I want to start cutting our own materials (we have a laser cutter) but want to be able to cut ACM, PVC, Wood etc, a decent quality but basic entry level just for simple cutting etc. We have a flatbed printer 2500mm x 1300mmm so ideally something this size.
I’m thinking it will be an interim machine for 4/5 years before we go for a high end cnc/cutting table style like Zund etc.
Can anybody recommend a good company for a good basic cnc
AXYZ is very reputable and between those, I have looked at over the years they remain very competitively priced but also offer sort standard machine with a pile of bolt-on extras. Very good quality machines too. https://www.axyz.com/us/
Shopbot has been around a long time. In the past, I always thought they looked a bit like a Mechano Set CNC built machine but I have always heard good reports and for the price, they are worth considering. https://www.shopbottools.com
Some may scoff at the likes of shopbot, but the reality is, many of the hard-wearing industrial type CNC machines we see out there cutting an array of hard to cut materials 24/7 is overkill for what most small sign shops will use it for. you really need to consider what your going to be using it for most, how many hours in the day blah blah blah. Do not get me wrong, if you plan to add a completely new line of products and have someone dedicated to selling and pushing it, then, by all means, buy the best you can afford.
However, when we did it 21 years ago, we bought it to speed up our turnaround time, lower our spend on outsourcing, and yes, add new products to the line. It’s a bit like our Rolls-Roller, it isn’t being used every day, but it speeds up application no end, gives a better finish, lowers mistakes, saves us money and we wouldn’t be without it now. same applies to the router.
Cheers Rob, that’s exactly where we are right now, wanting to keep more in house, speed up production of what we do and add some extra lines we been avoiding as I didn’t want to bother about outsourcing. I’ve been to see AXYZ before so aware of them and their offerings so meeting up with them for a chat soon.
Thanks for your feedback as always and hope all is well with you guys.