View Full Version : CNC bench top mill

09-29-2009, 12:24 AM
Dear subscribers,

I'm preparing to purchase a CNC bench top mill to machine small bone
samples (~25 mm x 10 mm x 1 mm). I found a few companies (Sherline,
Maxnc,...) that sell machines that do what I need for $3 to 5,000.
However, they look almost like "toys" and I'm concerned that the frame
might not be stiff enough to ensure accurate milling.
In addition, Sherline proposes a linux based software (EMC, by linuxcnc)
to control their machine, and therefore proposes a very affordable system.

I'll be interested to know what researchers use in our field, as well as
comments or advice regarding the choice of a reliable machine and
software package (for a limited budget).

Thank you in advance,


Damien L Subit
Research Scientist
Center for Applied Biomechanics, University of Virginia
1011 Linden av, Charlottesville, VA, 22902, USA
(+1) 434-296-7288 x 148