If you’re into crafts as a method of providing an income, and you don’t own or have access to a CNC machine, you might want to find out how you can get your hands on one or rent one in your local area. Much like laser micromachining, a CNC machine, in much less time, can make precision cuts on a sign or craft which would take you or I much, much longer…that is, if we had that kind of skill.
If you’ve heard of CNC machines, then you know how awesome they are, AND, you know how much time they can save you…especially when it comes to mass production.
The first time I had actually heard of a CNC machine was when my wife showed me a picture of one of the crafts of someone she follows on Pinterest. It was basically a word, written out in cursive, cut out of a piece of plywood. All I could think of was, “Man, how the heck did they cut that with a jigsaw….or even a scroll saw.” I asked how that person did it and Amy then mentioned the CNC machine. So, we started to search for CNC machines online to find out that they aren’t exactly cheap…especially the bigger ones.
If you’re curious about the price, a good one would range between $1500 all they way up to $30,000. Yeah. You’d have to be pretty serious about your business to make an investment like that.
Just as an example of the possibilities of CNC machines…here are a few pictures.
From complex designs to a simple word cutout, the sky is the limit with these things. You can find them just about anywhere new or used. Both Amazon and Ebay have a decent selection, but if they aren’t quite in the budget yet, you may want to think about renting one, or having someone cut your design for you until you get the funds to purchase one.