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Uses of a cnc router ?

9/28/17       
alain Member

hello all
i own a carpentry and i make all sort of woodwork like kitchen cabinet , entrance doors ,tables ,wall panels me and my team do it all ....
and i would like to know what is the purpose of u owning or using a cnc router ? what kind of stuff can it be done using this machine ?? and if u can show me some pictures about some work done by a cnc router that will be great
thank you for your time

9/28/17       #2: Uses of a cnc router ? ...
Dropout Member

Youtube is your friend. More info there than anyone could write here in a month.

9/28/17       #3: Uses of a cnc router ? ...
rich c.

They can do all the stuff you do now, but at the same time you are assembling the last job it cut.

9/29/17       #4: Uses of a cnc router ? ...
Mark Records  Member

Website: http://www.recordscabinets.com

A CNC router can do what you already do faster and more accurately. Besides tables, wall panels and custom cabinets--at least with heavier machines--you can cut aluminum, plastics, foam, or thin stainless steel sheets. Plus, you can cut signs and other misc. items when your machine isn't banging out cabinets.

10/1/17       #5: Uses of a cnc router ? ...
alain Member

thank you all for your good advice

10/2/17       #6: Uses of a cnc router ? ...
Mark B Member

I will give you a bit different take from someone who has been a ground up general contractor for nearly 30 years and now running our shop (with CNC).

Integrating CNC into your construction workflow is not as simple as it may sound. You will have hours and hours of drawing and more hours than that if you are not generating highly accurate and detailed drawings for your jobs right now (without the cnc). Even though its an incorrect assumption you will find your guys saying that in the time it takes you to draw and run the parts they could make them old school. This may be true but the accuracy and repeat ability are not even comparable.

As a builder its my opinion that you need very specific tasks for a CNC to make it a profitable investment.

We dont build much anymore and are all wholesale shop work so the CNC works. I cant honestly say that would have been the case when we were doing ground up. Perhaps some cabinet carcass' or some garage/closet cabs here and there. Maybe some custom architectural work (bracketry, pergola's, gates, etc). But in my recollection of 30 years of field work I can clearly envision a $50K CNC sitting in the shop a large percentage of the time with the lights, air, and breakers, turned off to the machine.

My $0.02 would be dont waste your time if your not planning on having a dedicated man (salary) just drawing, programming, and running the CNC to feed the crew in the field. If you and your crew have to do all the field work and learn to feed the CNC (drawings and physically feed it) I wouldnt bother.

10/2/17       #7: Uses of a cnc router ? ...
alain Member


first of all thank you Mark B for your response
i was thinking by buying this cnc i can sell it as a service to the near carpenters my location in the industrial zone and their is no cnc service near me and i would be able to make my own work more accurate and to be sell a new line of product using the cnc like modern tables wall panels with design on it ....

10/10/17       #8: Uses of a cnc router ? ...
JP Member

I bought a cnc this spring for my shop.
It has been quite the learning curve honestly, don't expect to make it do your bidding right away unless you have experience with one.

I still mess around more on the design software than I would with paper and pencil.

But the upside is that It can out cut me on the sheets as long as there are dodos and holes to be bored. That and the fact that I can edgeband or sand while it's cutting.

It has opened up a few avenues that I would have turned down before.

Get one if you choose, but do expect to spend time with the design software. It takes longer than I have spent to be truly proficient.

Some things are just faster to do the old way. Cutting sheet goods is my primary use. The carving aspect is neat but I don't do it much.

10/26/17       #9: Uses of a cnc router ? ...
Norm Grimberg  Member

Website: http://mdaltd.ca

A CNC router can be used in the production of many different items, such as door carvings, interior and exterior decorations, wood panels, sign boards, wooden frames, moldings, musical instruments, furniture, and so on. In addition, the CNC router helps in the thermoforming of plastics by automating the trimming process. CNC routers can help ensure part repeatability and sufficient factory output.

10/29/17       #10: Uses of a cnc router ? ...
Salce Smith Member

Website: https://www.ricocnc.com/

CNC router is a computer controlled routing machine. Its tool paths can be controlled via computer numerical control. This machine is used to cut wood, plastic or metal, also used for routing out letters for signs, cabinet nesting, door making, etc. Besides routing and signage, these machines can act as engraving machines, so you can get a lot of usage from one machine.


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9/14/20       #11: Uses of a cnc router ? ...
FORSUNCNC Member

Website: http://forsuncnc.com/

What is a CNC router?
A computer numerical control (CNC) router is a computer-controlled cutting machine related to the hand-held router used for cutting various hard materials, such as wood, composites, aluminum, steel, plastics, glass, and foams.

FORSUN CNC router machines can be used to produce items such as door carvings, interior and exterior decorations, wood panels, signboards, wooden frames, moldings, musical instruments, furniture.


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