 2014, 10:08 PM   #7
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$1000 (plus the FR4 to feed it) buys a hell of a lot of boards from China, unless you're in a tearing hurry.
They're useful for other things too.

We have a Taig CNC desktop mill. I haven't had time to learn how to use it but I can ask around. I know some people have used it for that purpose.
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Old 28th January 2014, 11:24 PM   #8
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Default try the rep rap website

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I really don't want to make a diy cnc machine, seems too much work.

Any recommendation on brands/off the shelf ones from ebay/amazon?

Try rep rap and look on ebay some are built for 800 or less,
I am building a 3d from scratch,CNC hobby has alot too and this is all dropping in price!
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Old 6th February 2014, 02:50 PM   #9
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I think what you want is called a CNC router, not a CNC milling machine. They are different. Something like this would be fine in my opinion:
New 3020 Desktop Router ENGRAVER Drilling Milling Engraving Machine CNC G | eBay

Repeatable to 0.05 mm, spindle precision of 0.03 mm.

Just know that you need a computer and software to go with it.
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Old 6th February 2014, 02:58 PM   #10
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I had a guy make me some PCBs using a CNC router. The results were awful.

The common method to use the CNC machine is only to remove a tiny amount of copper immediately adjacent to the tracks leaving the remaining copper untouched. In my application this left a lot of unwanted capacitance on the board which made it useless.
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