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3 axis machines are nice for very simple prototype parts but as soon as you need to mill objects from multiple sides with multiple tools this can quickly become a a pretty manual process. A 4/5 axis machine could solve that problem though these are drastically more expensive. If this machine could not only be used for prototyping but also for production at a certain extend it could quickly pay for itself though.

Things to look out for:

  • control software future-proof (Linux, open source)?
  • replacement parts are affordable and quickly available?
  • tool selection (requires expensive special brand/kind)?


[edit] 3 Axis Machines

[edit] Haas Minimill

http://www.haascnc.com/mt_spec1.asp?id=MINIMILL2&webID=MINI_MILL_VMC#gsc.tab=0

€ 27.000+

[edit] Shapeoko 2

https://www.inventables.com/technologies/desktop-3d-carving-cnc-mill-kit-shapeoko-2

Full package: € 1061

Open Hardware/Free Software

[edit] Sherline

http://www.sherline.com/8540pg.htm

[edit] Othermill

https://othermachine.co/store/othermill/

2200$

[edit] Microproto CNC Mill

http://www.microproto.com/

2500$

[edit] KarlG's "kleine robuste Fräse"

a compact sturdy 3 axis mill developed by KarlG in the fpv-community.de forum. very precise. To order over pm from KarlG but the list seems to be long...

basic kit 1500€ (no motors, electronic and software)

assembling and calibration 500€

forum link (all german)

Video

[edit] 4/5 Axis Machines

[edit] 5axismaker

http://5axismaker.com

5 axis cnc milling and 5 axis 3d printing

From £5000 (approx. $6300)

[edit] Novakon

http://novakon.net/bedmills/pulsar/

Ship from Canada

They seem to have pissed off at least one customer in a major way: http://www.novakoncnc.com


[edit] Haase

http://www.team-haase.de/zubehoer/drehachsen

mills ranging from consumer to pro range with accessory for 4th axis


[edit] Roland MDX-40A

http://www.rolanddga.com/products/3d/mdx40/

Optional 4th axis

$ 13,000

[edit] Tormach

apertus° decided to get this one in the end.


http://www.tormach.com/store/index.php?app=ecom&ns=catshow&ref=PCNC770_Mill

$ 7000+

around 15 - 20 k$ for full package with tool changer and 4th axis.

They also have an injection molding accessory for 800$: http://www.tormach.com/store/index.php?app=ecom&ns=prodshow&ref=32079

User Feedback:

Problems:

  • no European Reseller (we shipped it with DB Schenker to Europe for a bit more than 1000€)
  • no CE
  • 110V supply for cooling pump, rest is 230V

Interesting analysis of their design decisions : http://www.tormach.com/uploads/11/TD30204_DesignAnalysis-pdf.html

[edit] Charter Oak Automation High-Capacity Square Column CNC Bed Mill

http://charteroakautomation.com/our-products/cnc-bed-mill

12K$

[edit] CNC 3040

http://www.carving-cnc.com/cnc3040-series/cnc-3040z-4d-new-version-router-engraver-drilling-and-milling-machine.html

4 axis option probably from China

$1,049.00

[edit] Noname

from China

4 & 5 axis

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Axis-CNC-3040-Table-Column-Type-Engraving-Machine-High-pricision-Ball-Screw-/251454573602?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a8bdc4c22

[edit] Pocket NC P5

http://www.pocketnc.com/products/

5 axis desktop CNC mill - still awaiting crowd funding campaign launch, no product until 2015

3500 $ target price

[edit] NS CNC

5 axis CNCs

different configurations for soft and harder materials - no pricing information on website

http://nscnc.com/mira-x5/

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