So you are looking to buy a cnc mini milling machine? Well a cnc mini milling machine is a great choice as it will allow you to really take advantage of milling smaller items down to a very small tolerance.
Below is my guide on what to look for and what to buy when you are on the hunt for a mini cnc milling machine.
What is a mini cnc milling machine and what can I do with one?
Well that all depends on your project scope exactly. A good mini milling machine should be portable and be relatively inexpensive. The machine itself should be under the $1,000 mark easily. The biggest factor that will drive up the price is the cnc counterpart. A good cam program will set you back up to and over $10,000 for a single licence or seat with a program like MasterCAM or HyperMill.
A good mini cnc milling machine will be able to mill down to a very low tolerence. Sometimes even down to a quarter of a mm. Of course, this depends on the size, cost and the material being used to cnc mill with.
What’s the best mini cnc milling machine for sale?
Well there are some top brands out there that I would definitely recommend. Grizzly, Shop Fox, Sherline and Proxxon have great micro and mini mills. It is worth checking out all these companies first. Below are some of my favorites that have reviewed well. Click below for more information on each mill.
If you want something that is non-cnc too, you can still check out the above. With something that is more on the cnc side, I would definitely recommend checking out Sherline’s site. Of course, on top of your mills, you can also get mini lathes too, so bear that in mind when you are going to choose the right machine for the job.
Another idea that you could look at is getting a used or refurbished machine to save on costs. Or you can look at outsourcing the work. I recommend looking abroad for your outsourcing needs to save money, but it really is up to you and what your needs are and what you can get locally in terms of a good price and quality cnc work.
For further information, check out some of our articles on cnc programming as well as other cnc techniques such as engraving and laser etching. If you have a strong background in cnc or cad/cam, then you should be able to make a solid, informed decision on your next mini milling machine cnc.