3D printing has become much cheaper and accessible, but there has been a lack of decent CNC routers at the same price point. Now the 3018 CNC Pro from Sainsmart aims to fill that void.
Featuring a working volume of 300 x 180 x 45mm, this CNC router goes together well and is capable of machining timber, acrylic and aluminium. It can also engrave copper to make custom PCBs. This machine largely succeeded with everything I threw at it. For this low price plus a one year warranty, I am very impressed and recommend this for beginners looking to get into the hobby.
I have done a fair bit of CNC machining over the years by am by no means a professional machinist. I look forward to the great tips knowledgeable viewers will post in the comments to assist others.
For any cutters you buy, ensure they are 1/8 inch or 3.175mm in shank diameter.
UPDATE: I have a follow up video upgrading this machine. https://youtu.be/Q4TrzshXV10
Purchase the Genmitsu 3018 CNC router:
Amazon (machine): https://amzn.to/2LANGFQ
Amazon (offline controller): https://amzn.to/2XINLOq
Amazon (laser add on, untested by me): https://amzn.to/2xqTIAv
If you can’t get shipping from Amazon, you can buy it direct from Sainsmart (unfortunately more expensive): https://www.sainsmart.com/collections/cnc/products/sainsmart-genmitsu-cnc-router-3018-pro-diy-kit
3018 Pro wiki: http://wiki.sainsmart.com/index.php/101-60-280PRO
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