Think It. Make It. Podcast Episode #005 – What To Consider When Getting Into CNC

In this episode we discuss some basic things to consider and common questions from beginners when looking into getting a CNC. We go over the following:

  • What computer/programming skills are required
  • What type of computer you will need
  • Kits vs Ready-to-Run vs DIY CNC machines
  • Spindles vs Routers
  • Your desired machine uses
  • Long term goals with the machine
  • Lead screw vs Belt drive systems
  • What level support will the company offer
  • Online support
  • Buyer Beware – When sales person slams a competitor’s machine

There are a lot of choices in the CNC world and we would be lying if we told you that we did not want you to buy a Stepcraft CNC, but no matter what you decide to buy, we are more concerned about educating people to make the best decision possible for their needs, budget, skill level and long term goals.

LINKS from episode:

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Please let us know in the comments any questions or comments.

4 thoughts on “Think It. Make It. Podcast Episode #005 – What To Consider When Getting Into CNC”

  1. The support I’ve received from Stepcraft was very good. They helped me get the Q204 setup correctly, went through a few diagnostic checks and we still were stuck on power to the spindle. They took time to go through the possible faults in the power supply.

    I contacted my electrician whom installed a new 220V line weeks before. It turned out the circuit breaker on my home electric box was bad. After the electrician replaced it, the spindle on my Stepcraft came to life. So even though the problem was not with the Stepcraft machine or components, the support I received was top above and beyond what I expected.

    • Hi Steve, thank you for the comment and for being a Stepcraft customer. I am glad to hear that my support team took good care of you. I had the same type of problem in our facility since it is an old factory complex with the power when we first moved in here. It was a pain to figure out because you do not think that the electricity is the problem, but I was happy to discover it and get it resolved. Please let us know if there is ever anything else you need or we can do for you. – Erick

  2. Hi Steve-I just listened to this podcast. I appreciate your approach and the information you shared here. I don’t have a CNC Machine yet,but I am impressed with Stepcraft. Please keep up the good work.


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