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Uses of a cnc router ?9/28
Youtube is your friend. More info there than anyone could write here in a month.
They can do all the stuff you do now, but at the same time you are assembling the last job it cut.
A CNC router can do what you already do faster and more accurately. Besides tables, wall panels and custom cabinets--at least with heavier machines--you can cut aluminum, plastics, foam, or thin stainless steel sheets. Plus, you can cut signs and other misc. items when your machine isn't banging out cabinets.
thank you all for your good advice
I will give you a bit different take from someone who has been a ground up general contractor for nearly 30 years and now running our shop (with CNC).
Integrating CNC into your construction workflow is not as simple as it may sound. You will have hours and hours of drawing and more hours than that if you are not generating highly accurate and detailed drawings for your jobs right now (without the cnc). Even though its an incorrect assumption you will find your guys saying that in the time it takes you to draw and run the parts they could make them old school. This may be true but the accuracy and repeat ability are not even comparable.
As a builder its my opinion that you need very specific tasks for a CNC to make it a profitable investment.
We dont build much anymore and are all wholesale shop work so the CNC works. I cant honestly say that would have been the case when we were doing ground up. Perhaps some cabinet carcass' or some garage/closet cabs here and there. Maybe some custom architectural work (bracketry, pergola's, gates, etc). But in my recollection of 30 years of field work I can clearly envision a $50K CNC sitting in the shop a large percentage of the time with the lights, air, and breakers, turned off to the machine.
My $0.02 would be dont waste your time if your not planning on having a dedicated man (salary) just drawing, programming, and running the CNC to feed the crew in the field. If you and your crew have to do all the field work and learn to feed the CNC (drawings and physically feed it) I wouldnt bother.
I bought a cnc this spring for my shop.
I still mess around more on the design software than I would with paper and pencil.
But the upside is that It can out cut me on the sheets as long as there are dodos and holes to be bored. That and the fact that I can edgeband or sand while it's cutting.
It has opened up a few avenues that I would have turned down before.
Get one if you choose, but do expect to spend time with the design software. It takes longer than I have spent to be truly proficient.
Some things are just faster to do the old way. Cutting sheet goods is my primary use. The carving aspect is neat but I don't do it much.