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Firstly, what is a CNC router?

CNC stands for Computer Numerically Controlled. CNC routers are incredibly accurate and can be programmed to automatically drill, cut or carve materials and increase productivity. CNC routers are typically used in the furniture design and hobby woodworking. OMNI CNC router can be used on many materials such as wood, plastics, foam, rubber and for light metal cutting or engraving projects. Learning about CNC routers is an important task.

Typical CNC Router Buying Guide, Options and Features

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Here is our CNC router guide which lists several things to consider when purchasing a new router.

CNC Router Drive system- accuracy and quality of cut required

There are three types of drive systems used on CNC routers. The router drive systems used generally come in three types. They are ordered from least expensive to most expensive.

Rack and pinion

Lead screw

Ball screw

Rack & Pinion

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Lead Screw

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Ball Screw

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Rack and pinion could meet your general demand in the industry of sign, woodworking, furniture, architecture, plastic etc, is a not bad choice, ballscrew is good at of high precision.

Router with a Stepper motor or servo motor?
Biggest differences in CNC router motors used is that the stepper motor moves based on pulses and does not generally receive feedback from actual location. Servos are constantly being monitored and correct position if necessary. Router servos also generally provide higher torque capabilities as well, but they also come with a much higher cost.

CNC Router Vacuum Systems

In general vacuum systems function about the same. Things to look for would be how much vacuum pressure is available and how well the table will hold down your material. The more hold down force the heavier cut you can take depending on your material and router application. Check how vacuum system could hold material for you.

And OMNI offer several kinds of vacuum pump for your option, see below. For more info, you may click vacuum pump.

Becker Vacuum Pump

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Tongyou Brand Vacuum Pump, oil free.

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Qualified enough if you have limited budget.

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Spindles come in many shapes and sizes. Depending on your application and cycle time you may want to take heavier cuts. Just like standard handhelp routers. You need to make a decision on the size of bits tooling and chucking system you will need. Most spindles on CNC routers are permanently greased bearings.

Water Cooling Spindle, 2400RPM, Fitting with temperature indicator on Z axis.

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HSD brand, made in Italy, aircooling spindle, with tool changing function.

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Tool Changer- CNC router with multiple heads or tools

If you need to hand load a CNC router one tool at a time for a hobby then you do not need this option. Sign making cnc router is good for you.  If you are using the CNC router for production and require usage of more then one tool then this will easily pay for itself in labor. OMNI offers two kinds of  tool changers, linear type auto tool changer and carrousel type auto tool changer. Click ATC cnc router for details. Besides, if you are with lower budget, you also could consider pneumatic tool change cnc router , which is with lower cost and similar function. The best thing is to take a look at many different machines and figure out exactly what you need for most of your jobs. Or you may check which cnc router OMNI clients purchased by clicking OMNI clients story for some inspiration.

Carrousel Type Auto Tool Change

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Linear Type Auto Tool Change

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Router Bits

Linear Type Auto Tool Change

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There are many grades of CNC router bits. The main thing is to always have a sharp router bit!! OMNI offer 1 box of bits for free of charge, but this is rather not enough, want to see what other bits OMNI can offer you? Download cnc router bits list here.

CNC Router Size

When it comes to router size, this is something only you can determine. This could be a severe limiting factor for production quantities if you determine a better process if only the router could handle a bigger sheet.

CNC Router Costs

Costs vary from $1,500 for a little hobby bench top router to well over $120,000. For your consideration, we suggest you not just compare price, configuration, but also how to confirm if CNC Router Machine company is trustworthy or not,  payment, logistics .

Will this CNC Router work for project?

Click Solution to see what solution OMNI cnc machine could offer. If you are a manufacturing or industrial company you may want to ask the dealer or sales rep to run a sample or take some test cuts on the material you are running before you purchase the machine. With so many varying factors with CNC routers as compared to CNC machine tools which are capable of running almost everything, this can be critical in making your decision on a machine. You may also want to ask us if you can view the machine running at another customer as well, feel free to contact by filling below form. And you may also could click to see what people saying about OMNI.