I have been interested in CNC for a while now, and now that I have a fairly good supply of money I think it's time to try my hand at building one. My criteria for the CNC are:
*It has to be smallish (about 20" deep and up to 36" wide...)
*I don't want to do too much precise cutting as I don't own a bandsaw. My cutting methods are hacksaw, Miter Saw, Jigsaw, and Circular saw... A kit would be nice (as in one with all parts included like the one oomlout will eventually come out with...)
*I would only use it for foam most of the time, but it would be nice to be able to cut and carve wood and other materials as well.
*A Hotwire machine might be nice...
*I would like to build my own controller for it, because the prebuilt ones are expensive, right?
*I would like it to have 30 inches x travel, 20 inches y travel, and up to 6 inches z travel. Like I said, it will probably do sheet foam most of the time, so even 6 inches or less z travel would probably be fine. Any of these sizes could be adjusted, I'm not set on the exact size...
This machine would have to be able to work off of free or relatively inexpensive software. It would also have to be able to be stored 4 inches off the ground. I might bring it up to my benchtop when I use it, but it would be nice if it could stay down there on the shelf.