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So i'm looking to start a small buisness, I curently work as a cnc operator where we make a medical devices. I really like the cnc world and and i always had a passion for wood working. I want to start small and do it more as a second job untill i have the programming end of it figured out. I'll probably hold off buying a machine untill i get my feet under me. So Im Starting with a computer and buying some software(recomendations? Ventic seems to be popular.) and work on establishing some programs so i can hit the ground running when i do purchase my machine. However within the next couple years i want to turn it into a full time gig. My plan is to make custom stair packages w/spindles, doors, cabinets, tables, trim, ect. As for the machine i would like to have a 3x5 to 4x8 and I'd like to have turning capabilities. The Legacy's Macerick 4x8 really seems to fit my needs(any suggestions?) I am considering the 3x5 to start out but it will kind of hinder some of the larger projects id like to do. Any thoughts/ recomendations?

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Hi, I think there is a sticky (permanent) discussion on this topic on the CNC forum home page. Just about everyone pitched in their approach and what they've done. There are also a couple of my posts on marketing CNC services. Check it out. Here's the link: https://www.routerforums.com/cnc-rou...iving-cnc.html
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Welcome to the forum! When you get a minute complete your profile with first name so it clears the N/a in the side panel.

You're an operator now but not doing any of the CAD/CAM work, correct? And since you have experience running the machine then I guess all you need to concentrate on is the design and toolpath (CAD/CAM). Do you have a shop or place you can park the CNC when you get it, financing for starting the business even though it's part time, is there an opportunity to sell the pieces you mentioned in your area or will you just have an online presence, etc.?

And yes, the Vectric line of products is very popular and versatile. I don't use it but I think you can download any of their products and play with them all you want but you can't generate code to actually cut something (or if you can it's only a few lines of code).

Like Tom said, check out the link he provided - there's some good stuff there. We're looking forward to seeing you around here, asking questions, participating in discussions, posting photos and all that good stuff.

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That's correct I'm just a lowly Operator only have been in the industry for 2 years now. But I'm very eagar to move into the programming side of things. I will start as a garage shop and if everything goes well hope to get more machines and to eventually move into a shop.

I actually am a operator full time and went back to work construction as a second job so i could fund this endeavor. I've was a carpenter for about 10 years so I definitely have knowledge that field. That being said I haven't pitched them yet, but over the years I've made connections with a handful of contractors who would be my potential clients. So ill probably start there. I live in a small close knit town in the Upper Peninsula so getting my name out around town shouldnt be too hard.

As for the CAD/CAM are you reffering to the free edition? I was considering buying so i could establish a couple programs beforehand.

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A CNC Router is just another tool, and is not always the best tool to use for some jobs. To do what you are talking about, you really need a pretty well equipped woodworking shop.
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A CNC Router is just another tool, and is not always the best tool to use for some jobs. To do what you are talking about, you really need a pretty well equipped woodworking shop.
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Welcome to the forum Cory.

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Good idea to go after the connections you already have. You want to always pick off the low hanging fruit when you're starting an enterprise, just know that at some point you have to reach higher. I think starting a business is one of the great adventures available to any of us.
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As for the CAD/CAM are you reffering to the free edition? I was considering buying so i could establish a couple programs beforehand.
You can create and save all the files you want with the free edition, including creating toolpaths. When you buy, you can use all to files you created with the free edition to export the g-code files as long as you are on the SAME COMPUTER the files were created with.
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