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Does anyone have any experience with using this CNC? I'm looking to buy the larger of the two, the capacity of 24"x 48"
I can draw in AutoCAD, but what program does this CNC use? Will I need a sub program that will run off of this? If a sub program, what is it? Or does it have it's own built-in software program?
I ran through the manual and from what I understand, it's just a 2 axis CNC. Am I correct?
If you have or had experience with their CNC, what are the pro's, con's, etc of this machine? I don't have 100,000 to invest in a real CNC and don't have a need for a big honker either. This will be for occasional radius parts and various other things
Also, I forgot what it is called, but does this CNC have a "find anywhere" (0) XY, so i can put the piece anywhere on the table and it will automatically find the corner?
What else should I know before I invest $8,000 into this machine?
A) you may have some learning curve no mater the make or model, B) it is 3 axis X Y Z and C) no without some form of laser it will not "Automatically find the edge of anything,, it can however find what it is told and then repeat that as often as desired.
A cnc is a wonderful thing,, change everything about my shop back in 07.
You might save some considerable $ if you find the other brands that this machine is sold under. Do some web research. Just make some locating pins to represent 0,0. On real machines they are pneumatic pop ups but you could just make yours removable by using the edge of the table or something as a reference.
You should know where you are going to get tech support. Your Powermatic dealer, fat chance. As mentioned, this is very likely a common Chinese machine on a specific Powermatic base. You do get a 5 year warranty from Powermatic, but service would sure scare me.
Please provide model number or type. What controller does it have? Is it the new powermatic cnc or is it a used one?
The new machine is typical overseas router with a powematic label. Basic g code file. I suggest you buy aspire software to output the code file which you can then transfer to the controller via USB drive/stick.
You can easily do what you need with this machine.